The Azure Services Platform is the name of an internet scale, cloud based operating system produced by Microsoft Windows. Windows Azure is intended to supply developers with a suite of software services and online hosting tools within the Windows operating system in order to build applications that will be used on the internet. Brand spanking new and waiting to be mercilessly scrutinized, here is a list of the key components of Azure:
- Windows Azure for service hosting and management and low-level scalable storage, computation and networking
- Microsoft SQL Services, for database services and reporting
- Microsoft .NET Services which are service-based implementations of familiar .NET Framework concepts such as workflow and access control
- Live Services, for sharing, storing, and synchronizing documents, photos, and files across PCs, phones, PC applications, and Web sites
- Microsoft SharePoint Services and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Services for business content, collaboration, and solution development in the cloud.
Previously known under the alias, ‘Project Red Dog’, Windows Azure “is a scalable hosting environment for you to deploy your apps in our cloud,” said Microsoft corporate vice president Amitabh Srivastava, who is one of the key players behind the Azure platform.
You can learn more about the Azure platform at the Windows Azure website.
Only time, and lots of testing will tell whether or not this jump will pay off for Microsoft in the future.