Microsoft's Cloud Plan Includes Azure and Apps

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted May 3, 2010

While Azure is still 'work in progress', Microsoft rounds out its cloud offerings with a number of software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings including SharePoint, Exchange, and Dynamics CRM. As mentioned in this Information Week story, Azure is a long-term bet for Microsoft because, for it to be a blockbuster the way Microsoft envisions, software needs to be written differently--just as Web apps are different from client-server apps, which are different from mainframe software.

Microsoft's cloud plans include popular software-as-a-service offerings in addition to the company's platform as a service, Azure.

"Azure is pay-per-use computing and storage offered from a virtualized, multitenant IT infrastructure, meaning systems generally are shared by customers for higher efficiency. Microsoft's cloud infrastructure includes systems management that handles tasks such as autoscaling and failover and APIs that developers can use to tap into those and other capabilities. Azure has been available since the beginning of the year, at a cost of about 12 cents per hour for a basic Windows server.

"Microsoft's service offerings include SQL Azure, a version of the company's database that has been configured for the cloud. Developers can run stored procedures and other SQL Server programming in Microsoft's data center rather than their own, with the added benefit that Microsoft takes on the headaches of database administration. 'They don't have to worry about tuning, load balancing, cluster management, and all that, because that's done at the automated systems layer,' says Doug Hauger, general manager of Microsoft's cloud infrastructure group."

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