Windows Azure Cloud
When Microsoft engineers started developing Windows Azure back in 2007, the overarching idea was to create a mirror image of Windows Server in the cloud. A key element in that mirroring involved the development of the "conceptual equivalent" of Microsoft's Active Directory directory service for Azure, which came to be known as Windows Azure Active Directory (WAAD).

Microsoft publicly introduced WAAD in the summer of 2012, and the Azure team made WAAD generally available as of April 8, 2013. A number of Microsoft cloud properties are already relying on WAAD as their directory service, including Windows Azure Online Backup ...

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