Windows Azure Infrastructure (IaaS) is Ready for Prime Time!
We just got an alert from Microsoft that Azure virtual machines and networks are generally available. If you're like us you've been testing out the VM capabilities for a while, but it's now production. We just put the finishing touches on a domain and SharePoint server farm all built on Azure VM's. After stumbling through it for a couple of weeks, we now have the process down and can spin up entire environments in a matter of hours. We'll be producing a white paper shortly to show you how it's done.
Here's the announcement with a few interesting links:
Infrastructure Services, Virtual Machines and Virtual Network, now are
Today is a major
milestone for Windows Azure and all of our customers and partners. We are
excited to announce
that Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Windows Azure Virtual Network now
are generally available. These new services make it possible for you to
move your applications into the cloud as is. We also want to update you on
a new price commitment we’ve made.
This announcement is a significant step in our cloud computing strategy,
which has been influenced directly by our discussions with customers and
partners around the world. One point holds true in every one of our
discussions with you - the cloud should be an enabler for innovation, and
an extension of your organization’s IT fabric, not just a fancier way to
describe cheap infrastructure and application hosting. This brief
video explains what we mean by extension of your organization’s
You’ve also told us that
you don’t want to have to choose either a low price or good performance;
you want a low price and good performance. That’s why 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