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Azure Tweaked, Promoted at Build

Microsoft has said it is "all in" the cloud, and that means being all in with Azure. At last week's Build show, Microsoft talked in a lot of generalities, but also laid out a fair share of specifics.

On the general side, company server and tools president Satya Nadella talked about the need for "a rich portfolio of storage across blobs, tables and full relational capabilities to handle the complexity of data [with] Windows Azure."

I've been reading the views of many cloud gurus and it seems that storage is perhaps the biggest impediment to cloud success. Let's hope the software and hardware together can build inexpensive, fast and reliable storage solutions for the cloud.

Microsoft also has a model for selling applications or places to store your data. Azure Marketplace already has hundreds of apps and services, and will soon be available in 25 more countries.

Microsoft may want to dominate the cloud, but it also recognizes it must play nice if it is to have any chance at all. That means interfacing with services such as Yahoo, Facebook and (gasp) even Google. Windows 8 will play a role as it is designed to access these services all with a single sign-on.

And Windows 8 developers can get started with the new Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8. Yup, that's that actual name, with Windows repeated twice!

There's also a more generalized kit, the Windows Azure SDK 1.5 with an enhanced certificate upload process.

Have you played with Azure? Share thoughts and experiences at

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/19/2011 at 1:18 PM


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