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Windows Azure has been providing great Cloud based PAAS with compute, storage, and database for several years now. One consistent ask I have heard came to fruition last Friday June 8th 2012, as the Windows Azure team announced some “NEW Services” as well as updates to the platform. I am really excited that we have finally added this missing piece to the Cloud puzzle; not only can you run Microsoft O/S, but even some Linux as well. It is also 2 way transfer; meaning you can upload your own .vhd files to your blob storage and run your own virtual machine, as well as, copy down your .vhd files from the cloud and run it locally on your own server’s.
Virtual Machines can be accessed in the new Windows Azure Management Preview Portal or through Powershell, using the new Windows Azure SDK (June 2012). Command line tools are also available for development on a Mac or Linux.
To start using Virtual Machines, Windows Azure Virtual Network, or Windows Azure Web Sites; request access on the ‘Preview Features’ under the ‘account’ tab, after you log into your Windows Azure account. Don't have an account? Sign-up for a free trial here.
Also announced were improvements to existing services: SQL Reporting, Caching, Storage, and Compliance, as well as updates to Tooling, Management Portal, Languages, and SDK – Check out the full announcement on the Windows Azure Blog.
I also wanted to give more information – Michael Washam, Windows Azure Technical Evangelist did a great post capturing the information so here is a link to his post.
And for more information on pricing details check out the Windows Azure page.