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Google App Engine vs Microsoft Azure

Side Stepping on my OSGi trail, I saw a few articles on the new Azure platform for Cloud computing from Microsoft! People claiming it to be up agains Amazon EC2 and Google App Engine.

Come on.. Having never used it, I cant speak for EC2 but; App Engine and Azure? Where is the comparision.

By Choosing Azure, I am basically TIED to Windows all the way! Just look at the long list of Auzure SDK Requirements:

  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise; Windows Server 2008 Standard; Windows Vista Business; Windows Vista Business 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Home Premium; Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit edition; Windows Vista Ultimate; Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition
  •  Required Software
    •  Windows Vista SP1 (when installing on Windows Vista)
    •  .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
    •  IIS 7.0 (with ASP.NET and WCF HTTP Activation)
    •  Microsoft SQL Server Express 2005 or Microsoft SQL Server Express 2008
    •  Windows PowerShell (optional)

On the other hand, App engine can live on Windoze, Linux or Mac. Other requirements: Python - available in any OS. THATS it. They even have plans to get Java, Perl and other languages to be supported. The only thing we get tied to is Google BigTable DataStore.

It looks like the age old race with httpd for IIS. Déjà vu.

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