Not the conventional topic of interest this is, but a slightly different one. Most of you might not be familiar with this word, and probably not aware if windows has launched such a thing. Yes windows has and has been used all over the world for more than 2 years.
Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform used to build, deploy and manage application through a global network. It is mainly used by industries all over the world, to improve their services with clients. Citations and Case studies given in their site. so you can say, windows Azure is Microsoft’s application platform for public cloud. Windows Azure can be used to build a web application that runs and stores its data in Microsoft datacenters. It can connect on-premises applications with each other or to map between different sets of identity information. The latest version of windows Azure was launched on June 2012. You can compare it with the apple I-cloud. It uses an operating system named Azure to run its resources. You can program and deploy web applications in .NET, Java, Python and Node.js languages.
Aer Lingus (a company in Ireland) is using Azure to create an interactive web application that integrates route maps with their reservation and booking process.
HR Locker provider of HR solutions to small- to medium-size companies, was built on the Azure platform.
The features offered by the new windows Azure are:
- Websites allows developers to build sites using ASP.NET, PHP or Node.js and can be deployed using FTP, Git or TFS.
- Virtual Machines lets developers migrate applications and infrastructure without changing existing code. Can run both Windows Server and Linux virtual machines.
- Cloud-Services - Microsoft’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment that is used to create scalable applications and services. Supports multi-tier scenarios and automated deployments.
- Data Management- SQL Database, formerly known as SQL Azure Database, works to to create, scale and extend applications into the cloud using Microsoft SQL Server technology. Integrates with Active Directory and System Center and Hadoop.
- Media Services - A PaaS offering that can be used for encoding, content protection, streaming and/or analytics.