Cloudant announced that its NoSQL database service is now available on the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud computing platform.
Microsoft has opened up Windows Azure and is adding infrastructure as a service (IaaS) capabilities to the platform as part of a Microsoft initiative to provide developers with access to a range of cloud technologies from various providers to best serve new, fast-growing Web and mobile applications running on Windows Azure.
Cloudants strategic relationship with Microsoft continues Cloudants own work to bring its database as a service product to public cloud providers and cloud application platforms. Cloudants NoSQL database services are now available to Windows Azure customers. Cloudant will also be integrating its service into the Windows Azure Marketplace.
Windows Azure gives developers flexible ways to manage their data and make it quickly available to a new breed of data-driven Web and mobile applications, said Jean Paoli, president of Microsoft Open Technologies, in a statement. Developers using Windows Azure dont have to worry about growing their applications to massive scale because Windows Azure scales automatically. Cloudants NoSQL database service on Windows Azure offers developers a great option for offloading data store operations so that they can focus on coding the next big app.
Applications deliver a much better user experience if their data is deployed closer to users, versus halfway across the world, said Derek Schoettle, CEO of Cloudant, in a statement. Cloudants ability to distribute data to Windows Azure data centers around the world means we can move dynamic database data as close as possible to the network edgeeven to individual mobile devices. As a result, applications on Windows Azure can grow faster and support new usage models such as disconnected computing with mobile replication and sync.