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Provi ding a Buy Ver su s Build O pt ion f o r Private Cloud Compu ting Infra structu re

By offering Windows Azure as an appliance, rather than restricting Windows Azure to services provided out of Microsoft's datacenter, Microsoft is making it easier for service providers and enterprises to deploy private clouds. Instead of having to integrate the piece parts, organizations can simply purchase a package of

preconfigured, pretested server, storage, network, and management tools. This allows the service provider or enterprise to focus on its core business and not have to worry about assembling and integrating the necessary components to build a cloud infrastructure on its own.

While service providers, government agencies, and large businesses will be the initial target market for this offering, small to medium-sized businesses are an eventual target as well.

Benefits of the Microsoft Approach

Some of the benefits of the Microsoft approach to providing cloud computing technologies with Hyper-V Cloud, Windows Azure platform, and the Windows Azure platform appliance are as follows:

` Streamline deployment of private cloud infrastructure. Service providers and enterprises looking to deploy private cloud infrastructures no longer need to validate the necessary hardware, software, and networking components out of

piece parts.

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Manage both public cloud and private cloud from a single platform. Microsoft System Center enables customers to manage their applications end to end, from the physical hardware, to the VM, to the application, whether it runs on a private cloud in their datacenter or on Windows Azure.

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Leverage existing investments. With Hyper-V Cloud and Windows Azure platform offerings, customers can build on existing Microsoft investments and skill sets, including application development, database management, and heterogeneous hypervisor and operating system management.

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W Leverage both private cloud and public cloud capabilities to best suit customers' needs. With a common development and management platform, applications can be written to leverage the cloud platform that best meets the needs of the business. For instance, a customer-facing front end could reside on i n d o w s A z u r e , w i t h t h e c o r e S Q L S e r v e r d a t a b a s e r u n n i n g o n a p r i v a t e c l o u d

on-premises.

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Automate management of cloud infrastructure. Customers can move to a more automated infrastructure and reduce time spent on dealing with day-to-day infrastructure issues such as provisioning VMs or workload balancing. Windows Azure platform appliance acts as an automation orchestration layer that takes care of management of the entire management infrastructure that is deployed via the fabric controller. System Center and Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track offerings optimize deployments to increase automation and reduce management overhead.

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