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October 27, 2008



Its going to take a few years for Azure to really make an impact in the cloud computing space. Windows 7 generated far more buzz at the PDC keynotes than Azure, so the development community isn't overwhelmed with desire to move their apps in the cloud just yet. Sitting through numerous sessions at PDC it's also more and more clear that Azure is still in very early stages (I have to give Microsoft credit for being a lot more transparent about their architecture than Amazon.

The more immediate impact is on Microsoft's relationship with hosting companies. When I asked whether Azure will be made available to third party data centers the answer was a rather uncomfortable "no". The the hosters are left out in the cold. That's a very big move for a historically channel friendly company.

I'll post more details about some of the Azure services in my blog shortly.

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