Windows Azure

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Windows Azure – a cloud computing platform and infrastructure was launched in the market on February 1st 2010 by Microsoft. It is commonly referred to as Microsoft’s operating system for cloud computing. It renders both Paas and Iaas services and backs various programming languages, tools, protocols of both – Microsoft and other third party software’s and systems.

The basic aim behind the creation of Azure was to build, deploy and manage the applications, services through a worldwide set-up of Microsoft managed data centers. Windows Azure can be utilized for the creation, distribution and up gradation of various Web applications without the necessity to maintain expensive and underutilized resources onsite. Numerous new competencies can be added instantly and with ease to the prevailing packaged applications.

Windows Azure entails its users a number of benefits. One such advantage is the provision of a familiar development environment. So instead of spending much time in adjusting to diverse systems, the users can easily make use of Windows conversant look and feel for its cloud computing services.

This dynamic cloud computing platform with holds a number of benefits such as:

- Optimize business operations and address simple and complex business challenges

- Easy access to applications at the time of need and at a reasonable price

- Maximization of current IT infrastructure

- Save onto the costs of hardware, training and maintenance

- Improved productivity

- Possess built in disaster recovery capability


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