Published Date : Jul 12, 2017
Microsoft, the world’s leading IT company, has launched a new service that enables customers to make use of its cloud technology on their personal servers. This development is a part of the IT giant’s efforts to refurbish its product portfolio in a bid to compete more efficiently with key rivals, including Google and Amazon. The leading software maker in the world is looking to gain a foothold among consumers, who cannot want to move all of their computing operations to the huge shared data centers, collectively called the cloud.
Judson Althoff, the executive vice president of the global commercial business of Microsoft, told that “the company’s ability to aid true hybrid solutions is the main differentiations, they have with Azure against their two prime rivals in the cloud platform space.” Azure, the cloud computing platform of Microsoft, is believed to be at the second position in the cloud computing space behind Amazon Web Services by most of the market share studies.
Lenovo Group, Dell EMC, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise are slated to deliver the equipment and new servers required to run the service. The firms will ship the first lot of the systems to their clients in September 2017.
Julia White, Corporate VP, Azure, told that the new service, named as Azure Stack, is intended to assist the businesses that want to uptake Azure but have explicit requirements for a local version of the software. “Azure Stack is just an extension of the primary software; it isn’t a replacement for the legacy private cloud,” she added.