Microsoft delivers beta of Azure services for Windows Server

Microsoft delivers beta of Azure services for Windows Server

Summary: Microsoft plans to deliver to hosters the fully released version of its Windows Azure cloud services for Windows Server 2012 by early 2013.

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Microsoft is moving ahead with plans to add some of its new Windows Azure services to Windows Server 2012, announcing the beta release of those services on October 8.

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Microsoft's plan is to deliver the final versions of these services, which include virtual machine hosting and Web-site hosting for Windows Server, by early 2013, officials said in a new Server and Cloud Blog post today.

Microsoft delivered a Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of these Azure services for Windows Server in July at the Worldwide Partner Conference. The coming services are aimed at service providers and hosting partners. At some point Microsoft might expand the target audience to other customers, but for now, that's the core audience, officials said.

The CTPs are versions of four of the same new services that Microsoft announced in June as part of its Azure spring updates:

Microsoft announced earlier this year it was expanding its Windows Azure from a more-or-less pure platform-as-a-service (PaaS) play to a combined PaaS and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) play. The hosted VM capability will allow users to run Windows Server, Linux, SQL Server and SharePoint (and apps built on these platforms) on Windows Azure. Microsoft now is bringing these IaaS scenarios to Windows Server datacenters.

I asked Microsoft last week whether the persistent VM services allowing Linux and Windows Server to be hosted on Azure have yet moved beyond preview/testing. A spokesperson told me they are still considered preview at this time and declined to offer a timeframe as to when they'll be fully released.

On the server side, these new services will be fully released along with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which is due in early 2013, according to today's blog post.

Topics: Cloud, Microsoft, Servers, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • This is confusing

    This is confusing. This makes it sounds like Microsoft is adding Azure to Windows Server 2012? Should it say they are adding Windows Server 2012 to Azure instead?

    Thanks
    Matt Watson, Founder of Stackify http://www.stackify.com
    spo81rty
    • Not correct to say it your way

      Hi. Sorry if this seems confusing the way I wrote it. But this is how MS is portraying this.

      MS and partners are describing this as adding certain Win Azure services to Win Server -- not the other way around (as you are suggesting). This is an offering for hosters who have Win Server running on machines in their datacenters but want to use features that -- up until now -- were available only to those using Windows Azure hosted by MS on its own servers in its own datacenters.

      Hope that helps clarify a bit. MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
  • This is confusing

    This is confusing. This makes it sounds like Microsoft is adding Azure to Windows Server 2012? Should it say they are adding Windows Server 2012 to Azure instead?

    Thanks
    Matt Watson, Founder of Stackify http://www.stackify.com
    spo81rty
  • Simple WOW !

    This is really nice. So, I can expect Win 2012 by beginning of next year when it's released will have slowly all features of Azure, but will run within the enterprise as Private Azure..! Yahoooo !
    jinishans