I started a process about 45 days ago to really dig into Windows Azure and figure out how it would work for the Average Guy.  What is Windows Azure you might ask?

Windows Azure is a cloud computing platform and infrastructure, created by Microsoft, for building, deploying and managing applications and services through a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. It provides both platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service(IaaS) services and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems. Windows Azure was released on February 1, 2010.[1] 


Using Azure, I was able to set up a free Website using WordPress that helped me move this blog from one host provider to another.  Moving it took about a day to complete with backing up the old site, moving the files to my local PC, setting up a new WordPress site on Azure and restoring the back up to the new site.  There were a few issues that had to be overcome, but nothing all that technical.

Since you are using only the resources you need, you only pay for what is used.  Kind of a cool concept if you like to pay as you go.  Below is a snapshot of the usage overview.


Below is a view of the evening traffic as I brought the services up.  So far I have been able to run the site for free with the credits that have been provided by Microsoft.  It’s too early to tell just how much the site is going to cost me, but more on that over at http://theAverageGuy.tv in the coming weeks on Home Tech!


If you want to try a free 30 day trial of Windows Azure and if it might be a platform for you to host your website on, check out the trial at http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/.  Would love to dialogue with you about this if you have questions.  Catch me on any of the social links above!