As CEO Steve Ballmer has noted more than once, Microsoft’s future plans see the company going “all in” with the cloud. The company’s cloud play, Azure, offers the capabilities that we might expect from a cloud, and includes infrastructure such as virtual machines and storage as well as the capability to host and run software such as Office 365. Microsoft also recognises the importance of data, and with the Windows Azure Marketplace and the nurturing of specification such as OData, the company is playing its part in ensuring that data can be found, trusted, and incorporated into a host of different applications.

Piyush Lumba, Director of Product Management for Azure Data Services at Microsoft, talks about what the Marketplace can do today and shares some of his perspectives on ways that the nascent data market space could evolve.

Following up on a blog post that I wrote at the start of 2012, this is the eighth in an ongoing series of podcasts with key stakeholders in the emerging category of Data Markets.