bill - 2:58 am on Feb 2, 2010 (gmt 0)
Microsoft's cloud services platform has gone live.
Windows Azure Platform Now Generally Available in 21 Countries [blogs.msdn.com]
In today's era of computing, businesses face the challenge of reducing their IT infrastructure costs while extending the value of their current investments. For us, this has meant that the experiences of our customers and the developer community are key in building a cloud services platform that provides the flexibility and agility our customers need to tackle their business problems in new ways. As we continue this journey, today marks a significant milestone, not only for us at Microsoft, but also for our customers and partners. We are excited to announce the general availability of Windows Azure and SQL Azure in 21 countries.
Starting today, customers and partners in countries across the globe will be able to launch their Windows Azure and SQL Azure production applications and services with the support of the full Service Level Agreements (SLAs). The Windows Azure platform AppFabric Service Bus and Access Control will continue to be free until April 2010 for those that sign up for a commercial subscription. Additionally Microsoft codename "Dallas" will continue to be in a free CTP.