Service Management application programming interface (codenamed Katal)
Microsoft recently announced 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. "We're striving to have consistency across three key areas: Customer datacenters, service providers' datacenters and our datacenters," said Ian Carlson, Director of Product Marketing. The hosted virtual machine CTP is designed to run on Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. The high-density Web Sites one works on Windows Server 2008 R2 and later. I'm still checking on the service management portal and API CTP requirements. The service management portal and interface offer hosters a way to differentiate, noted officials with Apprenda, one Microsoft partner that offers "private PaaS" through its recently announced Apprenda Azure product. "Azure is moving from a product, to an effort," said Rakesh Malhotra, Vice President of Product with Clifton Park, NY-based Apprenda. "You can consume and acquire services through the portal."