Windows Azure review

Moving to Azure requires a whole new mindset - it's best to keep an eye on how the meter's running.

This isn't aimed at the classic kids-in-paddling-pool, frog-in-blender home movie buff, nor is it a serious prospect for a classic small business considering cloud infrastructure over local servers. It's rather at a scale so mahoosively, unbelievably vast that I couldn't even hold up the binoculars required to see that territory, from where most of us humble types live.

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The idea behind this is all part of Azure Media Services, being the killer-whale sized pool of both store and compute resource needed to make a stream of video from a camera or cameras, into something that can be viewed on demand by millions of impatient customers. Yet it's on the same smooth, designer-led little webpage that will be visited by the 30/month toe-in-the-water users. In short, you have to get your bearings, and understand a bit more than just what's needed for your corner of the computing world, in order to get the best from the Azure trial, because it very definitely is big. B-I-G, Big.

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