Category: Windows Azure


Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud solution. There are many benefits to using the Windows Azure solution, but here are six immediate benefits based on Windows Azure’s own characteristics.

  1. Wide Distribution – Instead of having just one big machine where all your data sits, your data is distributed over a large number of smaller machines. That’s really the essence of cloud computing.
  2. Scalability – In terms of performance, Windows Azure ensures your servers perform the same no matter how much data they are storing. Your chance of being Slashdotted is decreased tremendously to very slim.
  3. Replication – All data is replicated more than once. That equals greater performance, more scalability, and overall better service.
  4. Consistency – Writing code for Windows Azure is simple. When you update the projects you are working on, all future API calls will see those changes. Windows Azure updates immediately.
  5. Geodistribution – Imagine being in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina wiped out the city. If you had your data on one server in that location, then it was lost. Geodistribution allows you to distribute your data geographically. Having more than one copy prevents natural disasters from killing your business, but it also allows you to store your code close to the teams that need it.
  6. Loads Of Storage – You pay only for what you use, and you can always be assured that you’ll have more than you need.

Windows Azure makes cloud hosting easier and more manageable.

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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.

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud hosting platform. It’s flexible, versatile and scalable. One of the benefits to using Windows Azure is the ability to store data in three different ways.

  • Blobs – The most basic way to store data on Windows Azure is with something calls blobs. Blobs can be large or small. They consist of binary data and as such can be contained in larger units or groups. You can also use blobs to store data on Xdrives.
  • Tables – Beyond blobs, you can store data on tables. These are not like tabulated data in HTML. They are also not SQL-based. Rather, tables access data using ADO.net. By storing data this way you can store data across many machines within your network. You can effectively store billions of entities, each one holding terabytes of information.
  • Queues – A queue allows you to store data so that Web roles communicate easily with Worker roles. For example, a user on your website may submit data through a form to request a computing task. The Web role writes the request into a queue then a Worker role waiting in that queue can carry out the requested task.

With Windows Azure, when your data is stored it is replicated three times so that you can’t lose it. You can keep a backup copy of your data on another data center in another part of the world so that if something is lost it can easily be retrieved.

What Is Windows Azure?

Windows Azure is a cloud operating system developed by Microsoft. With Windows Azure you can develop your cloud applications, host your applications and manage your servers in a cloud environment. It’s a scalable and dynamic solution meant to increase the opportunities for cloud computing for companies of any size. It’s best use is for cloud-based applications on Microsoft datacenters.

Windows Azure is capable of the following functions:

  • Ability to run ASP .NET applications
  • Develop applications with .NET code in the cloud
  • Service a cloud hosting environment that interacts with other Microsoft products
  • Store data in the cloud
  • Access your data in the cloud more easily
  • Build and deploy your servers on site or off site

And there’s a whole lot more.

If you are doing business in a Microsoft Windows environment and desire to take your computing to the next level, decrease expenses and increase efficiency, then Windows Azure can be a huge asset.