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fordy said:
Cerebralbore101 said:
wtf is Azure, and how does it do anything for Sony? What the hell do cloud services have to do with gaming

Believe it or not, this is a very smart move by Sony. Their focus is on electronics, software and entertainment. They don't want to enter another competing market in order to ensure that their services stay up to date.

Microsoft has an already established cloud infrastructure, and contrary to what many fans might think, competing companies can work together for the best interests of each other.

As for your question, you might think of cloud computing as only SaaS (Software as a Service), like most people think with website hosting, but Azure offers entire virtual networks and virtual machines under their IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) platforms on Azure. Their server farms are in many key locations through the world, and the service is very cost effective, when compared to hosting own hardware, sysadmins, etc.

One of the main concerns that I think Sony would be seeking is rapid scalability. For instance, under the proper conditions, extra resources can be automatically allocated to meet with spikes in demand. It eliminates the need for server hardware forecasting, downtime with setup/configuring etc, and eliminates points of failure through redundancy.

What is a virtual network? What is a virtual machine? What aspect of Sony's services would this be used for? How would it be used for that aspect of Sony's services? Are you saying that this doesn't have anything to do with streaming games? 



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Cerebralbore101 said:

What is a virtual network? What is a virtual machine? What aspect of Sony's services would this be used for? How would it be used for that aspect of Sony's services? Are you saying that this doesn't have anything to do with streaming games? 

Virtual Networks/Machines are the cloud based alternative to their physical counterparts. There are thousands of businesses that use Azure, or services like it, and they all use it for different purposes. Your question is like asking what Sony would do with a new computer: it's really up to them. 

As I mentioned before, Azure is made to replace physical hardware, and offload the costs and responsibilities to a more specialised service, one that has enough resources to deal with spikes in demand, instant response to security threats etc. Companies have found this a much more cost-effective alternative, to say, hosting their own hardware, employing IT specialists, etc.

Sony may or may not use Azure to stream games. It's doable, and definitely possible...



fordy said:
Cerebralbore101 said:

What is a virtual network? What is a virtual machine? What aspect of Sony's services would this be used for? How would it be used for that aspect of Sony's services? Are you saying that this doesn't have anything to do with streaming games? 

Virtual Networks/Machines are the cloud based alternative to their physical counterparts. There are thousands of businesses that use Azure, or services like it, and they all use it for different purposes. Your question is like asking what Sony would do with a new computer: it's really up to them. 

As I mentioned before, Azure is made to replace physical hardware, and offload the costs and responsibilities to a more specialised service, one that has enough resources to deal with spikes in demand, instant response to security threats etc. Companies have found this a much more cost-effective alternative, to say, hosting their own hardware, employing IT specialists, etc.

Sony may or may not use Azure to stream games. It's doable, and definitely possible...

How does the bolded apply to Playstation though? So far this all sounds very vague. 



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Cerebralbore101 said:
fordy said:

Virtual Networks/Machines are the cloud based alternative to their physical counterparts. There are thousands of businesses that use Azure, or services like it, and they all use it for different purposes. Your question is like asking what Sony would do with a new computer: it's really up to them. 

As I mentioned before, Azure is made to replace physical hardware, and offload the costs and responsibilities to a more specialised service, one that has enough resources to deal with spikes in demand, instant response to security threats etc. Companies have found this a much more cost-effective alternative, to say, hosting their own hardware, employing IT specialists, etc.

Sony may or may not use Azure to stream games. It's doable, and definitely possible...

How does the bolded apply to Playstation though? So far this all sounds very vague. 

That's because it is vague. It deals on a level of technology that very few are familiar with, or even care about. The majority don't care if, for instance, a mobile game runs from Google cloud services or Azure, as long as they can play it.

So far, the only news that we know about is that the deal involves streaming services, and will employ Azure and Azure AI. This is likely to become a service for streaming content from Sony movie studios, similar to Netflix, but I'm sure they'd see the benefit in also employing game streaming in the same platform. It uses identical technology to stream, it just requires a service for input.