Windows Azure: Microsoft Cloud OS
Microsoft, today at Professional Developers Conference 2008 announced a new cloud operating system, called Windows Azure. It is an OS that runs entirely from Microsoft’s own infrastructure.
Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect, dubbed this OS as Windows Azure (formerly known as Windows Cloud) at PDC yesterday. It looks like a mashup of Amazon EC2 type hosted services, Microsoft Online Services and other developer tools, including similar services that run on Windows Live.
The Azure Services Platform (Azure) is an internet-scale cloud services platform that is hosted from Micorsoft’s own data centers and provides a rich environment and a interoperable platform for developers to build new applications or make existing applications capable enough to support cloud OS.
Windows Azure can be used for:
- Add Web service capabilities to existing packaged applications.
- Build, modify, and distribute applications to the Web with minimal on-premises resources.
- Perform services (large-volume storage, batch processing, intense or large-volume computations, etc.) off premises.
- Create, test, debug, and distribute Web services quickly and inexpensively.
- Reduce costs of building and extending on-premises resources.
- Reduce the effort and costs of IT management.
Amazon and Google has already been into cloud-computing, and now Microsoft has also jumped into the bandwagon to provide large-scale hosting for web services and developers.
Azure looks promising and we hope to see our favourite applications on it, but only time will tell how far Windows Azure will go. For now, you can check out their website for more details and info on Azure and its services for Web and corporate developers.