Microsoft’s Windows Azure: What a Difference a Year Makes

In the beginning, Microsoft’s cloud computing project was called “Red Dog” and had a team of 150 people. Now the renamed Windows Azure team is 1,200 strong and growing. The service has also added a huge number of new features along the way.

While the platform was conceived as a developer tool, Microsoft is now making a push into the enterprise. Over the past year, ?the (Red Dog) puppy grew up,? said Microsoft’s Amitabh Srivastava. ?But our idea, even from the beginning, was to build something for the enterprise. Our goal from Day 1 was to make it available to developers, but we also knew the enterprise was where the money is.?

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