Windows Azure 1

Windows Azure
Windows Azure
Windows Azure

Developer(s) Microsoft

Initial release February 1, 2010

Operating system • Microsoft Windows
• Linux

License Closed source for platform, Open source for client SDKs

Website [1]

Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and
managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. It provides both
platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) services and supports many different programming
languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Windows
Azure was released on February 1, 2010.

Windows Azure is Microsoft's cloud application platform. Windows Azure can be used to build a web application
that runs and stores its data in Microsoft datacenters. It can connect on-premises applications with each other or map
between different sets of identity information.
In June 2012, Windows Azure released the following new features:
• Websites allows developers to build sites using ASP.NET, PHP, or Node.js and can be deployed using FTP, Git,
Mercurial or Team Foundation Server.
• Virtual machines let developers migrate applications and infrastructure without changing existing code, and can
run both Windows Server and Linux virtual machines.
• Cloud services - Microsoft's Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment that is used to create scalable applications
and services. Supports multi-tier scenarios and automated deployments.
• Data management - SQL Database, formerly known as SQL Azure Database, works to create, scale and extend
applications into the cloud using Microsoft SQL Server technology. Integrates with Active Directory and
Microsoft System Center and Hadoop.
• Media services - A PaaS offering that can be used for encoding, content protection, streaming, and/or analytics.
The Windows Azure Platform provides an API built on REST, HTTP, and XML that allows a developer to interact
with the services provided by Windows Azure. Microsoft also provides a client-side managed class library which
encapsulates the functions of interacting with the services. It also integrates with Microsoft Visual Studio, Git, and
Microsoft released a set of infographics. One poster summarizes [2] Windows Azure and the features in it. A
downloadable PDF version also exists.

• Developers can write code for Cloud Services in a variety of different programming languages. Java. known as the Windows Azure Hypervisor to provide virtualization of services. of which they have complete control. Scaling and reliability are controlled by the Windows Azure Fabric Controller so the services and environment do not crash if one of the servers crashes within the Microsoft datacenter and provides the management of the user's . to run the Microsoft Data Centers.js. Windows Azure has been described as a "cloud layer" on top of a number of Windows Server systems. the Virtual Machine offering left the preview state and went into General Availability state (GA). Customers can create web sites in PHP.High density hosting of web sites. This feature was announced in preview form in June 2012 at the Meet Windows Azure event. called Windows Azure. node. the Cloud Services for Windows Azure comprise one aspect of the PaaS offerings from the Windows Azure Platform. or select from several open source applications from a gallery to deploy. These applications can be internet-facing public web applications (such as web sites and e-commerce solutions).Windows Azure 2 Services • Web sites . Other languages may have support through Open Source projects. The Cloud Services are containers of hosted applications.Announced in preview form at the Meet Windows Azure event in June 2012 the Windows Azure Virtual Machines comprise the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering from Microsoft for their public cloud. This comprises one aspect of the Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings for the Windows Azure Platform. Since May 2013. which use Windows Server 2008 and a customized version of Hyper-V.NET. and Node. however. there are specific software development kits (SDKs) started by Microsoft for Python. • Virtual machines . such as processing orders or analyzing data. or they can be private processing engines for other work. • Data management • SQL Database • Tables • BLOB Storage • Business Analytics • SQL Reporting • Data Marketplace • Hadoop • Identity • Active Directory • Access Control Service • Messaging • Windows Azure Service Bus • Queues • Media Services • Mobile Services Implementation Windows Azure uses a specialized operating system. Customers can create Virtual Machines. • Cloud services . Microsoft published the source code for their client libraries on GitHub.NET.JS and . As of the preview the Virtual Machines supported Windows Server 2008 and 2012 operating systems and a few distributions of Linux. to run its "fabric layer" — a cluster hosted at Microsoft's datacenters that manages computing and storage resources of the computers and provisions the resources (or a subset of them) to applications running on top of Windows Azure.Previously named "Hosted Services". .

Pricing and SLAs • Project “Dallas” CTP February 2010 • Windows Azure Platform commercially available June 2010 • Windows Azure Update • . CDN CTP and more • Announced VM Role. Startup tasks • Full-IIS support • Extra Small Instances • Windows Azure Connect • Access to on-premise resource for cross-premise apps • Support for Domain-joining VMs • Direct role-instance connectivity for easier development • Use your existing remote administration tools • Improved Dev / IT Pro Experience • New Windows Azure Platform Management Portal • Multiple users & roles for management • Remote Desktop • Enhanced Dev Tools • PHP Development • Marketplace . Java.Windows Azure 3 web application like memory resources and load balancing.NET Framework 4 • OS Versioning • CDN • SQL Azure Update (Service Update 3) • 50GB databases • Spatial data support • DAC support October 2010 (PDC) • Platform Enhancements • Windows Azure Virtual Machine Role • Role enhancements • Admin mode. History October 2008 (PDC LA) • Announced the Windows Azure Platform • First CTP of Windows Azure March 2009 • Announced SQL Azure Relational Database November 2009 • Updated Windows Azure CTP • Enabled full trust. Project Sidney. PHP.

