The Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Inititiative…

Microsoft has a well publicized cloud computing inititiative. It is called “Azure” Cloud computing initiative. It was announced with much fanfare and applause at the Professional Developers Conference(the word applause appears 15 times-I will save you the trouble of counting. )

The applause is justified: I think it is the first serious Cloud Framework that has solid Enterprise capabilities: Microsoft Office, EXchange,  Sharepoint Portal Server and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. It also is the first Cloud Framework that offers a full fledged relational database out-of-the-box.

It also supports an Elastic Compute Framework as well as a durable message bus. For storage, there is a choice of a simple Table/Blob storage as well as a sophisticated relational database that runs on top of Microsoft SQL Server.

The relational database in the cloud offers a clear differentiator over the other clouds.  Overall, Azure is the first framework that Enterprise developers can relate to.  Java based Enterprise frameworks are still not available in the cloud as an out-of-the-box service.  If Microsoft succeeds with this, this could be the way by which it is able to make increase its marketshare in the Enterprise market.

Published in: on March 25, 2009 at 5:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

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