Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables organizations to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. It allows organizations to build applications using any language, tool or framework and can integrate public cloud applications with the existing IT environment.
Windows Azure delivers a 99.95% monthly SLAand enables building and running highly available applications without focusing on the infrastructure. It provides automatic OS and service patching, built in network load balancing and resiliency to hardware failure. It supports a deployment model that enables organizations to upgrade applications without downtime.
Windows Azure enables an easy upscale of applications to any size. It is a fully automated self-service platform that allows provisioning of resources within minutes, elasticity to grow or shrink the resource usage and pay only for the resources applications use.
SQL Azure is a highly available and scalable cloud database service built on SQL Server technologies where installation, setup and management of any database are not required. SQL Azure is a managed service that is operated by Microsoft and has a 99.9% monthly SLA.
SQL Azure provides a full featured relational database where some of the application usage includes:
SQL Azure is an ideal database for transactional query-based business applications such as transaction processing, departmental or line of business solutions.
SQL Azure can be accessed from Windows Azure applications, as well as on-premises applications hosted in customer’s data centres. SQL Azure includes features that enable easy migration, export and ongoing synchronization of on-premises databases with Windows Azure databases. This makes it easier for organizations to extend solutions to the cloud without having to migrate all their data or existing enterprise datacenter applications at the same time.
SQL Azure offers comfort to end users through familiar tools like Microsoft Excel to create reports, analyze, share and collaborate within the organization. It offers developers the advantages of feature-rich, powerful and easy-to-use online analytical processing (OLAP) and data-mining capabilities. SQL Azure is a cost effective solution for better management of critical data assets across diverse systems ensuring the integrity of information which spans cross desktops, datacenters and cloud.
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