Practically Speaking About Cloud Computing: Microsoft Windows Azure Part I

Microsoft Windows Azure – Part I

By now, almost everybody is convinced that cloud computing is here to stay; more applications are getting transformed from on-premises based data center to internet accessible data centers. The benefits of the same are far exceeding compared to the risk associated with it. While the cloud offering from Amazon Web Services, which we discussed in detail in Cloudtweaks.com, are more towards IaaS or Infrastructure as a Service, Microsoft Windows Azure is more towards a PaaS or Platform as a Service offering. Running applications need a platform. Traditionally this platform can consist of a Server Operating System, Web server software, Database and more. Applications running in the cloud also need a similar platform. Microsoft Windows Azure provides a similar platform in cloud. Microsoft Windows Azure runs on Microsoft data centers spread worldwide.

In this brief article we’ll look at:

  • What is Windows Azure?
  • What are the different components and services?
  • Is it standing vis-a- vis with other leading cloud service providers like Amazon, RackSpace, Terremark etc…
  • The future of Azure

As a series of blog posts/articles, this is part I.

Windows Azure is a service from Microsoft. Companies can use this service to run their applications and store their data. The applications can be consumed by the company employees itself or by the customers of the company. The platform provides basic components like Computing, Storage capacity and a Fabric. As we have seen in Amazon Web Services, computing component runs the application (like EC2 in AWS) and storage component stores the data (like S3 in AWS). Fabric or AppFabric provides a common way to manage and monitor applications that use Windows Azure Platform.

Compute:

The compute service of Windows Azure is primarily intended for running different kind of applications. The design is tuned to support applications with a large number of simultaneous users. Windows Azure is designed to support applications that can scale out, running multiple copies of the same code across many servers. As usual or as done in other cloud services, multiple instances / virtual machine are created. Amazon Web Services uses Xen Virtualization technology in its public cloud service. Microsoft uses is Hyper –V hypervisor technology in Windows Azure. Accessing the compute service goes with account creation and through a browser. In Windows Azure there are two different types of instances.  Web Role Instance and Worker Role Instance. The web role instance is with IIS or Internet Information Server and accepts incoming http (or https) requests.  Worker role instances do not have IIS configured and so they are not hosted.

( To be contd.)

Article By Malick with CloudTweaks.com

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Join Our Newsletter

Receive updates each week on news, tips, events, comics and much more...

Can I Contribute To CloudTweaks?

Yes, much of our focus in 2015 will be on working with other influencers in a collaborative manner. If you're a technology influencer looking to collaborate long term with CloudTweaks – a globally recognized leader in cloud computing information – drop us an email with “tech influencer” in the subject line.

Please review the guidelines before applying.

Contributors

Cloud Infographic – Wearable Tech And Preventative Healthcare

Cloud Infographic – Wearable Tech And Preventative Healthcare

Wearable Tech And Preventative Healthcare There are so many exciting new opportunities available to utilize wearable technology in the future.  Areas such as nanotechnology disease monitoring, crowdfunding to wearable accessories are some excellent examples of the potential. Estimates vary, but appear to suggest that the market will produce between $14-50 Billion over the next few years. Included below

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips For Successful Business Intelligence Implementation

Ten Tips for Successful Business Intelligence Implementation The cost of Business Intelligence (BI) software goes far beyond the purchase price. Time spent researching, implementing, and maintaining your BI investment can snowball quickly and mistakes are often expensive. Your time is valuable – save it by learning from other businesses’ experiences. We’ve compiled the top ten

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

Knots And Cloud Service Providers

How Do These Two Compare? In Boy Scouts, I learned how to tie knots. The quickest knot you can tie is the slipknot. It’s very effective for connecting one thing to another via the rope you have. It was used in setting up tents, mooring boats to docks temporarily and lifting your food up into

Aggregated News

Popular News Sources

Virtual reality movies are coming

Virtual reality movies are coming

In a decade or two, going to the movie theater could feel as outdated as renting a VHS tape. That’s the future virtual reality enthusiasts from Oculus VR and elsewhere are sketching out, extolling the … Read the source article at Yahoo Finance About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of

Amazon Earnings: What to Watch

Amazon Earnings: What to Watch

Amazon Earnings Amazon.com is scheduled to report third-quarter financial results after regular trading hours Thursday. Here’s what you need to know:  Read the source article at WSJ Blogs About Latest Posts Follow Us!CloudTweaksEstablished in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are

Hitachi Data Systems Launches New Public Safety and Smart City Solutions

Hitachi Data Systems Launches New Public Safety and Smart City Solutions

Smart City Solutions ORLANDO, FL–(Marketwired – Oct 23, 2014) – Hitachi Data Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), today announced Hitachi Visualization, public safety solutions that foster safer, smarter, more efficient communities through connected intelligence. Read the source article at Yahoo Finance Add The CloudBuzz XML Feed To Receive News Updates