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Microsoft Brings Windows Azure Services to Windows Server

This is a strategic announcement that will have a significant impact on the Cloud ecosystem

When Ray Ozzie announced Windows Azure back in 2008 at the PDC, he called Windows Azure as the Cloud OS. Since then many Microsoft spokespersons referred to Windows Azure as the Cloud OS. But it sounded more of a marketing jargon than a true Cloud OS as Windows Azure only exposed an abstracted .NET layer like any other traditional PaaS player.

But with the recent updates to Windows Azure, it started to justify the claim of it being the Cloud OS. With the support of Web sites, VMs and the good old Web Role and Worker Role rechristened as Cloud Services, Windows Azure looked complete in terms of the offerings. It now supports most of the use cases required by startups, SMEs and enterprises.

On June 10th at the WPC, Microsoft has announced that the Windows Azure Web Sites, VMs and the Service Management Portal along with the API are a part of Windows Server 2012. This offering is currently targeted at the hosters than enterprise customers. But it is clear that eventually the enterprise customers get to access these capabilities. This is a strategic announcement that will have a significant impact on the Cloud ecosystem. With this, Microsoft aims at transforming every hoster into a potential Cloud service provider overnight.

Windows Azure Web Sites is a feature that makes it a breeze to deploy data driven Web Applications written in classic ASP, ASP.NET, PHP or Node.js. Developers can use a wide range of tools including git, FTP, Visual Studio or Web Matrix to push the code. This becomes a lightweight PaaS that the hoster can expose to the customers. By implementing this feature, a hoster can on-board more customers with ease as it reduces the friction of dealing with the proprietary control panel and provisioning the resources for each application. It brings in self-service capabilities for the developers to deal with the runtime environment.

Read the complete article at CloudStory.in

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Janakiram MSV heads the Cloud Infrastructure Services at Aditi Technologies. He was the founder and CTO of Get Cloud Ready Consulting, a niche Cloud Migration and Cloud Operations firm that recently got acquired by Aditi Technologies. In his current role, he leads a highly talented engineering team that focuses on migrating and managing applications deployed on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
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