Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy, and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. This enables your government agency to build applications using any language, tool, or framework, and integrate public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
Azure Marketplace addresses complex enterprise data sharing requirements with the capacity to subscribe and syndicate content, as well as “feed” content into government websites and open data catalogues. Government agencies use Azure Marketplace to manage more complex data scenarios, from real time data feeds to high volume data archives with a choice of syndicating content commercially, or making them available as open data, or even both!
Government agencies using Windows Azure and Azure Marketplace
: Uses Windows Azure Marketplace to host UK Meteorological Office (MetOffice) data archives, and to make those available as open data on data.gov.uk
FloodAlerts (UK Environment Agency):
An open data Facebook application developed by a Microsoft partner (Shoothill) and hosted on Windows Azure; it's the world's first visual representation of flood information
Maritime Administration, Estonia
: Interactive application listing and visualizing maritime open government data including harbor information, maritime navigation signs and buoys