After successfully lunch SQL Azure services now Microsoft launch Windows Azure. A complete and comprehensive platform for developing and deploying applications. It is now integrated for Windows, Mac, Linux OS developers as well. Supporting more then one Db like SQL SERVER, MySQL, Mongo DB etc.
For detail look at the Scott Guthrie (CVP Windows Azure, Application plateform) presentation at Microsoft platform.
Windows Azure provides a Microsoft Windows Server-based computing environment for applications and persistent storage for both structured and unstructured data, as well as asynchronous messaging. Windows Azure also provides a range of services that helps you connect users and on-premises applications to cloud-hosted applications, manage authentication, use inter-service messaging, and implement data management and related features such as caching.
SQL Azure is essentially SQL Server provided as a service in the cloud.
Major features are:
- Windows Azure Compute (Web and Worker Roles).
- Virtual Machine (VM role).
- Windows Azure Storage.
- SQL Azure Database.
- Data Synchronization.
- Content Delivery Network (CDN).
- Virtual Network Connect.
- Virtual Network Traffic Manager.
- Access Control (ACS).
- Service Bus.
- Business Intelligence Reporting.