If Microsoft Azure is just Windows in the cloud, is it easy to move a Windows application from your servers to Azure? The answer is a definite “maybe”. An Azure instance is just a Windows virtual server, and you can even use a remote desktop to log in and have a look. Your ASP.NET code should run just as well on Azure as it does …
Sounds straightforward enough then...
Classic Hotel California as well no doubt.
Good luck checking out (your data/vm/non-sql'd version of whatever)
MS is an American company
No company with European customers is going to want to use Azure.
MS need to license the technology/infrastructure to a EU company so the data is protected from the US Patriot act.
Safe Harbour will cover it in theory
The other question to ask is if this infrastructure gets compromised who is responsible for the breach? MS, the company who put their data in the cloud? I am sure legal agreements will have to be checked and MS will want to push that liability onto the client rather than them having to deal with the issue.
The answer is not a "definite" maybe.
The answer is not a "definite" maybe, its "probably not".
Maybe I've misunderstood your description of VM handling in Azure, but I believe that you can put a VM in Amazon's cloud and use it like a VM.
More MS licensing BS. And a dose of Windows in the cloud.
It'd be safer and cheaper to move all of my data to a pen drive then tape it to a hand-grenade.
Easy, not so
M$ always seems to have to make things more complicated than they need to be and invent a new vocabulary while they are at it. Perhaps they are trying to make up for something?
"SQL Azure costs from $9.99 per month for a 1GB database, on a sliding scale up to $499.95 for 50GB."
There must be something wrong with my head this morning, but 50GB = 50 x 1GB right? So 50 x $9.99 = $499.50 ... so in effect the "sliding scale" is going *up* instead of down.