Introducing the Windows Azure Platform

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Executive Summary

Using computers in the cloud can make lots of sense. Rather than buying and maintaining the own machines, why not exploit the acres of Internet-accessible servers on offer today? For some applications, both code and data might live in the cloud, where somebody else manages and maintains the systems they use. Alternatively, applications that run inside an organization - on-premises applications - might store data in the cloud or rely on other cloud infrastructure services. However it's done, exploiting the cloud's capabilities can improve the world. But whether an application runs in the cloud, uses services provided by the cloud, or both, some kind of application platform is required.

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