Microsoft introduces Cloud OS Network with over 25 partners

In April, Microsoft announced a partnership with Cisco that offered enterprise customers a way to use Cisco's data centers with Microsoft's cloud services. Today, Microsoft announced what it calls the Cloud OS Network, which includes over 25 companies that have pledged to use Microsoft's cloud services in their systems.

In a post on Microsoft's blog, Takeshi Numoto, the company's Corporate Vice President for Cloud and Enterprise Marketing, described the benefits for customers that use one or more of its Cloud OS Network partners:

The members of the Cloud OS Network are leading service providers who will offer hybrid services that give customers greater flexibility and choice. By making a substantial commitment to the Microsoft Cloud Platform, they are able to deliver tailored infrastructure and application services that meet diverse customer needs. Customers will have greater choice in customization, data sovereignty, security, privacy and service levels.

The Cloud OS Network partners offer ways to use Microsoft's products such as Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack. There are already over 3 million customers who use these products in 90 countries, and the Cloud OS Network partners manage over 2.4 million servers in more than 425 datacenters. The list of companies that are a part of the network include Lenovo, Fujitsu and T-Systems but, oddly, not Cisco.

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Well I used to work for Outsourcery and just to explain what is going on here, these partners will host your private cloud in their data centre for services like Exchange, Lync Dynamics CRM and SharePoint. They are not a physical extension of Windows Azure.

BannanaNinja said,
Man that server to customer ratio. 2.4 : 3 will not scale well.

What the heck are you talking about? A customer does not equal one person, a single customer could be an organization with say 50,000 users. I think they should of listed users as opposed to customers, less confusing.

techbeck said,
Nice, but cannot use cloud storage where I work.
this it's way more than cloud storage, this is vps,cloud based clustering,load balancing,etc..

corrosive23 said,
this it's way more than cloud storage, this is vps,cloud based clustering,load balancing,etc..

I know, still cannot use it. We have systems that cannot be on any network and are standalone.

techbeck said,

I know, still cannot use it. We have systems that cannot be on any network and are standalone.

And in this day and age, you think that you're a common occourance? Most businesses are heading towards the cloud, the ones that aren't will be left in the dust. Be it someone else's cloud or your own.

Kushan said,

And in this day and age, you think that you're a common occourance?

Nope, nor did I imply it was. Why I used "we" and "I" and "my work" I wish we could use more cloud based services, but we cannot do so.

And we have national security reasons why we have to keep hings off a network and/or the cloud. Has nothing to do with getting with the times or being left in the dust.

techbeck said,
Nope, nor did I imply it was. Why I used "we" and "I" and "my work" I wish we could use more cloud based services, but we cannot do so.

And we have national security reasons why we have to keep hings off a network and/or the cloud. Has nothing to do with getting with the times or being left in the dust.

I think we all realize that "the cloud" is not the end-all, be-all answer to everyone and every situation. With that in mind, I'm not sure exactly what it is you were trying to contribute with your initial post.

Whats hard to understand? I said Nice meaning I liked it. Then said we cannot use it at work meaning I wont get a chance to use it at work.

azure and MSFT's cloud pretty much runs circles around google's cloud compute, but still, it will take more than this to beat amazon. Azure pricing needs to come down below amazon, not just matching it.

Azure is way ahead of anything Amazon or Google has to offer and price matching is more than enough from a competitive standpoint.

Azure is much more user friendlier than amazon, it has pay per minute , real time adjustable Server Power use plus it supports all major Server OSes such as Cent OS and others.