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Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure /ˈæʒər/ is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure created by Microsoft for building, deploying, and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed data centers.

Microsoft Azure

It provides both PaaS and IaaS services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Azure was announced in October 2008 and released on 1 February 2010 as Windows Azure, before being renamed to Microsoft Azure on 25 March 2014.[1] Services[edit] Microsoft lists over 600 Azure services,[2] of which some are covered below: Compute[edit] Microsoft Azure's Hybrid Cloud: Why It's a Do-or-Die Scenario. Microsoft is again arguing that it offers the best way to let companies put some of their data and software up on a shared public cloud infrastructure while keeping other data completely under their own control.

Microsoft Azure's Hybrid Cloud: Why It's a Do-or-Die Scenario

As detailed at the tech giant’s Ignite conference for IT professionals in Atlanta this week, that mix of shared and private technology is what has been dubbed by technophiles as the hybrid cloud. This particular cloud model is a critical selling point, and perhaps even the critical selling point—of Microsoft’s business strategy going forward. The public cloud part of the company’s hybrid pitch is Microsoft Azure, which runs on 34 sets of data centers worldwide. The private, or in-house, part is trickier.

Currently, Microsoft asserts that companies running the latest versions of its Windows Server and associated software on their own servers can have a hybrid cloud-like system set up now. Programmable chips turning Azure into a supercomputing powerhouse. Microsoft is embarking on a major upgrade of its Azure systems.

Programmable chips turning Azure into a supercomputing powerhouse

New hardware the company is installing in its 34 datacenters around the world still contains the mix of processors, RAM, storage, and networking hardware that you'll find in any cloud system, but to these Microsoft is adding something new: field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), highly configurable processors that can be rewired using software in order to provide hardware accelerated implementations of software algorithms. The company first investigated using FPGAs to accelerate the Bing search engine.

In "Project Catapult," Microsoft added off-the-shelf FPGAs on PCIe cards from Altera (now owned by Intel) to some Bing servers and programmed those FPGAs to perform parts of the Bing ranking algorithm in hardware. The result was a 40-fold speed-up compared to a software implementation running on a regular CPU. Microsoft's Azure-in-a-box preview runs on your own hardware. Microsoft is dangling a new Technical Preview of its Azure Stack in front of enterprise customers who want to run an applications and services platform across their on-premise private cloud and Redmond's globe-spanning Azure public cloud.

Microsoft's Azure-in-a-box preview runs on your own hardware

Azure Stack was first detailed at the company’s Ignite conference last year, when it was pitched as the ideal way of implementing a hybrid cloud strategy for Microsoft customers. The basic idea is that, instead of trying to make its public cloud operate like an extension of the customer’s infrastructure, customers can instead make their on-site private cloud operate just like Azure. But some of the shine came off the idea a few months ago when Redmond revealed that Azure Stack will only be commercially available as a pre-integrated solution delivered from vendors such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Lenovo.

Alla scoperta di Windows Azure. // La Community degli IT PRO. Microsoft porta Windows Azure in Asia. Hyperlink. Windows Azure.