Cloud Tweaks | July 13, 2012

Does Microsoft Windows Azure Threaten vCloud

It appears like Microsoft is desperate to become the OS for cloud computing. At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference on July 10th, the company has announced its Windows Azure’s white-label version which is targeted at the web hosts currently based on Windows Server. This can be viewed as a challenge for VMware, which is trying to push its vCloud agenda. In recent years, VMware is spanning cloud-based and on-premise deployments…

…According to Sinclair Schuller, the CEO & founder of Microsoft Partner Apprenda, Microsoft’s move is smart and the company has tried to develop its cloud-computing footprint. He said, ”As Microsoft is expanding their toolkit, they’re trying to make sure it’s not a disjointed experience.” Users might wish to use multiple cloud services, but they want a single interface to interact with them.

Apprenda provides an on-premise platform for .NET applications and is now a partner to Microsoft’s latest offering. If a web host performs an internal deployment of an Apprenda instance & plugs it into the portal, the auto-scaling & PaaS capabilities of Apprenda can be deployed directly from the Service Management Portal by the customers.