That’s the title of the article written by James Staten for Forrester Research and it actually nicely summarizes all the features, benefits and directions for Windows Azure. I particularly like the following excerpts as they nicely summarize the holistic view:
- Where Microsoft is differentiating itself centers around its integration with the on-premises world.
- The company has now integrated Azure with its Team Foundation Server that links teams of Visual Studio developers and applies life-cycle management to a normally chaotic, creative process.
- Microsoft did the same thing for infrastructure & operations managers when it integrated System Center with Azure.
- Microsoft’s acquisition of StorSimple should play a part in this story
Here is the full article on ZDNet.