How Microsoft’s Azure IaaS offering stacks up against the major players
Ever since Microsoft launched the Windows Azure platform-as-a-service, and even more so after the 2010 announcement of infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, people have been wondering when they would come out with a public cloud offering that more closely matches those of its main competitors in the IaaS space – namely Amazon and Rackspace. The wait is finally over. Infrastructure-grade virtual machines are finally available on Windows Azure.
This is probably the most exciting part of the cloud to be in, since it’s not only where the competition is heating up, but is also the first thing everyone thinks about when talking of cloud computing. This, then, is the place to be in order to be noticed. But there is another advantage to being in this bottom of the cloud stack: customers that are already running on Microsoft’s public cloud infrastructure can be moved more easily to the public cloud platform, which was the original vision behind Azure.
Earlier this year, I reviewed the (at that time) top 11 infrastructure-as-a-service providers that had public cloud offerings. At that time, I chose not to include Microsoft in the comparison due to the peculiarities of its offerings, which made it very hard to match the feature sets. But now, with a similar offering on the table, I naturally wondered how this offering would have fared
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