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Microsoft is bringing Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, the Service Management Portal and API to Windows Server, enabling Hosting Service Providers to easily deliver high density website hosting and Infrastructure as a Service scenarios in a Windows Server-based environment. The beta has just been released, with full release along with the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which is scheduled for early 2013.
This means that hosters can deliver cloud capabilities on Windows Server & System Center that were previously found only in Windows Azure.
Web Sites. Create high-density, scalable website hosting services that are simple to deploy and administer, operating tens of thousands of sites in a single web farm.
Virtual Machines. Create extensible 'Infrastructure as a Service' offerings for Windows Server and Linux Virtual Machines.
Service Management Portal and API. Administer Web Sites and Virtual Machine services on Windows Server while also offering customers the same Windows 8-style self-service user experience found on Windows Azure. Provision and manage your Web Sites and Virtual Machines.
For more information and how to get started, see Bringing Windows Azure Services to Windows Server for Hosting Providers and the announcement on the Technet blog: Bringing Windows Azure Services to Windows Server – Beta Release.
Bruce D. Kyle Technical Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation