Today in Cloud

It looks like I returned from vacation just in time to catch some serious cloud computing news, namely Microsoft’s decision to sell Azure-in-a-box to service providers, hardware vendors and large enterprises. It’s a smart move by Microsoft, which heretofore hasn’t had a true private cloud offering. Now, it has a legitimate proposition for large enterprises wanting a true cloud experience in-house. As Forrester’s James Staten points out, this could be a game-changer for enterprises afraid of the public cloud bogeyman. And let’s not forget about the MSPs and vendors: Microsoft’s partnership with Fujitsu, for example, will spread Windows Azure to users around the world without further data center investment by Microsoft. For service providers, this means a fully customizable cloud powered by a high-quality platform. Microsoft just upped its cloud appeal in a big way.