Keynote by Ray Ozzie, Amitava Srivastava, Bob Muglia
Windows Azure - Microsoft's Cloud Computing. These are services run in Microsoft Data Centers i.e. the cloud.
High level feature set:
- Scalable Hosting, virtualized by Hyper-V
- Security - code access, IP Filters, Hyper-V isolation.
- OS - to manage global data centers, separates the app from underlying OS,
- Fabric controller - enables scaling applications seamlessly, as demand rises and falls. Manages resources and services, maintain health of services, deployment, interfaces, configuration settings, channels and endpoints, roles and groups
- High Availability - partitions, replication, caching, automatic load balancing
- Desktop Development Environment - integrated with Visual Studio 2008, managed and native code, on-demand compute and storage to host.
- Development with the Cloud:
- VS Cloud Templates and Cloud SDK
- Debug and Test Offline with cloud on the desktop
- Azure Services Developer Portal to manage apps on cloud
- The BlueHoo application demo
- VS and C# - no new tools
- easy deployment and scalability
- Open Platform
The services breakup within Windows Azure are as follows:
- SQL Services - Data services on the cloud. Database, Reporting, Data Sync, Data Mining/Analysis, Reference Data
- .NET services - WCF Services, Federated Identity Services, Microsoft Services Connector via Microsoft Federated Services Gateway
- Live Services
- Dynamics CRM Services
- Sharepoint Services
Microsoft Online Services + Azure (by Dave Thompson)
- Exchange Online, Sharepoint Online, Live Meeting, Dynamics CRM Online
- Now available on the cloud
Download Azure CTP, SDKs, services at http://www.azure.com/. Preview will be free and commercial pricing at a later date will be competitive with the market standards.
- Silverlight Charting control.
Checkout this excellent video explaining Windows Azure
Manuvir Das: Introducing Windows Azure