Posted By Rich Miller On October 27, 2008 @ 7:54 pm In Cloud Computing,Microsoft | 1 Comment
Microsoft’s new cloud development platform, Windows Azure , was unveiled today by Microsoft chief software architect Ray Ozzie at the Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference in Los Angeles. Windows Azure provides developers on-demand compute and storage to host web applications and services in Microsoft’s data centers. Azure provides Microsoft with an online developer platform to compete with Amazon Web Services, Google App Engine and a growing number of smaller platforms.
Azure was released as a “community technology preview” and won’t be available until next year. Few details were released about pricing, with Ozzie saying it would be “competitive” and based on resource consumption.
“Today marks a turning point for Microsoft and the development community,” Ozzie said . “We have introduced a game-changing set of technologies that will bring new opportunities to Web developers and business developers alike. The Azure Services Platform, built from the ground up to be consistent with Microsoft’s commitment to openness and interoperability, promises to transform the way businesses operate and how consumers access their information and experience the Web.
“Most important, it gives our customers the power of choice to deploy applications in cloud-based Internet services or through on-premises servers, or to combine them in any way that makes the most sense for the needs of their business,” he added.
Here’s a roundup of reaction from around the web:
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 Mary Jo Foley: http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1671
 The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/27/microsoft_amazon/
 TechCrunchIT: http://www.techcrunchit.com/2008/10/27/microsoft-offers-cloud-computing-a-hearty-handclasp/
 James Urquhart: http://blog.jamesurquhart.com/2008/10/microsoft-chooses-azure-paas-to-clouds.html
 TechFlash: http://www.techflash.com/microsoft/_Windows_Azure_pits_Microsoft_vs_Amazon.html
 The Burton Group: http://dcsblog.burtongroup.com/data_center_strategies/2008/10/windows-azure-microsofts-entry-into-the-cloud.html
 VentureBeat: http://venturebeat.com/2008/10/27/windows-azure-brings-microsoft-into-the-cloud/
 Nick Carr: http://www.roughtype.com/archives/2008/10/microsoft_launc.php
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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