At the recent Parallels Summit, Bill Staples of Microsoft spoke at some length not only about the new suite of products that his company is developing for their SaaS model, but also their work on PaaS – which is still largely in its infancy. In addition, Staples spoke about the need to be a “rainmaker” in the new cloud environment and how he sees his company in the overall scope of the burgeoning virtual environment.
When asked, Staples said that he sees Microsoft as both a competitor and partner in the new virtual world. While items like Windows Azure and SQL Azure along with direct servers such as Office 365 are clearly competitors on the market, the company is also partnered with firms like Parallels in order to advance the cause of virtual technology as a whole. In this, Microsoft likes to play both sides of the fence – working to create the best new technology in the industry and then putting their own spin on it in order to viably compete in the marketplace.
Staples went on to speak about the use of the new Parallels Automation with Hyper-V cloud, which adds some much-needed functionality to the Hyper-V system. In the same segment, he spoke about Webmatrix, an in-development website creation product that is free and which he believes should be offered to a broad range of customers.
Microsoft appears to be taking the stance that they can both watch the rain and make it happen – they can partner with those seeding the clouds and seed a few themselves in order to make the most of the market. So far, they’ve been very successful in the VPS sphere and are looking to do the same in the new cloud.
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