A Cloud Operating System: Windows Azure

Monday, October 27, 2008

Microsoft has launched a cloud operating system called Windows Azure. Azure basically is a resizeable platform for developers of web applications. It combines hosting and tools for managing service delivery and will compete directly with Amazon's EC2 platform.

Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage internet or cloud applications. Windows Azure supports a consistent development experience through its integration with Visual Studio. In the early stages of CTP, .NET managed applications built using Visual Studio will be supported. Windows Azure is an open platform that will support both Microsoft and non-Microsoft languages and environments. Windows Azure welcomes third party tools and languages such as Eclipse, Ruby, PHP, and Python.

Microsoft unveiled the platform at the Professional Developers Conference today, saying that what's being made available today is a community preview. More features will be available when the full version is released.

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