Transport for London has embraced Microsoft's Cloud platform citing the need for a system capable of handling jumps in demand, especially unpredictable boosts in the number of visitors trying to access TfL information. According to Microsoft, the move is a part of the TfL's Digital Strategy and open data policy initiative.
"TfL asked for a system able to handle in excess of seven million requests per day, as well as being able to scale to handle unpredictable events like snow days," revealed Mark Taylor of Microsoft UK.
It appears that Microsoft and TfL have worked in partnership on moving the Developers Area and the Trackernet data feed to Windows Azure with a focus on scalability.
The software giant has emphasized time and again that one of the strongest assets of Windows Azure is the ability to easily handle peaks in demand, with TfL requiring a platform resilient enough to handle several million requests daily.
"This's great news for TfL passengers. We're committed to making travel information available to passengers how and when they want it," Chris MacLeod, TfL's Director of Group Marketing added.
"Trackernet - which'll lead to some new apps and which many developers have already tested for themselves - is a great example of how TfL is using new technologies to provide better travel tools for public transport users."