If you are looking for a suitable platform for hosting your public, private, or hybrid cloud, then I recommend Windows Azure. There are several reasons why you might want to use Windows Azure for your cloud hosting platform. Here are 5 reasons why you should consider Windows Azure.

  1. Supports Multiple Languages – Windows Azure is flexible enough to be compatible with any Web language you program in, including PHP, .NET, Java, and Ruby.
  2. Integrates With Existing Environment – You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. You can integrate Windows Azure with whatever computing environment you are currently running.
  3. Scalable With Minimal Resources – You can scale up or down easily without depleting your own computing resources.
  4. Move Quickly, Save Money – Running an IT department has become very costly for many businesses. And with some companies there is so much red tape involved in the approval process that you can’t really distribute Web services very quickly or efficiently. Windows Azure changes all of that.
  5. Work On-Premises Or Off-Premises – The cloud is the cloud. You can operate an internal cloud, use external cloud resources, build a public or private cloud, or go the hybrid way. Any way you choose, you can integrate on-premise resources with off-premise resources easily and manage them all from one central location.

Windows Azure is one of the most powerful cloud hosting platforms on the market. Don’t deploy until you’ve examined this option.