The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Frobisher
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Baseball Data
The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – The Crash

Does Microsoft Windows Azure Threaten vCloud

Does Microsoft Windows Azure Threaten vCloud?

It appears like Microsoft is desperate to become the OS for cloud computing. At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference on July 10th, the company has announced its Windows Azure’s white-label version which is targeted at the web hosts currently based on Windows Server. This can be viewed as a challenge for VMware, which is trying to push its vCloud agenda. In recent years, VMware is spanning cloud-based and on-premise deployments.

In the past, Microsoft has received flak for not having a lawful hybrid cloud-strategy. But, Microsoft appears to be back on the right track with this announcement. The new offering is known as Service management Portal, which is presently in the Community Technology Preview mode. With this, Microsoft’s partners can provide an infrastructure similar to Windows Azure to their customers without actually employing the Microsoft’s cloud. This can be achieved through the standardized management portal as well as through extensible APIs. The extensible APIs allow the developers to link their applications to the specialized services of the hosts, to the on-premise resources, or to Windows Azure itself.

According to Sinclair Schuller, the CEO & founder of Microsoft Partner Apprenda, Microsoft’s this move is smart and the company has tried to develop its cloud-computing footprint. He said,” As Microsoft is expanding their toolkit they’re trying to make sure it’s not a disjointed experience.” Users might wish to use multiple cloud services, but they want a single interface to interact with them.

Apprenda provides an on-premise platform for .NET applications and is now a partner to Microsoft’s latest offering. If a web host performs an internal deployment of an Apprenda instance & plugs it into the portal, the auto-scaling & PaaS capabilities of Apprenda can be deployed directly from the Service Management Portal by the customers.

The Service Management Portal may prove to be the most prominent weapon for Microsoft in its war against virtualization king VMware to become cloud’s operating system. The vCloud-Datacenter-Services program & the vCloud-Director-Management software have provided the head start to VMware, but now Microsoft has got the answers to both. Microsoft, although, still needs to mature a lot, particularly if it wishes to contend for the enterprise-workloads.

Microsoft did something similar few years back with the introduction of Windows Azure Appliance, but it never worked. This strategy was confined to few big partners including Dell, Fujitsu, and HP. Apparently, Fujitsu is the only partner that followed through this strategy.

Microsoft is adding insult to the injury by planning to grow a service-provider-partners ecosystem with a latest program. This will assist them to shift from VMware’s hypervisor to Microsoft’s Hyper-V.

By Doug Hamilton

Follow Us!

CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks.com is recognized as one of the leading authorities in cloud computing information. Most of the excellent CloudTweaks articles are provided by our own paid writers, with a small percentage provided by guest authors from around the globe, including CEOs, CIOs, Technology bloggers and Cloud enthusiasts. Our goal is to continue to build a growing community offering the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more...
Follow Us!

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.

Popular Archives

Cloud-Based VOIP – 4 Alternatives To Skype

Cloud-Based VOIP – 4 Alternatives To Skype

Cloud-Based VOIP – 4 Alternatives To Skype Skype is the most popular cloud-based VOIP service. Since being bought out by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011 the company has grown to more than 300 million users and now accounts for 34% of all international calls. Some people don’t want to use Skype though. Reports of…

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Three Factors for Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy

Choosing Your Long-term Cloud Strategy A few weeks ago I visited the global headquarters of a large multi-national company to discuss cloud strategy with the CIO. I arrived 30 minutes early and took a tour of the area where the marketing team showcased their award winning brands. I was impressed by the digital marketing strategy…

Wearable Tech – Will It Ever Be Fashionable?

Wearable Tech – Will It Ever Be Fashionable?

Wearable Tech – Will It Ever Be Fashionable? Wearable tech is taking over the world, and in that sense, it’s already fashionable. As we noted last week, the sector is expected to grow from $14 billion in 2014 to $70+ billion in 2024. But what about ‘high-fashion’? The catwalks and runways of London, Paris, and Milan? Can…

The Cloud In 2015: Eight Trends To Look For

The Cloud In 2015: Eight Trends To Look For

The Cloud In 2015 For organizations of all sizes, in 2014 the cloud emerged as a critical part of the default consideration set when implementing any new application – in large part due to the cloud’s proven ability to handle data storage and processing demands in an elastic manner, improved verifiable standards around data security and…

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

Five Signs The Internet of Things Is About To Explode

The Internet of Things Is About To Explode By 2020, Gartner estimates that the Internet of Things (IoT) will generate incremental revenue exceeding $300 billion worldwide. It’s an astoundingly large figure given that the sector barely existed three years ago. We are now rapidly evolving toward a world in which just about everything will become…

Recent

Is The Internet of Things A Perfect Storm?

Is The Internet of Things A Perfect Storm?

Is The Internet of Things A Perfect Storm? There has been a great deal of discussion surrounding the Internet of Things over the past couple of years as more companies are taking an active and aggressive interest. IBM for example has recently decided to invest $3 Billion over the next 4 years. “Our knowledge of…

Digital Transformation: Miracle and Wonder

Digital Transformation: Miracle and Wonder

Digital Transformation These are the days of miracle and wonder. I’ve been leading a small, global research team at the Tau Institute for the past few years to examine the dynamics of IT adoption in more than 100 countries throughout the world. We’ve developed several indices that show how well these nations are doing on a relative basis. We ranked the nations…

Cloud Security Hottest Issue At RSA

Cloud Security Hottest Issue At RSA

Cloud Security Hottest Issue The integral integration of cyber security and cloud technology seemed to be the hottest issue at the busy RSA 2015 Conference in San Francisco. Interested parties packed security and cloud service booths for the duration of the conference. Several prominent publications covered the increased importance of securing their private information that’s…

Contact Us

Sending

Technology Sponsors

hp Logo CityCloud-PoweredByOpenstack-Bluesquare_logo_100x100-01
cisco_logo_100x100 vmware citrix100
Site 24x7 200px-KPMG

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

CloudTweaks Comic Library

Advertising