Introducing the Windows Azure platform
The Windows Azure platform supports applications, data, and infrastructure in the cloud, together with a cloud marketplace.
Using computers in the cloud can make lots of sense. Rather than buying and maintaining your 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 organizationon-premises applicationsmight store data in the cloud or rely on other cloud infrastructure services. However it's done, exploiting the cloud's capabilities can improve our world.
But whether an application runs in the cloud, uses services provided by the cloud, or both, some kind of application platform is required. Viewed broadly, an application platform can be thought of as anything that provides developer-accessible services for creating applications or storing data. In the on-premises Windows world, this includes technologies such as Windows Server and SQL Server. To let applications exploit the cloud, a cloud application platform must also exist.
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