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integrated to provide IT staff with visibility into potential issues in all areas of the IT infrastructure that may arise before they cause major outage.

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Flexibility for application development. For developers to most successfully leverage the features and benefits of both private and public clouds, there must

be new frameworks for application development that are as flexible as clouds themselves.

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Database. Cloud-based relational data services are important tools for leveraging the benefits of cloud computing.

OVERVIEW OF MICROSOFT PRIVATE CLOUD SOLUTIONS

Microsoft's Server and Cloud Computing Strategy

For decades, Microsoft has been a leader in providing on-premises technology to develop, deploy, and manage enterprise applications, enterprise databases, and operating system infrastructure. With its Hyper-V virtualization technology and System Center management tools and its more recent Windows Azure platform offering, Microsoft has established its presence as a provider of technology and services for cloud computing as well (see Figure 3).

FIGURE 3

Microsoft Cloud Computing Strategy: "Four Bridges"

Source: Microsoft, 2011

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