Windows Azure to Microsoft azure

Microsoft is all set to rebrand Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure. This makes lot of sense as the previous name (Windows Azure) gave an impression that it was limited to only Windows or Microsoft stack only. But, Azure today has evolved as a multi-platform and enterprise-grade public cloud platform. Today, it supports Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. So, in that sense the rebranding makes lot of sense. Also, Microsoft has announced trade-in scheme that invites Indian SMBs to exchange older hardware for Azure credits. Click here to find out more

Storing in the Cloud

Cloud Storage in recent years has not only caught everyone’s imagination but has also changed the whole perspective of collaboration and sharing on a day-to-day basis. The human race has been known for adapting to different environments and at the same time evolving progressively. It wouldn’t be wrong to say the same on cloud storage options available to us today as compared to what was available (or maybe not) few years back. Cloud Storage has become the most preferable and viable medium for carrying out collaboration and sharing tasks today. Cloud storage plays a pivotal role in our social and professional lives today, so let’s get to know it better below. Cloud Storage has evolved very quickly in very short span of time to catch the imagination of many.
 
What?
In simple English Cloud Storage is the means of storing your data in the cloud. It could be anything from your personal photographs on a social media site, your daily grocery list on a public cloud, or a corporate presentation on a private cloud. It is about storing your stuff without worrying about sharing, syncing to multiple devices, backups etc. All this is taken care by the cloud storage for you today, isn’t that awesome!!
 
Who?
We all come in contact of a cloud storage solution in our day-to-day lives irrespective of our profession, personality or preference. Right from a novice to an expert everyone uses cloud storage in one form or another. It could be a regular home user, a technical geek, a marketing professional or just about anyone.
 
When?
Right now!! (And obviously the future!) Needless to say that we are using cloud storage solutions in one form or the other today. And while a small portion which might still be untouched is surely expected to join the band wagon soon.
 
Where?
You can store information anywhere from personal, private to public cloud. Depending on which end user role you fit the complexity of the cloud storage solutions will vary. There are resources like Online Backup Magazine where more information can be garnered about where and what are the options available to leverage cloud storage options along with gaining important know-how on what’s hot in the cloud storage space.
 
Why?
Is that even a question that should be asked? There are multiple benefits of cloud storage solutions which make it compelling enough to ask WHY NOT? The advantages of storing in cloud are enormous of which accessibility, ease of use, multiple device sync, on-demand, pay as you go subscriptions are just a popular few.
 
So, that was a short overview of the cloud storage solutions/options around us and how we are in some way or the other consuming the cloud services. For those who are not it is never too late!!