Windows Server 2008 in Azure

At Microsoft’s Professional Developer Conference this week, they are announcing Windows Server 2008 R2 in the Azure cloud.

They discussed the delivery of Windows Server instances in three “roles”:

  • Web role, where you get an IIS 7.5 instance, which I consider to be a SaaS offering.
  • Admin role, where you get a Windows server. I think this analogous to PaaS term.
  • VM role, where you build and maintain your own servers. I see this as analogous to the IaaS concept. You can upload your own server images.

The presentation and Powerpoints are available here at the PDC site.