Microsoft's Azure Cloud Is Officially Open For Business

Monday Feb 1st 2010 by Datamation.com Staff
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Today, Microsoft begins charging customers for its Azure cloud computing services.

ZDNet: Beta testers have been running apps on Microsoft's Azure cloud for three years, but as of February 1, Azure users will have to begin paying for the service. Today, Microsoft officially releases the Azure operating system and the SQL Azure hosted database. In the coming months, Microsoft also plans to release Azure AppFabric Web-service utilities as well as Azure tools for private cloud computing.

While Microsoft claims "tens of thousands" of apps and services are already running on Azure, analyst Rob Sanfilippo says Azure is still “a fledgling platform, and it will take large deployments and time to prove its scalability, stability, and security."

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