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The “VMware or Microsoft?” series mostly covers awesome articles written by my peers related to Private Cloud technologies, so I thought it might be a good to write about Microsoft’s Public Cloud technologies. Get full series here!

Microsoft’s Public Cloud 

I’ll start out by covering Microsoft's Public Cloud Computing Platform, but before I cover the details, let’s take a look at some statistics:

To Date - Outlook.com has over 400 million users with XBOX live serving 48 million users (come on - I know some VMware employees are gaming, come on you guys, you know who you are - playing Grand Theft Auto V, Gears Of War: Judgment and Battlefield 4?) maybe even dabbling in CRM online and Office 365.  I gave these stats just to give you an idea of the massive size of our datacenters for example, for XBOX One, is planned to launch with over 300,000 servers running XBOX Live in our global datacenter footprint. 

Click here to learn more about Microsoft’s Datacenters, ITPAC’s and the way containers are designed as well as understanding the green footprint concerning PUE’s (Power Usage Effectiveness). Noone fulfills the green initiatives for Datacenters better than Microsoft.

It’s important to note that Microsoft’s datacenters run these public workloads on Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V, Microsoft’s virtualization technology. What this means is that the Windows Azure Platform and Microsoft’s datacenters running Public Cloud services run on Hyper-V making Hyper-V the most widely deployed hypervisor in the world.  

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Cloud?  We’re all in.

Lately I’ve been spending a lot of time in Windows Azure provisioning Windows Server 2012 R2 VM’s and SharePoint Farms. There are many scenarios you can run in Windows Azure like DNS, ADFS and Azure Backup Online Service through Recovery Services - Backup Vault. With the Public Cloud we can also do virtual networking between the Public and Private Cloud (Hybrid) offerings.  At MMS 2013, David Tesar covered running Active Directory on a VM in Windows Azure, Windows Azure AD, the synchronization options between AD and Windows Azure AD, the Quickstart Guide, and a little bit at the end about running the full federation/SSO/AD FS infrastructure entirely on Windows Azure. These are great topics to cover when looking at Windows Azure.


To watch the Windows Azure and Active Directory Session – Click the circle!

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When it comes to Virtual Machine’s, Microsoft makes sure the vm’s are built to deliver on-demand, scalable compute infrastructure when you need to quickly provision resources. With Virtual Machines, you get your choice of Windows Server and Linux operating systems in multiple configurations on top of the trustworthy Windows Azure foundation.

Below is a screenshot of the Windows Azure Portal. In my portal I have a little bit of everything running such as virtual machines making a SharePoint Farm, Recovery Services – Backup Vault, WordPress with MySQL, as well as SQL and Oracle Databases.

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Below is a screenshot of the GALLERY where you can create workloads from the Image Gallery like Oracle running on Windows Server 2012.  

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Go to + NEW and create your VIRTUAL MACHINE on the fly, without the hardware procurement, provisioning and support requirements that hardware installation and setup entails.

You can then view the images in the GALLERY that are available for deployment.

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You can see Windows Server 2012 and other workloads that you can build out like SQL Server with Windows Server 2012 or  a SharePoint Server 2013 Farm.

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With 99.95% monthly SLA for multiple instances, Virtual Machines are ready to extend on-premises workloads to the cloud.  Microsoft SQL Server, SharePoint Server, BizTalk Server, and many more server applications are validated to run on Virtual Machines. Support for validated workloads is directly provided by Microsoft.  You can select one of the many direct support options here

Along with Microsoft technologies, there are other non-Microsoft platforms that you can configure like Oracle 12c Databases with Linux, OpenSUSE, SUSE Linux EEnterprise, Unbuntu, and Openlogic as seen below in the GALLERY.

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How about websites and other types of web applications?

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There’s no VMware in the portal, because they are a virtualization provider and not a developer of Operating Systems, Databases, Linux, or WordPress.

VMware’s Public Cloud -

VMware states that their offering is “Enterprise-Class Cloud. Delivered.” More than 250,000 customers worldwide trust VMware's proven, production ready technology in their datacenters.” I’m pretty sure they leveraging current Private Cloud/Virtualization market share, not Public Cloud hosting.  Should this be saying our (VMware’s} datacenters?

What I have been seeing is that while yes VMware vCloud Datacenter Services are being offered, however this requires VMware-certified service providers. Considering the support implications here, it might be wise to wait and see how this turns out.

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VMware states they can rely on VMware to deliver globally consistent enterprise-class cloud computing infrastructure services. Offered by VMware-certified service providers and built on proven VMware vCloud infrastructure technology, including vSphere, vCloud Director, and VMware vCloud Networking and Security, vCloud Datacenter Services that allow you to extend your datacenter to the cloud with confidence.

They also talk about linking VMware internal private cloud with public clouds ?, so you can manage them as a single hybrid environment and transfers workloads back and forth using vCloud Connector, and this is true, as long as it is VMware. Not sure what Public Clouds they are referring to, but I know they are referring to VMware technologies along with their Hosting/Service Providers.

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When I went to the main site I searched for Public Cloud Offerings and this is what I found -

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You decide - “VMware or Microsoft” for Public Cloud?

Check out Windows Azure -  http://aka.ms/try-azure

To reference the complete series on “VMware or Microsoft? Series” check out -  VMware or Microsoft? The Complete Series