Cloud Computing Windows Azure to Start January 2010

Microsoft will bring its cloud computing platform Windows Azure to full production starting January 2010. The service will start collecting charges starting February 2010. The cost was previously released last

Cloud computing is defined as a paradigm shift where details are abstracted from users who no longer need knowledge of, expertise in, or control over the technology infrastructure “in the cloud” that supports them. It typically involves the provision of dynamically scalable and often virtualized resources as a service over the Internet.

“For consumers, the best result of cloud computing is that they don’t notice it,” Ray Ozzie, Microsoft’s chief software architect, said. Ozzie is the Lotus Notes creator replaced Bill Gates as Chief Software Architect has been the main person pushing Microsoft into cloud computing.

The approach is to give developers a platform to write out their applications and then rent space in the datacenters while it runs the customer’s applications from Azure’s servers.

The service is currently running as a free Community Technology Preview (CTP) with three components: SQL Azure, AppFabric and Windows Azure itself.