Microsoft (MSFT) has had a busy, but good, week in regards to its Windows Azure cloud platform. Not only did the company announce a much-anticipated strategic partnership with Oracle (ORCL) that will see Oracle support Azure and Hyper-V in addition to Windows Server, but Redmond also received support from two other cloud computing vendors.
Engine Yard, a PaaS provider, has provided multicloud management capabilities for some time, but now the company has added Azure to its list of supported cloud platforms. This comes about as the result of a strategic alliance between Microsoft and Engine Yard, and according to the companies, they will provide a commercial-grade, open source-based platform on top of on-demand infrastructure aimed at developers and IT professionals at startups, SMBs and large, global enterprises alike. That's pretty much the entire spectrum, with the possible exception of the small office/home office business.
"Windows Azure is committed to openness and serving developers. By working with Engine Yard, we're further enabling developers who use open source languages and frameworks to take advantage of a leading cloud application platform to create and deploy modern Web and mobile apps more easily," said Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president for Windows Azure at Microsoft, in a prepared statement. "We're pleased to offer customers a balance of automation and control when they deploy open source solutions in Linux virtual environments on Windows Azure."
In other news, RightScale further expanded its support for Windows Azure with program to make it quicker for developers and ISVs to onboard their applications. The "Get your App to Azure" program is aimed at enterprises planning to deploy applications on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. Using RightScale's multicloud management platform and professional services, the program provides three key pillars that are meant to enable developers and enterprises launching apps on Azure, including:
- Expert guidance—RightScale's Windows Azure professionals will work with enterprises to help assess, plan and guide application deployments and migrations to Windows Azure.
- Faster on-ramp—Customers can take advantage of customizable, prebuilt RightScale ServerTemplates, including out-of-the-box scalable three-tier .NET deployments with support for both Windows and Linux. RightScale also provides automation capabilities including auto-scaling based on application-specific custom metrics such as number of SQL Server queries.
- Multicloud management—RightScale's platform helps customers manage Windows Azure public cloud deployments alongside other public or private cloud deployments using the same configuration and automation methodology across diverse cloud architectures.
"The Get your App to Azure program combines RightScale cloud management and the consulting services companies need to get up and running quickly on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services," said Daniel Moore, vice president of Services at RightScale, in a prepared statement. "RightScale experts will help enterprises evaluate existing on-premises applications and decide which applications will benefit most from the cloud. For enterprises that have developed cloud-ready applications, RightScale multi-cloud management technology will enable them to add Windows Azure to their public cloud portfolio."
It's been a good week for Microsoft's cloud platform, and it seems clear the company is making good progress on its cloud strategy. How things will end up for Microsoft when going up against strong competition is up in the air, but nothing seems to deter the company that Windows built.