Windows Server 2012 Positioned for Cloud Services Providers
Microsoft says many Windows Azure capabilities will be available via Window Server 2012, essentially positioning the new Windows Server for cloud services providers (CSPs) and hosting providers. The news, delivered at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 (WPC12), involves a community technology preview (CTP).
According to a Microsoft press release:
“With the new CTP, hosting service providers can offer customers turnkey cloud services, including high-scale websites and virtual machine hosting with an extensible self-service portal experience. These capabilities, which run on Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012, will offer hosting providers some of the same experiences and services recently announced by Windows Azure. Go Daddy, the largest global Web hoster, is piloting these new capabilities to deliver new cloud services for customers.”
Read between the lines, and Microsoft is trying to make it easier for customers to mix and match private clouds with third-party public clouds and Microsoft’s own Windows Azure. It’s somewhat similar to the Amazon Web Services–Eucalyptus relationship, which extends Amazon-compatible cloud services to on-premises private clouds. Also of note, Rackspace and other cloud services providers have been developing OpenStack, an open source offering available for public and private cloud deployments.