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Microsoft Partners To Extend Azure Reach

Like VMware, Microsoft looks to a set of partners to build out Azure-compatible cloud services and offer them on a regional basis.

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cbabcock
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12/17/2013 | 3:06:14 PM
Implementation of Azure, on-premises and off, still to come
Intuitively, I think Microsoft's cloud growth is still in front of it. It's got a big customer base that's been waiting for it to simplify cloud computing -- and support it. Until April, Azure public IaaS was in developer oreview, not a generally available and supported service. it's also got a presence in China.
Stratustician
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12/15/2013 | 8:52:49 PM
A little bit of this, a little bit of that
I absolutely agree on the NSA angle, partnering instead of building proprietary will definitely give a bit of an advantage.  But I'm really curious as to whether there is really that much demand for Azure based clouds.  When you look at AWS, VMware and OpenStack, is there really that much interest in Azure.  I get the license pricing advantage over VMware, but what other key benefit would make it a better option for organizations, especially on a global scale, that would warrant such a huge investment in Azure environments?
PaulS681
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12/14/2013 | 6:22:07 PM
Re: Is this a matter of trust in the wake of the NSA debacle?
Interesting take on this Chris... So what kind of proof do you need when your data is on the cloud?
ChrisMurphy
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12/13/2013 | 10:33:56 PM
Re: Is this a matter of trust in the wake of the NSA debacle?
The conversations I have had about this the issue always comes down to being auditable -- can you prove where your data is? Less a perception issue and more a proof issue. 
D. Henschen
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12/13/2013 | 4:48:13 PM
Is this a matter of trust in the wake of the NSA debacle?
Given all the headlines about U.S. based businesses losing business abroad due to NSA snooping, I'm wondering if one of Microsoft's motivations for partnering rather than building its own data centers is to provide an extra layer of separation (real or perceived) from the U.S. Government. Would-be customers in Europe, for example, would be able to say their data is housed at a TeleComputing data center, for example, rather than describing it as "a Microsoft Azure regional data center."

 
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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12/13/2013 | 1:38:46 PM
About those other Microsoft partners...
Like CSC, there a few big names on the partner list. Lenovo, Capgemini, CGI, Fujitsu, Dimension Data, OVH.com and T-Systems (think T-Mobile). There's SingTel, another VMware cloud partner reaching out to the competition. Then there's alog, aruba.it, Capita, Doruknet, iWeb, Nttx, Outsourcery, Revera, Sogeti, Tieto, Triple Cloud, Digilink and Wortman AG.
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