Steve has found a description of Windows Azure, here’re the bit that we liked:
Windows Azure protects you from scary shit like managing operating systems. You deploy your application straight to the data center, and it’s all run in virtual instances of Windows Server 2008. Marshalling that virtualization is Windows Azure’s job. Microsoft has understood that every time a developer needs to configure services on a machine, they fuck it up and need to page the ops people.
Giving you access to a straight-up hosted Microsoft SQL Server would be too useful, so in the Azure platform, you get a weak abstraction over it. You can query this data store with a LINQ-like language over REST or SOAP. Why not provide you with just an SQL server? Because scaling an SQL server arbitrarily is a real pain in the nuts, and you can scrape by with this abstraction. I hope you’re not too dependent on stored procedures. That will learn you to tightly couple your data and your business logic, fucker.