The following is a post from Bill Hilf, General Manager of Windows Azure Product Marketing at Microsoft.
I’m excited to announce that today Microsoft released Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Windows Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud platform and Windows Azure Infrastructure Services is a new Windows Azure service that lets customer easily migrate existing applications and infrastructure to the cloud. We have been working hard on this service for some time now, and I wanted to thank our customers for their patience while we worked to get it right and deliver an enterprise grade offering.
In all the conversations I have with customers, it’s clear that they are looking for an enterprise grade cloud offering that delivers cloud computing benefits without compromise. With today’s announcement, I can confidently say that is what Microsoft offers.
Windows Azure is the cloud platform that embraces the power of “and”. It is a platform built to leverage on-premises investments and the flexibility of the cloud so businesses can realize the promise of hybrid clouds. It is a cloud platform with both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings, so businesses can pick what works for them. And it is the cloud that delivers low cost and great performance – backed by today’s announcement that we will match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth.
If you are an enterprise, small business or a startup looking for a cloud platform that truly embraces the power of “and”, I encourage you to take a look at Windows Azure and let us know what you think.
You can read more about today’s announcement here.