Web hosting provider and long-time Microsoft partner Applied Innovations announced on Monday that it has launched a hosted test environment to enable developers to evaluate Windows Server 2012 Beta cloud servers running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
Applied Innovations is offering cloud servers built on Windows Server 2012 beta for $39.95 per month, a significant discount from its standard $69.95 monthly charge for cloud servers based on Windows Server.
More than just Windows Server 2012 Beta hosting, Applied Innovations says it is the first hosting provider to offer “a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V cloud running as a high availability cluster of multiple servers all running Windows Server 2012 beta and hosting cloud servers running Windows Servers 2012 beta.”
An established Microsoft partner, and a Windows web hosting business exclusively, Applied Innovations has taken on an active role in testing and rolling out new technologies around the Microsoft Stack. The company launched a formal testing program called Applied I Labs, back in 2010, and has been involved in the launch of Microsoft technologies and programs such as Website Spark.
In 2009, Applied Innovations was one of the first hosting providers to launch a cloud server offering using Windows Server Hyper-V. And in several comments and posts, the company’s CEO has explained the value Applied Innovations has seen from being active in Microsoft’s network of partners.
“For several years now Applied Innovations has worked closely with Microsoft around the Windows Server platform,” wrote Applied Innovations CEO Jess Coburn in a blog post related to the new Windows Server 2012 beta project. “As a cloud services [and] hosting provider that delivers solutions solely on the Windows Server platform, it only makes sense.”
In the press release announcing the launch of the Windows Server 2012 Beta project, Applied Innovations says the intent of the offering is to enable customers to familiarize themselves with the performance and operation of the platform relative to real-world scenarios, including serving web workloads, database workloads and disaster recovery.
In a post to his personal blog following the Microsoft Hosting Summit in Seattle, Coburn calls Windows Server 2012 the very positive result of some feedback from Microsoft hosting partners, and that Applied Innovations has been fortunate enough to deliver some of that feedback to Microsoft.
“I believe any partner should work to understand their customer, their customer’s business, the pains of their customer and what the customer requires to succeed. Then it’s up to the partner to deliver a solution that ultimately helps the customer become more successful online,” writes Coburn. “I believe Microsoft today shares much of that same principle and this is shown in with Windows Server 2012.”
Coburn’s post includes several specific references to improvements he feels were partly the results of his company’s feedback. Among them are increased scalability and the extensible virtual switch in Hyper-V, as well as certain security improvements and the ability to throttle specific customers in IIS 8.
Talk back: Are you interested in what Windows Server 2012 and the other new Windows platform components might enable for hosting providers? Do you look to implement new technologies early? Do your customers expect that? Have you had good experiences working with any of your suppliers to help shape their products?