I will be covering some of the new, and more complete Azure burst features on my blog, please stay tuned!

The Microsoft HPC Pack 2008 R2 software, and the Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 Suite, enables cluster based supercomputing based on x64 versions of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as Windows 7 clients. Windows HPC Server can be used for massively parallel programs (computational fluid dynamics, reservoir simulation) as well as embarrassingly parallel programs (BLAST, Monte Carlo simulations).

An HPC Pack 2008 R2-based system is a cluster of servers that includes a single head node, and one or more compute nodes. The head node controls and mediates all access to the cluster resources and is the single point of management, deployment and job scheduling for the compute cluster. It utilizes the existing corporate Active Directory infrastructure for security and account management.

In order to participate in the beta program you need to sign up for the Microsoft HPC Server 2008 R2 Beta Program through Microsoft Connect. You will need a Windows Live ID to join, if you do not have one you'll be given the opportunity to create one.
If you would like to join the program, please