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29 October 2013

Is Microsoft's hybrid cloud a better choice compared to VMware?

Windows Server 2012 R2, the next iteration of Microsoft's server operating system is now available, but should organisations upgrade? The company has positioned the new OS as a way for enterprises to run private and public clouds. With Windows Server 2013 R2, Microsoft is aiming to make it easy for IT departments to deploy applications on-premise, within a private cloud or on the company's Azure cloud. It represents a major step forward for the software giant, which is competing with VMware in the private cloud and Azure for public cloud deployments. Windows Server 2012 R2 uses the same version of its hypervisor software, Hyper-V, as Windows Azure, which could enable Microsoft to provide a high level of consistency between in-house Windows servers and cloud-based deployments on Azure. In a blog post describing the company's hybrid cloud strategy, Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft, wrote: “We are also delivering hybrid solutions that help enterprises build their own clouds with ...

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