Recently at the last annual Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft introduced the Windows Azure Platform Appliance.
Microsoft is proudly partnering with Dell, eBay, HP and Fujitsu on this project.
The new Windows Azure platform appliance, which is being rolled out in phases and it combines Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure with Microsoft-specified hardware, which will enable on-demand IT capacity and faster delivery of new applications through the cloud.
Large enterprises and service providers deploying the appliance in their datacenters can tap the cloud services that Microsoft offers today while maintaining physical control of location, regulatory compliance and data.
Also discussed were some new details on their “Dallas” project an information service powered by the Windows Azure platform that provides developers and information workers access to third-party premium data sets and Web services.
It was further said that the release candidate of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal 2.0, along with the Microsoft Management and Virtualization Solution Incentive and the Private Cloud Deployment Kit, which offers financial rewards and guidance to partners as they build virtualization and private cloud solutions.
Microsoft also announced the first beta release of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 along with Windows Server 2008 R2 Service pack 1 as well as the second public beta of Windows Intune that uses both Windows cloud services and Windows 7 to manage and help secure PCs.