The Azure Services Platform is designed to help developers quickly and easily create, deploy, manage, and distribute web services and applications on the Internet. Windows Azure is an operating system for the cloud that serves as the development, run-time, and control environment for the Azure Services Platform. Windows Azure provides developers on-demand compute & storage to host, scale, and manage web applications on the internet through Microsoft data centers.
You can try it now, all you need to install is the following:
- Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista Service Pack 1
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 with Visual Web Developer or Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition with SP1
- SQL Server 2005 Express Edition (or above)
- Windows Azure SDK
Here is a link to the Azure Services Training Kit – PDC Preview.