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Microsoft Azure Platform – A basic overview

The Microsoft Azure Platform is Microsoft’s Windows Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering that runs on servers and related network infrastructure located in Microsoft data centres and is connected to the public Internet. The platform consists of a highly scalable (elastic) cloud operating system, data storage fabric and related services delivered by physical or logical (virtualized) Windows Server 2008 instances.

Microsoft Azure

The Microsoft Azure Software Development Kit (SDK) provides a development version of the cloud-based services, as well as the tools and APIs needed to develop, deploy, and manage scalable services in Windows Azure, including Visual Studio 2008 or 2010 templates for a standardized set of Azure applications. Below image illustrates the platform’s primary cloud and developer components.

According to Microsoft, the primary uses for Azure are to

❑ Add web service capabilities to existing packaged applications

O Build, modify, and distribute applications to the Web with minimal on-premises resources

❑ Perform services, such as large-volume storage, batch processing, intense or high-volume computations, and so on, off-premises

❑ Create, test, debug, and distribute web services quickly and inexpensively

O Reduce costs and risks of building and extending on-premises resources

❑ Reduce the effort and costs of IT management

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