per the USA Patriot Act.Hong Kong.Amsterdam. Privacy Microsoft has stated that. coming soon) The CDN nodes are located in 24 countries.815 hectares).Windows Azure 4 December 2011 • Traffic manager • SQL Azure reporting • HPC scheduler June 2012 • Web sites • Virtual Machines for Windows and Linux (backed by persistent storage) • Python SDK • New portal • Locally redundant storage Datacenters Some datacenters have servers grouped inside containers . China • South East Asia . The facility. Microsoft had completed 6. Microsoft has created a Windows Azure Trust Center.[3] Executives at Microsoft hoped that this figure would rise to 100. To manage Privacy and Security related concerns. Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC). coming soon) • Sydney. The locations of the data centers are: • North America • North-central US . currently covers 303.000 installations by 2011.000 installations of Azure in Ireland. Windows Azure is compliant with the E.000 square feet (2.California • East US . the data center can expand to a total of 22. Victoria (announced.Chicago.U. Netherlands • Oceania (announced. Construction of the $500 million facility required 1 million man-hours of work with a peak workforce of around 2. A full and current listing can be found on the Windows Azure .Dublin. Over time. Ireland • West Europe . 2009.each containing 1800-2500 servers. IL • South-central US . coming soon) • Melbourne.Virginia • Asia • East Asia . with 5. the US government can have access to the data even if the hosted company is not American and the data resides outside the USA. New South Wales (announced.4 megawatts of critical power available. Deployment in Ireland As of July 2010.2 mega watts of critical power to support future growth. TX • West US .San Antonio. and Windows Azure has several of its services compliant with several compliance programs including ISO 27001:2005 and HIPAA. However.Singapore • Europe • North Europe . which began operating on July 1.100 workers.

windowsazure. See Also • Amazon Web Services • Engine YardEngine Yard • Enlight cloudEnlight cloud* Force. com [2] http:/ / www. ie/ businesspost/ 2010/ 07/ 04/ en-us/support/service-dashboard/) • Windows Azure (http://www. Some have been system-wide with potentially significant harm. Date Cause Notes 2012-02-29 Incorrect code for calculating leap day dates 2012-07-26 Misconfigured network device 2013-02-22 Expiry of an SSL certificate[4] Xbox Live. Xbox Music and Video also affected 2013-10-30 worldwide partial compute outage References [1] http:/ / • GoGrid • Google App Engine • Google Compute Engine • Heroku • HP Converged Cloud • IBM SmartCloud Services • Jelastic • Nodejitsu • OpenShift • OpenStack • Rackspace • Softlayer • Skytap • VMware Significant outages Windows Azure outages and service disruptions have occurred from time to time. tcm. washingtonpost. asp) [4] Microsoft’s Azure storage service goes down.windowsazure. locking out corporate customers from their data (http:/ / www. html) External links Microsoft • Windows Azure Service Dashboard with Current (Un)availability Status (http://www. com/ business/ technology/ microsofts-azure-storage-service-goes-down-locking-out-corporate-customers-from-their-data/ 2013/ 02/ 22/ 4cda2a6e-7d48-11e2-9073-e9dda4ac6a66_story. • MSDN UK Windows Azure Platform (http://msdn.aspx) .com/en-gb/ee514245.Windows Azure 5 Trust Center Compliance page. windowsazure. com/ en-us/ documentation/ infographics/ windows-azure/ [3] Sunday Business Post (http:/ / archives.

Made by Microsoft Developer Evangelist (http://blogs. com/warnov/archive/2009/11/19/stairway-to-azure-3.Windows Azure 6 • Windows Azure Websites (http://www.Azure Tutorials and News ( download/e/4/3/e43bb484-3b52-4fa8-a9f9-ec60a32954bc/ • Microsoft Cloud Computing for Government (http://www. a Java API for Azure Storage ( cloud_computing/ • The Official Home Page of the Windows Azure platform (http://www. Chappell & Associates ( .com) David Chappell.aspx) Others • Windows Azure Status (Beta) (http://azurestatus.cloudapp.pdf) • "Tribune Transforms Business with Windows Azure" ( • Conceptual View of Windows Azure in • Introducing Windows MSDN Blogs • Cloud Computing Tools Blog ( • Microsoft Virtual Academy | Cloud-based learning experience focusing on Microsoft Cloud technologies (http:// • • AzureSupport.msdn.

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