Good afternoon everyone!I’m really excited to talk to you today about Windows Azure.We launched Windows Azure two years ago, and since that time we’ve enhanced it regularly with new features and capabilities. Today we are announcing our most significant release yet. Today’s release elevates Azure to a new level, opens it up to even more developers, and is designed to power the next generation of applications.
With today’s release, Windows Azure is more flexible than ever.Windows Azure helped pioneer the concept of Platform as a Service – and provides a rich set of managed, scalable services. Today, we are making these services even richer.Windows Azure also now supports Infrastructure as a Service – including the ability to host both Windows and Linux Virtual Machines in the cloud. Some of you might be surprised to hear the word Linux at a Microsoft event. Our support of Linux is just one example of how we are embracing openness in a fundamental new way.With today’s release, we are supporting more operating systems, more languages, more open protocols, and releasing all of our SDKs on GitHub under an open source license.The end result is a truly unique offering. You can now use both Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service together.You can now use the best of both the Microsoft ecosystem and open source ecosystem together.And you can now build better and more scalable solutions than ever before.
Windows Azure runs in datacenters around the world, enabling you to deploy and run your applications and infrastructure near your customers.
Windows Azure services are backed by monthly SLAs, providing you the confidence you need to deliver solutions to customers.
And with Windows Azure you pay only for what you use – enabling you to avoid upfront costs, and scale as your business grows.
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So a little later on I’m going to share the story of how in 3 months we lifted and shifted Pottermore.com to Windows Azure to enable us to open Pottermore to the world.
So what is Pottermore?Pottermore is a unique online experience from J.K. Rowling, built around the Harry Potter books.Content – Unique from J K Rowling Social – Making friends across the world, and sharing User Generated ContentInteractive Features – such as Wizards duellingWe’re going to share with you how we delivered 110M page views in a day sitting on top of Windows Azure.