In early 2013, Microsoft released Windows Azure Services for Windows Server. With the release of Windows Azure Services for Windows Server, System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, and Windows Server 2012, Microsoft enables hosting service providers (HSPs) to deliver to their customers multi-tenant cloud services today. By leveraging these technologies, HSPs can provide high-quality self-service offerings to their customers while reducing costs associated with developing custom solutions. As announced at Microsoft Tech-Ed North America 2013, the next release of Windows Azure Services for Windows Server will be called the Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server, and will release with Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.
The Infrastructure as a Service Technical Guidance for Hosting Service Providers white paper provides technical guidance and key considerations for HSPs that want to provide infrastructure as a service to their customers, using Windows Azure Services for Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.