Monday, October 27, 2008

Windows Azure is coming!

Today we got a little surprise @PDC2008: Windows Azure was announced!
I immediately changed sessions so I could attend to Manuvir Das' presentation: "A lap around windows Azure" for more information check out: Windows Azure.

So what is Windows Azure?
Windows Azure is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can be used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. According to Microsoft.

I will be attending more sessions about Windows Azure, so more technical information will follow. For what I've seen today it's going to be big, we've seen some demo's about live services of Sharepoint, CRM and SQL all available for us to develop on.

Live Services is a set of building blocks within the Azure Services Platform for handling user data and application resources. Live Services provides developers with an easy way to build applications, across a range of digital devices that can connect with them.

The Azure platform consists of five major services: Live Services, .NET Services, SQL Services, SharePoint Services and Dynamic CRM Services.

We got access to the preview of Windows Azure, but the commercial release will be in 2009.
A couple of notes about the business model of Windows Azure:
  • Consumption based billing
  • Strict SLAs with financial guarantees
  • Global reach
  • Presence in multiple datacenters
  • Geo-distribution
  • Service hosting options
Bit of a side note: I attended this session with my colleague Wouter Crooy. Who immediately started blogging about it, and showed me he was first with his blog. Gratz to you :-)

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