Is Azure ready for production usage?

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  1. Terrence K says:

    Azure is NOT ready. One of the fundamental building blocks of any application is Data. Azure recognizes this and storage services will support Tables / Queues / Blogs.

    At this point in the game (6/30/2009), the REST API is finalized. If you hit up MSDN.com and go digging, there is NO managed API!!!! Yes, you can write your own C# code and wrap their REST xml based implementation and start building proof of concept applications. (Optionaly you can use the StorageClient sample in the SDK, but Microsoft has already said do not rely on this for production via social.microsoft.com forums).

    I always looked at cloud computing this way:
    Big Business: The costs of cloud computing is too much. We do too much business, process too many transactions, eat too much bandwidth, store too many GB’s. We eat the cost, buy our servers, run our application on a 10-year plan and all is well in the world.

    Medium Business: Gray area. If I am building something from the ground up, and I am out of staff/server resrouces, this might be a good idea.

    Small Business: Ok, the same guy that installs Windows on the desktops also manages the network and maintains all the production apps my preferred vendor build for me in c#. New project coming, yes, let’s build it for the cloud…. Except I have a 6-month ramp up period on the technology just so I can get data in/out of tables.

    Summary: Wait till version 2.0 when we have nice Managed libraries that handle splitting our blob into 16 MB blocks for us.

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