Swedish Cloud Provider to Beta Test Windows Azure Pack

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Swedish cloud provider Ipeer announced Thursday that it will be one of five companies to beta test Windows Azure Pack. A new APS package for Parallels Automation will be used to deliver the Azure Pack technology.

Windows Azure Pack is a collection of Azure technologies for enterprise and service provider data centers, and was announced in October.

Ipeer plans to launch its Azure solution by mid-January 2014, offering hosted public and hybrid clouds with the enterprise functionality and flexibility of Windows Azure. While Ipeer will offer the Azure-consistent services from its own data center, customers will easily be able to migrate machines between clouds and extend their own data centers into them.

“The future of cloud hosting is not one-size fits-all but rather one where corporate clients will want to choose between optimized software and hardware, vendor sizes, location, SLA and pricing, and move between providers,” said Ipeer CEO Johan Hedlund.

The new Azure Pack is based on the recently updated Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 data center software. The Azure Pack was designed to inherently meet the scale and performance requirements customers will require, by drawing on Windows Azure public cloud code for many of its services.

“Windows Azure Pack provides multi-tenant, self-service cloud functionality that works on top of existing software and hardware investments,” said Eugene Saburi, general manager, Product Marketing, Microsoft. “We are pleased that Ipeer is taking advantage of Windows Azure Pack to deliver a flexible and familiar self-service provisioning and infrastructure management experience to its customers.”

By offering Windows Azure pack with Parallels technology, Ipeer can provide hosted data center customers with an IaaS solution which is unique among Scandanavian cloud hosts.

Microsoft has been busily releasing products, updates, and price cuts related to its cloud computing platform as the software giant attempts to position itself at the head of the enterprise cloud market. A failure of Azure’s swap deployment feature last month puts additional pressure on the beta testing and roll-out phases of Azure Pack to maintain customer confidence.

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