Posted by Kerry Godes
Senior Manager, Worldwide Marketing and Operations

A lot of news is coming out of the annual Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto this week, including the announcement of a community technology preview that enables hosting service providers to use their Windows Server 2012 data centers to tap into recently announced Microsoft cloud services like Windows Azure Web Sites and Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

This preview allows hosting service providers to easily deliver high density website hosting and “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS) scenarios in a Windows Server-based environment and deliver a consistent customer experience across cloud platforms. For example, hosting service providers who want to take advantage of System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 can now easily provision and manage Windows Server and Linux virtual machines.  This flexible multi-tenant solution puts providers’ customers in control of how they grow their datacenter resources while lowering support costs.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley offers a recap of the news, which you can read here.  You can get started with the technical preview here