Today I got the SQL Azure October CTP invitation code. This invitation email encourage me enough to explore & share all about Microsoft Azure & Windows Azure Platform.
Relation Between Azure & Cloud
Lets start with the naming. The common term of these technology is Cloud Computing, Could Application, Cloud Platform, Cloud client etc. Every company is doing it one way or the other and have branded their product lines with different names.
Microsoft named their Cloud computing product lines as Azure.
Windows Azure platform
The Windows Azure platform is name for the whole bundle. The Windows Azure platform is comprised of following. Together it will provide a powerful platform for developing the web applications and services.
1. Windows Azure: an operating system as a service
2. SQL Azure: a fully relational database in the cloud and
3. .NET Services: consumable web-based services that provide both secure connectivity and federated access control for applications.
Currently Windows Azure platform is in Community Technology Preview (CTP) and all the services are free to evaluate. These services will be commercially available in November 2009.
Want to receive the CTP invite
If you are interested in evaluating and want to receive the CTP invite then you can fill up the following form and Microsoft will send you invites soon.
How to sign up for Microsoft .NET Services (Will add in future)
How to sign up for Windows Azure (Will add in future)
List of Cloud Computing related products and brands
Following is a complete list of Cloud Computing related products and brands (Reference from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_computing)
|Applications||Google Apps, SalesForce, Microsoft Online, TheCloud.svg|
|Clients||Browser, Mobile, Netbook, Nettop|
|Infrastructure||BitTorrent, EC2, GoGrid, Sun Cloud, 3tera, Nimbus, Eucalyptus|
|Platforms||App Engine, Azure, Rackspace Cloud, SalesForce|
|Services||Alexa, FPS, MTurk, SQS|
|Storage||S3, SimpleDB, SQL Azure|
|Standards||Ajax, Atom, HTML 5, REST, XMPP|