Microsoft in the Cloud

In the academe, the idea of being up to date with the industry was to run an application on the internet giving emphasize on the operating system that will be use, networks and how it interacts with the system and of course storage. However when we look at the emerging trends in the industry we will see that there is now such a thing they call cloud. It is a technology that uses the power of the internet and uses remoter servers to maintain and access data and application.

The platform of Microsoft in the cloud service technology is Windows Azure. Windows Azure works on the advantage of both developers and business managers that works hand in hand in transforming business and technology. In a developer’s point of view we won’t need to worry about the scale or networking because the cloud will take care of that for us. It gives more time and focus on solving business problems and addressing customer needs. On the business perspective it is cost effective because they won’t need to worry about additional hardware which means it is scalable as to the amount of data it can handle and it works in a utility model where in you only pay for what you need and when you need to use it. It’s like paying your electricity bills!

Windows Azure platform consists of 4 parts:

1. Windows Azure

Windows Azure is a specialized operating system that runs windows application and stores data in the cloud. The benefit of running and storing data in the cloud is evident as it scales better and it requires less administration.

2. SQL Azure

SQL Azure provides set of services for storing your data. It has a cloud-based data management system. These data are stored in microsoft data centers. SQL Azure reporting is also a service provided by SQL Azure. Developers won’t have such difficult time in adopting to Sql Azure as it built on Microsoft SQL Server.

3. Windows Azure Appfabric

Appfabric enables Windows Azure to provide cloud-based infrastructure services. The functions provided by Appfabric today are service bus, access control and caching. In the near future expect the list to grow as Microsoft announces to add more services.

4. Windows Azure Market Place

Windows Azure Market Place is a portal for organizations to purchase applications created on the Windows Azure platform.

As a student of business and IT it’s good to know Microsoft offers platform as a service like Windows Azure. Indeed, this gives students leverage on what they can expect once they’re out of their respective universities and colleges.

For those who want to know more about windows azure or who wants to develop on the platform visit http://dev.windowsazure.com

–Marion James Pilande, Microsoft Student Partner, De La Salle – College of St. Benilde

About the contributor:

Marion James Pilande is a student of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde taking BS-Information Systems. A 2010 World Finalist for Software Design category in the 2010 Microsoft Imagine Cup and a Microsoft Student Partner.

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