I’ve recently discovered Microsoft’s Windows Azure and find it a fantastic idea. The service offers a platform to build, test and host applications on the internet and allows you to do so on a pay-as-you-go basis. Azure allows you to execute applications in 3 ways – on virtual machines, as a website or as a cloud service. Azure enables you to create the platform you need in an instant, for example, creating a virtual machine requires little more than a few clicks to select the specifications you require and you have a machine ready to use. From there, the possibilities are endless and I think Azure will be an extremely useful tool.
The best way to see if Azure can work for you is to compare the in house costs of a service you provide and then use the Azure calculator to find out the money you can save by using the cloud based platform to host it.
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