At 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.
What 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. See here for more details.