Yet emerging from the vapors, changes that will significantly alter the enterprise software landscape are coming into focus. One such clearing occurred in Washington D.C. Monday at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference. While the company’s intention to position its Azure platform as a general purpose cloud development standard are not exactly a secret, several significant announcements reinforced how intent the company is on making this a reality. Indeed, the addition of services giants Hewlett-Packard Co. and Dell Services (which acquired Perot Systems Corp. last year) underscore this point in a big way by introducing the platform to HP and Dell’s existing client base.
“By adopting the Windows Azure platform appliance, customers will have a clear path to adopt a proven cloud platform that integrates with their existing investments and expertise,” Bob Muglia, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. “The Windows Azure platform appliance will provide customers with a turnkey solution to address new business scenarios that require rapid scaling of applications and deliver services that are predictable, immediately consumable and more cost-effective.”
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