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Why Windows Azure is on Cloud 9?

Cloud computing market is crowded with more and more vendors as it is seen becoming no.1 in the ‘what’s next’ list among the CEOs & CIOs. Google, Amazon, Microsoft are pioneers in this arena. Based on my observations, I can see more tractions on Windows Azure based enterprise apps. There may be many reasons. One key reason that would have made Windows Azure as one of the key choice may be ‘data storage’ facilities it offers.

If you see the key players in cloud computing viz Amazon, Google, Microsoft, they are offering data stores based on EAV model:

• Amazon – SimpleDB

• Google – BigTable

• Microsoft – SQL Data Services

EAV models are suited only for the scenarios where vast no. of attributes is used to describe an ‘Entity’. From the business domain perspective, ‘Health Care’ can be a good candidate for such scenarios. Especially when data models are designed for the databases to store info on clinical findings, we will end up in lots of attributes. If we design database models for …