Windows in the cloud….

Microsoft is finally taking to the cloud computing arena – with chief software architect Ray Ozzie revealing ‘Azure’ at the Professional Developers conference in LA.

Microsoft is finally taking to the cloud computing arena – with chief software architect Ray Ozzie revealing ‘Azure’ at the Professional Developers conference in LA.

Ozzie described ‘Azure’ as a turning point for Microsoft. “It’s a transformation of our software; it’s a transformation of our strategy and our offerings across the board to fundamentally embrace services.”

The announcement marks a move away from Microsoft’s previous stance on cloud computing – the “software plus services” strategy – which combined packaged programs with cloud based features and support…

Instead the Azure program enables developers to build online services and websites to operate on machines updated, maintained and protected by Microsoft.

“Windows Azure is not software you run on your own servers, but rather it is a service running on a vast number of machines housed in Microsoft’s own data centres, first in the US and then worldwide,” Ozzie said.

Miocrosoft believes the platform will provide users with massive room for storing data and vast reserves of computing power to tap into during spikes in website visits.

“We have built a platform to let you build your killer apps (applications),” Microsoft vice president of cloud infrastructure Amitabh Srivastava told the assembled developers.

“It’s a scalable hosting environment for you to deploy your apps in our cloud.”

Source: SMH

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