Thursday, March 10, 2016

Private, Public, or Simply Hybrid - A Closer Look into Microsoft's View & Strategy on Cloud

Microsoft's Cloud provides critical tools for connecting together Microsoft-powered private clouds and Microsoft Azure public clouds with third party service Clouds. One of the prominent Cloud service providers at present, Microsoft has established its own distinctive view on its unique Cloud offering and its composition. In this regard, it would be right to mention that having multiple options in respect to the location of your Cloud services offers a new level of agility - though there is an exception to this fact as all organizations do not desire it.

In cases where absolute control over data & data compliance is needed, you may create your Private Cloud with help of Windows Server 2016 & Microsoft System Center; it is one of the biggest leverages Microsoft provides. Organizations looking for a completely public cloud infrastructure by deploying virtual machines may look forward to Azure as it also allows for easily adding capabilities as required like the ones Hadoop provides.
Cloud service providers at present are willing to offer precisely what their enterprise customers are looking for. Be it your willingness to adopt the public cloud approach or the private one or simply a blend of the two, these service providers are almost on their toes to deliver the customization you need to keep up with the demand. For example, if you require a particular server in play, you can look forward to some service provider that allows such customization without requiring you to make any installation on-premises.
If you have been looking for the correct blend of private & public cloud, and third-party services; then Windows Azure Pack is perfect to go for as it easily plugs into Windows Server, Azure, and System Center while maintaining the Azure experience constant. However, just like there are limitations with everything, Windows Azure Pack is not an exception. As per the customers who have used it, Azure Pack is almost like Azure but not exactly Azure and this is where they want a change. Such demand has aroused as customers are willing to use the same APIs for on-premises servers as well as Azure public cloud.

It seems like Microsoft has revamped its strategy with Azure Pack so that its customers can get precisely what they have been looking for. Azure Stack is a live example of the same as it allows having one single platform for developers, thus avoiding any change of code between on-premises and Cloud.

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