I’m pleased to announce that Windows Azure fully supports Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
This new service now makes it possible for companies to move their existing servers and applications into the cloud. We understand that customers don’t want to rip and replace their current infrastructure to benefit from the cloud; they want the strengths of their on-premises investments and the flexibility of the cloud. It’s not only about Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as a Service (PaaS), it’s about Infrastructure Services and Platform Services and hybrid scenarios. The cloud should be an enabler for innovation and Windows Azure can now be an extension of your organization’s IT fabric.
The Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network are now available to help you meet your changing business needs by providing an on-demand, scalable infrastructure. Not only can these VMs support up to 8 CPU cores, but we’ve added higher memory instances that include up to 56 GB of RAM. These infrastructure services allow you to extend your data centers and business-critical workloads into the cloud while leveraging your existing skills and investments.
Today we are also announcing a commitment to match Amazon Web Services prices for commodity services such as compute, storage and bandwidth. This starts with reducing our GA prices on Virtual Machines and Cloud Services by 21-33%. Windows Azure is now your most price-competitive cloud option. At the same time, Microsoft provides you a financially backed 99.95% monthly SLA when you deploy multiple instances of Virtual Machines.
Not only are prebuilt Linux images such as Ubuntu, CentOS, and Suse Linux Enterprise Server available through the Windows Azure Virtual Machine Image Gallery, but so is Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, BizTalk Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013. We also provide server support for Dynamics GP 2013, Dynamics NAV 2013, Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 SP1, Project Server 2013, System Center 2012 SP1, and Team Foundation Server 2012.
On a personal note, I’m happy to see this breathe new life into all the mobile data sync solutions that have been deployed in data centers all over the world. You’ll now be able to take advantage of Windows Azure VMs so all your mobile devices running SQL Server Compact can synchronize business data with SQL Server in the cloud.