Windows Azure:微软的云计算操作系统

微软最近推出自己的云计算操作系统平台:Windows Azure。Windows Azure 将把微软的 S+S(软件+服务)战略推入新的层次,直接和 Amazon, Google, IBM, Sun 这些云计算提供商火拼。

什么是 Windows Azure,微软对其描述是:

Windows® Azure is a cloud services operating system that serves as the development, service hosting and service management environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage Web applications on the Internet through Microsoft® data centers.

To build these applications and services, developers can use their existing Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2008 expertise. In addition, Windows Azure supports popular standards and protocols including SOAP, REST, and XML. Windows Azure is an open platform that will support both Microsoft and non-Microsoft languages and environments.

其实 Azure 就是微软云计算的所有的基础,从 Live 服务,到数据服务,到提供 SharePoint 和 Microsoft Dynamics CRM 的空间服务。

Windows Azure

下面是微软云计算操作系统包括的服务:

Computation Services

  • Ability to run Microsoft ASP.NET Web applications or .NET code in the cloud
  • Service hosting environment that includes Internet Information Services 7.0 and Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Security supported by flexible Code Access Security policies
  • Small runtime API that supports logging and local scratch storage
  • Web portal that helps you deploy, scale, and upgrade your services quickly and easily

Simple data storage services

  • Blobs, tables, and queues hosted in the cloud, close to your computation
  • Authenticated access and triple replication to help keep your data safe
  • Easy access to data with simple REST interfaces, available remotely and from the data center

Development Tools

  • Complete offline development environment, including computation and storage services
  • Complete command-line SDK tools and samples
  • Visual Studio add-in that enables local debugging

微软希望通过这一平台扩展他们的桌面和服务产品线,微软表示:Windows Azure 支持的标准和协议 SOAP,REST 和 XML,Windows Azure 也欢迎第三方工具和语言如 Eclipse, Ruby, PHP 和 Python 等。另外微软也支持 OpenID,这一举措 4 亿多的 Live ID可以作为 OpenID,微软也朝着开放的路线前进。

via Windows Azure: Microsoft Moves to the Cloud

不管你承认与否,云计算和虚拟化技术已经离我们越来越近了。如何能够轻巧的在云中漫步,则是互联网公司争取用户和未来的必要条件。

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