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the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Washington D.C. today, Bob
Muglia outlined our vision for the cloud and explained how we're investing
heavily in supporting both customers and partners as they shift to the
cloud. For those customers who are
looking for more control than a public cloud offering can provide, Bob
announced today the Windows Azure Platform Appliance, a turnkey cloud platform that
customers and partners can deploy in their own datacenter.
on for answers to the top line questions you may have about the appliance. You
can also watch a new Channel9
video with Steve Marx and Ryan Dunn who provide an overview of the
appliance, or visit the Windows Azure Platform Appliance page. To learn more about all of the news Bob announced today, you
can read the press
watch the keynote and check out the
post by Robert Wahbe, corporate vice president, Microsoft Server and Tools,
recapping the news.
is the Windows Azure Platform Appliance?
The Windows Azure Platform Appliance consists
of Windows Azure, SQL Azure and a Microsoft-specified configuration of network,
storage and server hardware. Service providers, governments and large
enterprises who would, for example, invest in a 1000 servers at a time, will be
able to deploy the Windows Azure platform on their own hardware in their datacenter. Microsoft Windows Azure Platform Appliance
is optimized for scale out applications - such as eBay- and datacenter efficiency
across hundreds to thousands to tens-of-thousands servers.
are the benefits of the appliance?
The main benefit of the appliance is that it
provides the benefits of the Windows Azure platform with greater physical
control, geographic proximity, regulatory compliance and data sovereignty.
the appliance include hardware, what kind?
The appliance will run only on network,
storage and server hardware that meets the Windows Azure platform reference
specifications. We've invested significant engineering resources to ensure that
the hardware required by the appliance is optimized to enable service
availability, automated management and power, cooling and operational
efficiency across tens of thousands of servers. Based on industry-standard x64
hardware, customers will be able to purchase the appliance from a choice of
the Microsoft Windows Azure Platform Available now?
The appliance software (Windows Azure
and SQL Azure) is currently being delivered to a small set of service provider
partners (Dell, Fujitsu and HP) and a customer (eBay) to run on
Microsoft-specified hardware in their datacenters.
is the partner opportunity in the cloud? With the Windows Azure Platform Appliance?
There is tremendous opportunity for
partners in the cloud, and we're committed to working with our strong partner
ecosystem to make this transition a win for all of us.The appliance presents even more opportunity
for ISVs to efficiently build and cost-effectively deliver new and existing
applications on the Windows Azure platform. Roughly 30% of our current Azure
subscriptions to date are via partners.
Tomorrow we'll dive into the partner news and
momentum at WPC, so stay tuned!