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Cloud Computing: Microsoft Windows Azure Part III

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Microsoft SQL Azure: Microsoft SQL Azure, another cloud service from Microsoft, brings robust RDBMS – Relational Database Management System, on pay per use basis. SQL Azure is a cloud database utility service from Microsoft data centers. SQL Azure can be used by both Cloud based Applications and Local Applications. SQL Azure makes use of the Microsoft SQL Server software which is one of the largest used RDBMS in the world. High Availability and Fault Tolerance are the hallmark features of Microsoft SQL database. The major benefits of SQL Azure include rapid provisioning, cost effective scalability, high availability and reduced maintenance and management overhead.

For developers and administrators, SQL Azure will look the same as SQL Server. Data is stored on SQL Server. Very similar to an on-premise instance of SQL Server, a SQL Azure server is logical group of databases that acts as an authorization boundary. Within each SQL Azure server, you can create multiple databases that have tables, views, stored procedures, indices, and other familiar database objects. This data model makes good use of your existing relational database design and Transact-SQL (T-SQL) programming skills, and simplifies the process of migrating existing on-premise database applications to SQL Azure.

Windows Azure and SQL Azure have been initially accepted by various countries, various industry verticals and various companies. In the news and media circle, Amazon Web Services (AWS) is considered as the poster child IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service in Cloud Computing) and Salesforce.com as SaaS (Software as a Service in Cloud Computing) poster child. With about 4000 clients AWS is expected to be in the range of about 500 Million US $ per year service. With about 80000 customers Salesforce.com has exceeded $ 1 Billion revenue. AWS is in business since 2006 for four years now. Salesforce.com is in business for about ten years. If we take Microsoft, the total revenue for the year 2009-2010 (ended on June 30 th., 2010) is about $ 62 Billion. In the years to come, even if Microsoft corners a portion of revenue from cloud service, Azure is going to make a big bang.

Microsoft mentions that their current cloud-based services for business users include:

  • Microsoft Office Web Apps, which are the online companions to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote;
  • our Business Productivity Online Suite, offering communications and collaboration solutions with high availability and simplified enterprise IT management;
  • Microsoft Dynamics Online family of customer relationship management (“CRM”) and enterprise resources planning services; and
  • Azure family of services, including a scalable operating system with compute, storage, hosting and management capabilities, a relational database, and a platform that helps developers connect applications and services in the cloud or on premise.

About revenue break-up, Azure revenue is added in their Servers and Tools revenue which stood at about $ 15 Billion for the year ended on June  30th 2010.

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