Windows Azure Platform: An Era for Cloud Computing
Windows Azure platform is the Microsoft implementation of cloud computing. This paper covers detailed introduction to Windows Azure Platform. Windows Azure provides resources and services for consumers. The next part describes the five main components of Windows Azure: hardware is abstracted and exposed as compute resources. Physical storage is abstracted as storage resources and exposed through very well defined interfaces. A common Windows Fabric abstracts the hardware and the software and exposes virtual compute and storage resources. Windows Azure also introduces some new storage options over and above the usual file system.