Microsoft told partners attending its Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto Tuesday that the software giant will be providing them with the services and tools they need to build more flexible cloud -based services for their customers -- including branded clouds.
The seamlessly interrelated technologies rolled into the community technology preview, or CTP, unveiled by Microsoft promises to enable hosting service providers to use their own Windows Server data centers to deliver capabilities similar to Microsoft's Windows Azure platform.
"We've taken everything that we've learned from running data centers and services at a global scale to usher in the new era of the Cloud OS," said Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft's server and tools business. "Microsoft offers partners modern yet familiar technology to meet customer demand on their path to the cloud."
Microsoft's Windows Azure, Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 platforms collectively deliver the requisite Cloud OS components for scaling a standard unit of hardware abstraction all the way up to the equivalent of an entire data center that can be managed from a single, consistent interface.
"With Windows Azure, System Center and Windows Server 2012, we are delivering the ultimate cloud OS," said Jeff Woolsey, Microsoft's principal program manager for Windows Server and Cloud.
Going After VMware's Customers
Through its Switch to Hyper-V program, Microsoft clearly intended to steal customers from virtualization technology provider VMware. During his WDC presentation Tuesday, for example, Woolsey showed how CTP can outperform VMware's virtual machines.
"The guys at VMware claim that they can deliver a maximum of 300,000 IOPS from a single virtual machine," Woolsey noted. "We're delivering over 1 million IOPS from a single virtual machine. That's over three times VMware, and folks, I'm just getting warmed up."
What's more, the new offloaded data transfer (ODX) technology built into Windows Server 2012 will enable customers to copy huge files without causing a spike in network utilization. Using ODX storage, Woolsey copied a 10GB file in 10 seconds flat during his WPC presentation. (continued...)