Microsoft confirms: Azure will be a IaaS cloud too

Posted by virtualization.info Staff   |   Monday, November 23rd, 2009   |  

microsoft logo

At the end of September virtualization.info published an article suggesting that Microsoft would soon extend the capabilities of Azure to become an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud, able to compete against Amazon EC2, the Rackspace Cloud and others.

Last week, during the PCD 2009 conference, the company’s Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie confirmed it’s the case, mentioning the capability to move a virtual machine in the cloud.

The same day, in an interview to CNET News, Ozzie further acknowledged that Azure will work as PaaS and IaaS cloud:


CNET: You talked about the cloud as being early days. And I’m curious, there are some folks that have been playing in the space for a while, you know, SalesForce and Amazon and even Google to an extent. What do you feel Microsoft is offering in the cloud that competitors aren’t?
Ozzie: When we began developing Azure, we developed it more or less with a clean sheet of paper saying, “What will the operating environment look like for the next 30 years?” If the servers like Linux and Windows NT-based systems and Mac OS, if these are all based on things that were built when I was in school, what’s the next one going to look like? That’s the most significant advantage.

If you look at VMware or [Amazon's] EC2, what it really is–and I mean to be saying this respectfully–but it’s more or less a [virtual machine] hosting environment. It’s not a transformational computing environment. All programs in the future will be written in a way that there is no single point of failure. There’s no one server that can die and take down the service. And unless you write your applications for a programming model that’s inherently parallel, you don’t get to that point. And so, yes, we support the same kind of mode that the EC2 or VMware will do where you can take a VM and put it up there, but the reality is you don’t get the benefit of cloud unless you use this other thing.

It’s not clear if the IaaS part of the offering will be available starting January 1, 2010 like the PaaS one or not:

Azure_Launch

Photo Credit: Long Zheng


Labels:

blog comments powered by Disqus


virtualization.info Newest articles
Paper: Cisco UCS C240-M3 Rack Server with NVIDIA GRID GPU cards on Citrix XenServer 6.2 and XenDesktop 7.5

October 21st, 2014

Cisco has released a paper titled: “Cisco UCS C240-M3 Rack Server with NVIDIA GRID GPU cards on Citrix XenServer 6.2 and XenDesktop 7.5“.
The paper which contains 38 pages will…

Microsoft announces updates to its public and private cloud portfolio

October 20th, 2014

Microsoft today announced several upcoming features to both its public Microsoft Azure services, as its private cloud solution based on Windows Server and System Center. CEO Satya Nadella stated that…

OpenStack releases the 10th version of its IaaS platform called Juno

October 20th, 2014

OpenStack, the open source cloud computing project has released its 10th version of its IaaS platform for public, private and hybrid clouds. This version has 342 new features and…

VMware decides to disable TPS in future ESXi releases by default

October 17th, 2014

In a knowledge base article titled: “Security considerations and disallowing inter-Virtual Machine Transparent Page Sharing (2080735)” published on October 16th, VMware states that it will disable the Transparant Page Sharing…

Paper: Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x

October 16th, 2014

Based on the recent releases of Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6, Citrix has updated its design guidance called the "Citrix Virtual Desktop Handbook 7.x". The handbook which contains 202 pages…

VMware announces vRealize Log Insight 2.5

October 16th, 2014

VMware has announced the release of version 2.5 of its log aggregation, management and analysis product Log Insight. This version will be the follow up of version 2.0 which was…

Release: Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.18

October 16th, 2014

Oracle has released a new version of its virtualization platform VM Virtualbox. Version 4.3.18 is considered a maintenance release which can be installed on top of version 4.3. The update…

Paper: Performance and Scalability of Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 5.5

October 16th, 2014

VMware has released a paper titled: "Performance and Scalability of Microsoft SQL Server on VMware vSphere 5.5". The Paper which contains 33 pages demonstrates that large Microsoft SQL Server databases…

Paper: Microsoft Exchange Server Performance on VMware Virtual SAN

October 16th, 2014

VMware has released a paper titled: "Microsoft Exchange Server Performance on VMware Virtual SAN". The paper which contains 9 pages shows the results of performance tests of Microsoft Exchange Server…

Microsoft announces support for Docker container virtualization for next version of Windows Server

October 15th, 2014

Microsoft has announced that it will support for Docker in its next version of Windows Server. Docker which provides a so called container virtualization solution currently receives a lot of…

Paper: Achieving Over 1-Million IOPS from Hyper-V VMs in a Scale-Out File Server Cluster Using Windows Server 2012 R2

October 15th, 2014

Microsoft has released a paper titled:"Achieving Over 1-Million IOPS from Hyper-V VMs in a Scale-Out File Server Cluster Using Windows Server 2012 R2". The paper which contains 24 pages demonstrates…

VMworld Europe 2014 Wrap-Up

October 15th, 2014

VMworld Europe 2014 in Barcelona has seen Pat Gelsinger (VMware CEO), Bill Fathers (EVP and GM, Hybrid Cloud Services Business Unit) and Sanjay Poonen (EVP and GM, End-User Computing) in…

Release: Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0

October 14th, 2014

Microsoft has released version 3.0 of its converter tool from the VMware platform to Hyper-V and Windows Azure, the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC). Version 3.0 is the follow-up of…

Paper: VMware Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture

October 13th, 2014

VMware has released a paper titled: "VMware Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture". The paper, which contains 30 pages is a provides a reference architecture and real-world testing results for image management,…

 
Monthly Archive