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Cloud computing made possible with Azure

Ranked as number 2 in the Gartner strategic technologies of 2009, Cloud computing as a technology has been marked as the potential to have a significant impact in the enterprises in the future. Microsoft too has been investing a lot in shaping the cloud of the future to will help users, be it start-ups, individuals, hobbyists or even large enterprises; build a new breed of applications and potentially create new business of the future.

In the recently held PDC 2008,  Microsoft announced Azure, a cloud platform from Microsoft which comprise of the following technologies:

  1. Windows Services – A compute platform of the likes of Windows would be the basic building block for executing web application, WCF services on the cloud
  2. .Net Services – A service enabler that will allow enterprises to extend locally running services on the cloud and providing additional capabilities on service interface level security, connectivity and workflow
  3. SQL Data services –  To support on-premise SQL Server like storage capabilities on the cloud
  4. Live Services

We are working closely with Microsoft on these set of technologies to understand and in turn realize the learning’s into real life solutions that will benefit our customers in their businesses. Through these blogs we shall attempt to share learning’s and developments happening on the Microsoft cloud platform aka Azure.

You can download the Azure developer SDK from here. You can view details on the session we took at PDC 2008 here.

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