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David Chappell has put together a white paper that provides an early look into how your application architecture changes with the introduction of Azure Services Platform.
Chappell explains the platform in detail for architects and technical decision makers. Azure Services Platform is a group of cloud technologies, each providing a specific set of services to application developers. The components of the Azure Services Platform can be used by local applications running on a variety of systems, including various flavors of Windows, mobile devices, and others.
The value proposition is that your customers don't need to build their own data center to maintain the data. Instead, Chappell says, "Rather than buying, installing, and operating its own systems, for example, an organization can rely on a cloud provider to do this for them."
He then explains each of the components of the services platform in detail. And he provides scenarios where the platform provides you with important advantages.
He then goes deeper into each of the technologies in the white paper.
You can download his white paper from Microsoft download at Introducing the Azure Services Platform: An Introduction to Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services.