Microsoft Cloud Computing – The Microsoft platform in the cloud

In today’s post, I would like to illustrate the main capabilities found in Microsoft cloud.

We can separate the core platform offerings and capabilities in the following layers:

  • Application Services
  • Software Services
  • Platform Services
  • Infrastructure Services

Starting with Applications Services, a number of services can be found ready, finished, to be used immediately by end users and businesses. Examples of such services are – Bing, Windows Live, Office Live, as well as collaborative networks like Microsoft HealthVault and XBOX Live.

There are also Software Services which offer additional features for infrastructure and enterprise environments such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online and CRM Online. St. Cloud Hosting-based mechanisms that add value to locally placed in businesses environments.

With the ratio of capacities, we find the Services Platform, which adds features such as relational databases, hosting processes, services, interoperability, access control, authentication / authorization, and various services. Here, the developer can work with a number of resources to build their applications in the cloud, or new services and applications that export functionality to the local environment (on-premise) in enterprises.

Finally, this whole series of services are supported by a cloud infrastructure based on Microsoft data center. As we saw previously, technology and process for maintaining such an environment already has existed for some time, after years of experience with services of high scalability and high volume as Hotmail, Windows Update, MSN, among others.

With this post, we completed a brief introduction about the main components of the Microsoft cloud computing solutions platform.


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