Speaking at the recent Microsoft Professional Developer Conference, Bob Muglia, president of Microsoft’s business and tools division, detailed the company’s process of delivering infrastructure for every aspect of the cloud through virtual servers.
The process begins with SaaS, the most commonly deployed cloud service. To provide SaaS to consumers, Microsoft plans to use its recently announced Office 365 platform, allowing users to access productivity software through a scalable, pay-per-use model.
Muglia also explained the potential for IaaS deployment through the Microsoft Server platform. Microsoft Server is often used to provide foundational architecture in a hosted virtual server environment.
Most notable, however, is Microsoft's interest in using Windows Azure to provide a PaaS solution in virtual environments. PaaS cloud offerings are relatively rare, but with Azure, virtual server hosting services using Microsoft Hyper-V as the backbone of their server environments can deploy increased features for customization in a user-friendly environment.
Overall, Muglia noted, Azure could revolutionize the virtual server hosting industry, as it gives providers increased control over the types of programing languages, infrastructure models and management tools that can be used in the data center.