Windows Azure Cloud Platform Poster

They say pictures tell you a 1000 words and helps you to understand things clearly. Well certainly then you will find this poster very useful in making it clearer and easier to understand what exactly is Windows Azure and all of the services offered.

Of course being the Data Platform guy, my favourite services are:

  • Windows Azure SQL Database - For applications that need a full featured relational database-as-a-service, SQL Database offers a high-level
    of interoperability, enabling you to build using many of the major development frameworks:
    • Only pay for what you use
    • Use existing relational database design and programming skills to build enterprise class applications
    • Replicate multiple redundant copies of your data to multiple physical servers for high availability
    • Simplify the process of migrating existing on-premises databases to cloud with Import/Export


  • SQL Reporting - Windows Azure SQL Reporting allows you to build reporting capabilities into Windows Azure applications.
    Reports can render on the desktop and remove the need to maintain your own reporting infrastructure:
    • Create reports with tables, charts, maps, and gauges
    • Deploy the same report layouts on both private and public clouds
    • Use Report Designer or Report Builder to build reports when SQL Database is your data source


  • SQL Data Sync - SQL Data Sync enables creating and scheduling regular synchronizations between Windows Azure SQL
    Database and either SQL Server or other instances of SQL Database:
    • Synchronize data on a preset schedule or on demand
    • Manage synchronization with an intuitive web UI instead of writing code
    • Synchronize between on-premises and cloud data sets, and across geographically dispersed databases
  • HDInsight - Based on Apache Hadoop, HDInsight simplifies working with big data through integration with tools like
    Microsoft Office and System Center:
    • Fast reading and processing of large structured or unstructured data stores
    • Create Hadoop based clusters on-demand
    • Integrate with SQL Database, Reporting Services, PowerPivot, Excel, and Windows Azure Storage
    • Use Pig, Hive and other ecosystem tools
    • Get started with basic visualizations like bar and pie charts quickly


  • Storage - Storage services provide multiple options for securely managing data and are accessible via REST APIs:
    • Data is replicated at least three times in the same data center across physically separate fault domains, and
    also geo-replicated to another data center
    • Use blobs to store up to 100 terabytes per account of unstructured text or binary data (video, audio and images)
    • Use the NoSQL capabilities in tables for storing up to 100 terabytes per account of unstructured data
    • Use queues to build reliable, persistent messaging between application tiers


and of course now the ability to create full Virtual Machines in the cloud that enable you to run full versions of SQL Server 2012.



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