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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Microsoft Azure Enters the Crowded Cloud Computing Market | Profy | Internet news and commentary

Learned about this from Profy. Is this the software DBM is using? Need to check it out.

Microsoft Azure Enters the Crowded Cloud Computing Market | Profy | Internet news and commentary: "Basically the cloud OS by Microsoft is intended to serve as a platform for developers who may want to host their web applications remotely in Microsoft’s network of datacenters. Mary Jo Foley has a great explanation of the platform architecture and principles of operation.

Of course it is not a Windows operating system as we usually think of it - Windows Azure has almost nothing to do with our desktops as end users will still have to have an operating system on their desktops and browsers installed to access web applications hosted on Azure. At the same time the Microsoft’s cloud platform will serve as a new web-based environment for application developers.

But what is important to me as a consumer of web applications and everything that works out of the cloud, is how exactly the platform will be used and how it will benefit an ordinary user. First of all, the platform will host a few Microsoft’s own applications, like SharePoint Online, Exchange Online, Dynamics CRM Online. Also third-party developers will code and deploy applications of their own to run on the platform - these developers will pay for use of the service to Microsoft with no details of the pricing available for now..."
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