Windows Azure’s Virtual Machines

Most of us are unaware of windows azure. But for those who have the concept of cloud computing, can understand the windows azure as a different services. So basically for the infrastructures, Azure helps to create a virtual machines in cloud. Those machines are virtual, this is the reason we call them VMs. On talking with its purpose for virtual machines, we can find the various servers that could be created and installed within few minutes.

Azure provides the servers that are listed below as the virtual machines:

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

  • SharePoint Server 2013 Trial

  • SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Evaluation Edition On Windows Server 2012

  • SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Evaluation Edition On Windows Server 2012 R2

  • SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise On Win2012

  • SQL Server 2012 SP1 Enterprise On Win2K8R2

  • SQL Server 2012 SP1 Standard On Win2012

  • SQL Server 2012 SP1 Standard On Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

  • SQL Server 2012 SP1 Web On Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Enterprise On Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

  • SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Standard On Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

  • BizTalk Server 2013 Enterprise

  • BizTalk Server 2013 Evaluation

  • BizTalk Server 2013 Standard

  • Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 Preview

  • openSUSE 12.3

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3

  • Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS

  • Ubuntu Server 12.10

  • Ubuntu Server 13.04

  • OpenLogic CentOS 6.3

I guess more and more virtual machines will be added to Azure. So which one will you prefer, Azure provides you as you wish. Happy Cloud Computing Smile

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Getting close to IaaS

IaaS is abbreviated form of the Infrastructure as a service. This term is widely used in the cloud computing. If you haven’t heard about it then you must hurry and do some researches in it. As we move on to the cloud computing the Iaas has more and more use. It provides a infrastructure in the cloud. Many vendors provides the infrastructure and it is pay per use. i.e. you have to pay for the infrastructure that you use. Sometimes all you need is high configuration hardware and sometimes just only little is enough in the corporation. Such can be easily implemented in IaaS within the cloud. And all you have to pay is what you use. I guess in future every corporation will desire to choose the IaaS platform of the cloud for their hardware infrastructure and it is really going huge these days. The main thing that we need to understand about the IaaS of cloud is that the vendors manages the lower level of the stack. Currently only few vendors provides the operating system and it needs to be managed by user. Sometimes the user needs to install the operating system too. But the benefit of the IaaS over the cloud is that it does not require any physical servers. It works with the virtual machines in which the servers or the operating system can be installed.