(The Hosting News) – Microsoft appears ready to take on Amazon Web Services in the area of IaaS cloud hosting. On Tuesday, the Windows-maker unveiled Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, something the company says “makes it possible for customers to move applications into the cloud.”
Microsoft’s Bill Hilf made the announcement via the company’s Windows Azure blog.
The company said customers wanting factors such as “low price” and “good performance” combined played a role in launching the service. Microsoft also directly cited AWS in the announcement – saying it would match Amazon’s prices on commodity offerings.
“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 blog post.
To push the new offering, Microsoft announced that a free three month trial of Windows Azure is available. If interested, visit: https://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/?WT.mc_id=cmp_pst001_blg_post0251