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Azure, Dallas all the buzz at PDC 2009

The Professional Developers Conference is taking place in Los Angeles this week, and to no surprise, the Microsoft keynotes were all about the cloud. As we heard from Brent Ozar last month, developers are the company’s targets for its current and upcoming slate of cloud-based technologies, so what better place to show them off than PDC?

The crux of this of course is Microsoft’s Azure and SQL Azure programs, which will be available as a paid service starting Jan. 1, 2010. While much of the new improvements surrounding SQL Azure were already talked up during the PASS Community Summit earlier this month, there were also a few new Microsoft cloud developments that made news this week.

The first is a new “Data as a Service” offering, codenamed Dallas. During his keynote, Ray Ozzie said that Dallas is designed to aggregate reams of public data to be parsed, reconfigured and displayed as needed and incorporated in other applications. It’s also built on Azure, and will be a paid service. It is currently available as a community technical preview (CTP).

Details were also shared involving Microsoft Pinpoint, an online catalog for cloud resources. My colleague Bridget Boltelho reported that “Pinpoint is integrated into the Azure developer portal and the partner network and it will be in the online portal for IT in the future.”

As for Azure itself, Microsoft is working on adding support for Windows Server virtual machines as a means of bridging the gap between “on-premise” computing and the cloud. There are a lot more details here regarding all the announcements in regards to Microsoft’s cloud vision.

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