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TechEd 2013: New Azure Services Coming to Windows Server 2012

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Looking to flesh out its so-called Cloud OS vision, Microsoft revealed plans to offer the new Windows Azure Pack, which brings the portal interface of Microsoft's cloud service to Windows Server and System Center.

In a keynote address this morning that kicked off the annual TechEd 2013 conference in New Orleans, corporate VP Brad Anderson emphasized the latest version of Hyper-V release introduced in Windows Server 2012 last year is the same hypervisor offered in its Windows Azure cloud service.

"Consistency across clouds is one of the things you should absolutely add to the top of your list as you're looking at your cloud decisions," Anderson said. "If things are consistent, if you have the same virtualization, same management, the same developer interfaces, you have the same identity and you have consistency across data, what that allows you to do is you can just move VMs and applications across clouds, no converging, no migration, no friction."

With the Windows Azure Pack, administrators can let lines of business configure and consume capacity, Anderson explained. It also enables high-density Web hosting, allowing organizations to deploy 5,000 Web servers on a single Windows Server instance just as they do in Windows Azure, allowing it to run in the datacenter. Features such as the Windows Azure Service Bus will also run on this new pack. And Microsoft will offer a set of APIs that let developers build apps and deploy them on premise or in the cloud.

"We're hardening [these] in Azure, and then through the Windows Azure Pack we deliver that and it just drops right on top of Windows Server and on System Center," Anderson said.

Posted by Jeffrey Schwartz on 06/03/2013 at 1:15 PM


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