Microsoft has made great strides in facilitating hybrid cloud management. As I wrote last month, the key to cloud management is the ability for channel partners to manage multiple clouds. This is an area where VMware still has a lot of work to do since its vCloud suite only supports the VMware platform.
In contrast, Microsoft has enabled an ecosystem of partners to develop plugins and extension to its Systems Center product, which enables visibility across any cloud platform. Once you can see, you can manage, and once you can manage, you can recommend and consume. […]
Microsoft is clearly serious about the virtualization space, and its support of cross-hypervisor solutions goes right to the heart of cloud management.
A big promise underlying this look ahead is the idea of a consistent environment across clouds for both IT Pros and Developers. This is an area where Microsoft is incredibly unique : The seamless environment that we deliver today is something that has been refined after years of operation and investment in both Windows Azure and private/hosted clouds. To give you an idea of Azure’s continued growth, consider these figures:
This kind of promise is rare in the industry, and it makes the work we’re doing with our customers incredibly exciting.
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