Windows Azure

Windows Azure is a new Cloud Computing platform from Microsoft. If you want to know more about cloud computing, click here. Windows Azure Platform consists of…

1] Windows Azure – Compute, Storage and Management
For computation and storage requirements in cloud.
2] SQL Azure – Relational Database, Sync Service and Management
For database requirements in cloud.
3] Windows Azure Platform AppFabric – Service Bus, Access Control Service and Management.
For connecting and communicating with and by applications in cloud.

Microsoft has also introduced Windows Azure Developer Tools. It includes…

1] Developer Fabric for Windows Azure
Windows Azure AppFabric for development and testing purposes.
2] SDKs
Software Development Kits.
3] Tools for Visual Studio
To use Visual Studio for developing applications for cloud.

To start developing cloud applications for Windows Azure you will need “Windows Azure SDK and Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio” (Download Here). All the requirements and prerequisites are mentioned on the download page.

Useful Links:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/

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