Aston Martin, builder of awesome sports cars, has been a Microsoft customer for years. Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of program management in Microsoft's Windows Server and System Center Group, even arrived to the keynote in style, "driving" one of the vehicles on stage.
While most people would love to own one of these luxury vehicles, the price tag puts it out of reach for most of us. In an effect to drive more attention to Windows Azure, Microsoft would like to give away a V8 Vantage Coupe to an MSDN subscriber. The rules of the contest are simple, and our worldwide readers will be happy to hear that the contest is open to almost everyone (excluding only Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria). So how do you win? Follow these three simple steps:
- Activate your Windows Azure MSDN benefit on the website
- Sign into the Windows Azure management portal and deploy one website or virtual machine
- Cross your fingers
Microsoft also has an interesting case study of how Aston Martin is using cloud technologies to improve their business functions. Specifically, the auto maker is leveraging Office 365 to provide their employees Office, email, conferencing and collaboration so that their IT staff can focus on initiatives that are core to their business. Messaging had always been a weak spot within the company, but with Office 365, they're now able to not only communicate internally, but also federate Lync with many of their supply partners to ensure easy communication.