Microsoft will make its Windows Azure cloud platform available as of Jan. 1, 2010, Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie says in a keynote speech at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. The company also announces a data-as-a-service solution code-named Dallas.
will turn on its Windows Azure cloud platform as of Jan. 1, 2010, said Chief
Software Architect Ray Ozzie in a keynote speech at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference
In his speech Nov. 17, Ozzie said Microsoft would continue to offer Windows
Azure as a Community Technology Preview until the end of 2009, and then turn on
Azure's cloud services for enterprises.
However, Ozzie said charges will not accrue for users in January 2010, but
will begin in February.
"At its core, Azure is Windows-Windows Server," Ozzie said. He
said Azure also provides an extension of Microsoft System Center's management
capabilities in the enterprise. And for developers, the Azure development
environment appears as an extension to Microsoft's Visual Studio tools.
Ozzie also said, "A handful of customers will go into production today.
One company to highlight is Automatic, maker of WordPress, which is now live on
Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic, maker of WordPress, said his company
is launching a new site called OddlySpecific.com
that runs on SQL Azure. And if
it gets really popular the company will simply be able to add more capacity on
According to Microsoft, "The Windows Azure platform offers an
intuitive, reliable and powerful platform for the creation of Web applications
"The Windows Azure platform [comprises] Windows Azure, an operating
system as a service; SQL Azure, a fully relational database in the cloud; and .NET
Services, consumable Web-based services that provide both secure connectivity
and federated access control for applications."
Ozzie said the kind of service Microsoft provides to Automatic is what the
company calls "infrastructure as a service" that can respond to the
growing or shrinking needs of customers for computing power.
Meanwhile, Ozzie also announced a new Microsoft technology called Pinpoint,
which is a catalog of business applications and services for developers and IT
staff. This will be syndicated in the Microsoft Partner Network.
In addition, Ozzie announced that Microsoft is releasing a CTP of a new
"game-changing" subsystem of Windows Azure, code-named Dallas. Ozzie
said Dallas is an open catalog for
data, both public and commercial. It is a uniform discovery mechanism for data.
"By creating data as a service, Dallas
might catalyze the use of data for developers," Ozzie said. "Data
does no good unless we turn the potential into the kinetic."
Vivek Kundra, the nation's federal CIO,
spoke via live feed from Washington
and encouraged developers to take advantage of the vast amount of public data
to create applications using the new Microsoft technology. Kundra also
encouraged developers to look at the beamartian.jpl.nasa.gov
Developers can go there and see "all the data that's been democratized by
NASA on Azure."