This blog posting—that continues the Cloud Platforms series—will be dedicated to evaluation of Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud operating system.
Windows Azure Services Platform is a Windows-resembling cloud computing architecture. Architecturally, it is a Platform as a Service (PaaS), which means the delivery of a computing platform and solution stack as a service, not an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud operating system can be deployed as a run-time for applications and includes three main components: Compute (computation environment), Storage (scalable storage), and Fabric (hosting environment). Azure also offers five services: Live Services, SQL Azure (formerly SQL Services), AppFabric (formerly .NET Services), SharePoint Services, and Dynamics CRM Services, which the developers can use to build the applications that will run in the cloud.