Windows Azure


At the Worldwide Partner Conference more details have just been announced around Windows Azure, the Microsoft Cloud Platform.  This short video is a really good and very clear view of what Windows Azure is, and how it works; well worth a quick watch.

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&amp;playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:feec9c5d-c6c9-451c-aa9a-b7f4524a6322&amp;showPlaylist=true&amp;from=shared" target="_new" title="What is Windows Azure?">Video: What is Windows Azure?</a>

Windows Azure and other related bits (SQL Azure and .net Services) are going to be made commercially available at the PDC Conference in November which is fantastic news.  Pricing has been announced and you can find more information in this post ‘Confirming commercial availability and announcing business model’.

So this is going to mean that projects like the Open Government Data Initiative (OGDI) which host data out of the cloud can be built on a supported and live platform.  I am getting ready for a couple of internal conferences in next two weeks, but once I get back to my desk I am going to do a more in-depth look at the OGDI project and see if we can get some non-US data sets up there.

I am currently collecting links to any public datasets I can find (they are here ), if you have any other ones I would love to know about them.

Comments (4)
  1. David Evans says:

    The sample http://ogdisdk.cloudapp.net/ never seems to be working. This may make your research into OGDI a little more difficult. I have been encouraging my local statistics department to start exporting data but to where?

  2. I am checking with the development team to see what I can find out.  There have been some DNS issues reported – did it not find the site or did you get ‘internal error’ back?

  3. David Evans says:

    Couldn’t find the site. DNS probably. Still can’t find it. Don’t mind helping diagnosing to get this working as I have a meeting with gov ‘office of statistics’ next month.

  4. Happy to help you get this working.  If you send me a mail via the email link on this blog we can take it offline and link you up with the US team who wrote it in case you need anything.

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