Windows Azure Infrastructure Services moves into GA

Today Microsoft announced the general availability of its IaaS offering. This follows last week’s announcement from Amazon, who has reduced the price of Windows Server VMs in anticipation of the Microsoft announcement. Bill Hilf, GM for Windows Azure emphasized on the availability of PaaS and IaaS under one roof in his blog post. Here are some of his observations.

Amazon makes its VPCs more agile

With its new Elastic Network Interfaces, created by separating IP addresses and some key attributes from EC2 storage instances, Amazon is making its Virtual Private Cloud more flexible for companies that want to bring legacy applications to Amazon’s cloud computing infrastructure.

What the share economy can learn from the cloud

In the past few years we have seen accommodation-sharing company Airbnb grab a valuation of over $1 billion and car-sharing leader Zipcar squeak into profitability sooner than expected. Those developments, among others, suggest the share economy is alive and well, but how can this space continue to grow? It might take a hint or two from cloud computing.