Today is definitely a BIG day :)
you probably have seen it in the press, we launched today the IaaS for Windows Azure. It means that from now on, you can run your own Virtual Machine in Windows Azure. This unlock many scenarios and facilitate your move to the public cloud or should I say the hybrid cloud. This is what is described in this blog post from Bill Hiff: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/archive/2013/04/16/the-power-of-and.aspx
So here are some of the multiple benefits brought by the IaaS:
If you haven’t already done so, you can register for a free three month trial of Windows Azure from this place : https://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/
If you want to learn more on Windows Azure, I recommend that you take the overview course of the Windows Azure Virtual Machines: https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/overview-of-windows-azure-virtual-machines-iaas
Happy testing of Windows Azure VM !