At the recent TechEd North America 2011 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft execs spoke about how to manage and deploy, as well as scale applications for new cloud and virtualization services. Keynote speaker Robert Wahbe, who is the corporate VP of the Server and Tools Marketing Group at Microsoft, spoke about how the move to the cloud is only getting easier as more and more companies trend toward virtualization, which many see as a first step for companies that are interested in the cloud but unsure of what it will mean for their business.
According to Wahbe, the move to virtualization is setting up the industry for a situation in which there will be a “much bigger inflection point” – in other words, the cloud is the next stop on the virtual railroad, one that more and more companies are getting on board with as the technology both broadens and deepens.
Both HSBC and Travelocity.com are currently using cloud solutions provided by Microsoft, solutions that fall into both public and private categories. Microsoft had initially focused on developing public clouds, but many corporations balked at the amount of control that the provider would have over their data, as well as concerns about being just another face in the crowd. Now, Microsoft is expanding its offerings in order to better serve companies by developing private and hybrid solutions as well.
The Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program offered by Microsoft now gives companies the ability to receive an array of predefined, validated configurations to speed up cloud deployment. New options for not only public but private clouds are something that Microsoft hopes will position them well in the new and growing cloud market space as more and more businesses make the leap.