Have your own Windows Azure services on-premise

12:31 pm in Hosting, Hyper-V, Service Provider Foundation, SPF, System Center, Windows Server 2012 by mikeresseler


Many IT Pro’s I know are scared of the public cloudIt will take a way their job, it will make sure that business users can do things without the control of IT administrators and so on.  The same IT Pro’s and also a lot more of them are also jealous of these public cloud offerings.  Imagine how cool it would be if we could offer this in-house.   The same experience for our users as they have in the cloud (Azure, Amazon…) and still completely under our control.  Too bad we can’t offer these things…

But wait, we can… With the System Center 2012 suite and Windows Server, this is already perfectly possible in-house.  Building up your private cloud and using the self-service portal to create offerings for your end-users that are completely or almost completely automated is not an utopia anymore. 

But let’s think one step further here for a second.  Let’s say I want to have these offerings and give them to my customers.  And these customers are not only the in-house users, but external companies.  I want to become (or I am already) an ISV or a hosting provider.  Now it becomes more challenging.  Building in Multi-Tenancy in the System Center suite can become much more difficult and requires a lot of configuration and customization.  Not exactly what I (or the hosting providers) want to do if they want to compete with the Azure an Amazon and whatever offering is out there today.  And yet, still many of these companies want to be able to do that.  Why?  Many reasons, but for start, they want to make money.  Second, many companies will trust their ISV or hosting provider before they will ever trust Azure or equivalent.  Why?  The fact that they can put a face on the ISV / Hosting provider is still important.

Now how are they going to solve these needs.  The answer to that… Windows Azure Services for Windows Server for Hosting Service Providers.

With this solution, Microsoft is bringing Windows Azure Web sites, Virtual Machines, the Service Management portal and API to what you already know: Windows Server.

Want more information and try it out? Check here: http://www.microsoft.com/hosting/en/us/services.aspx

You want to check out the different web apps you can use: Check here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/gallery/categories.aspx

Have fun,