The recent released HPC Pack 2008 R2 SP2 is focused on providing customers with a great experience when expanding their on-premises clusters to Windows Azure. One of new features include a tuned MPI stack for the Windows Azure network, support for Windows Azure VM role (currently in beta), and automatic configuration of the Windows Azure Connect preview to allow Windows Azure based applications to reach back to enterprise file server and license servers via virtual private networks.

 

--Jason Chen