Microsoft Unveils Azure IaaS in Battle VS Amazon

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Microsoft on Tuesday expanded its Windows Azure cloud platform with the introduction of Infrastructure Services – something that puts the company in direct competition with Amazon Web Services.

Via the Windows Azure blog, the company’s Bill Hilf said the move “now makes it possible for customers to move applications into the cloud.”

The offering includes virtual machines along with Microsoft’s virtual network, something Microsoft says includes a “scalable on-demand infrastructure.”

“By listening to customer feedback, we learned a lot about the workloads you want to run. As part of our new Infrastructure Services release, we’ve added in new high memory VM instances (28GB/4 core and 56 GB/8 core) to run your most demanding workloads.  We also learned more about the apps you want to run so we’ve added in a number of new Microsoft validated instances to our list including SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk Server, and Dynamics NAV to name a few,” commented Hilf via the post.

Microsoft also directly cited AWS when announcing the move, saying it would match commodity offering prices from Amazon. Along with the announcement, Microsoft launched a free three month trial of Windows Azure.