Many clients have been asking us about the Windows Azure platform so we’d like to take this opportunity to give a brief overview and let you know what we’ve been working on.
The Windows Azure platform is a platform-as-a-service offering from Microsoft that competes with Rackspace, Amazon Web Services, and Salesforce. It is everything you need to move your applications to the cloud. This enables developers to focus on developing great applications, instead of worrying about infrastructure.
It supports a variety of programming languages out of the box including Visual Studio, .Net, Java, PHP, and Ruby.
As illustrated above, using the Azure platform you can deploy your application, database, services, and access control service to the cloud. Then you can control who has access remotely while deploying your application through Microsoft’s globally distributed datacenters. The Azure platform will then automatically scale infrastructure up and down depending on load and charge only what you use. There are no upfront costs and organizations even have a free trial to get started.
A few other key components worth mentioning are:
- The Azure Platform Appliance: If you need to keep your applications and data in your own data center, you can setup a private cloud using the Azure Platform Appliance. It is essentially a suite of software and hardware to setup on your own infrastructure. It is designed to be extremely efficient while providing massive scale.
- The Azure Market Place: This is a market place for components, applications, and even services that run on Azure.
- The Azure Data Market: This market is used for buying and selling raw data. From real estate to demographics, these data sets are rich with information that can be utilized in your applications.
At Optimus we focus on Software Development, Software Testing, and Business Analytics. We have been working with our clients to move all three services onto cloud based infrastructure. It has proven to be reliable, scalable, and increasingly cost efficient.
To learn more about how you can move your applications to cloud, contact us.
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