Microsoft details Azure cloud developmentAnticipating rapid growth in public and private clouds, Microsoft has dedicated 30,000 engineers to Azure, Bing, and online versions of Office and Live. Microsoft is plunging into cloud services to give its customers a range of choices in public and private cloud computing, said Doug Hauger, general manager of Windows Azure, at the All About the Cloud show in San Francisco Tuesday. Microsoft expects both kinds of clouds to expand rapidly as customers begin to try out various ways to achieve flexibility and savings. In the Windows Azure cloud, Microsoft is building in software tools and services that will allow applications running on premises to coordinate their activities with operations in the cloud. Development in the cloud will "accelerate the speed of application development. What once took months or years to build will be built in days or weeks, then deployed in the cloud," he predicted. Although Microsoft has geared up collaborative features in Visual Studio and aligns its .Net technologies with Azure, it's also possible to run Java, Python, PHP, and Ruby in the Microsoft cloud. It's not just for C# and Visual Basic, he said. "You can lift up a Python application from Google App Engine and run it on Azure, then move it back again," he suggested. Azure SQL will recognize data from and coordination actions with SQL Server on premises. The Azure Application Fabric will coordinate messaging between applications, Hauger said.
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