Microsoft launches Cloud OS Network, boosts hybrid options

Microsoft has announced the Cloud OS Network, a global group of over 25 cloud service providers who will deliver services on the Microsoft cloud platform.

The providers include the likes of CGI, Dimension Data and NTTX, and is a concerted play from Microsoft to enable more usage of its Windows Azure infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

“This announcement represents important progress against our goals and strategy for Cloud OS,” Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft cloud and enterprise marketing corporate VP thundered in a blog post, adding: “More importantly, it is great news for enterprise customers across the globe.”

The partnering companies cover all four corners of the globe, from Capita in the UK to SingTel in Singapore and Revera in New Zealand, operating overall in more than 90 countries, with 425 data centres and over three million customers.

The news also promotes Microsoft’s vision of hybrid cloud being the future.

“Our investment and commitment to Azure as a global cloud platform is enormous,” wrote Numoto. “But so if our belief in hybrid cloud and that there are going to be many, many clouds around the world due to the tremendous variety of customers and needs.

“The Cloud OS Network and our partnerships with its members demonstrate our focus on providing choice and flexibility to customers; and it’s all based around the promise of the three connected clouds – private, public and service provider,” he added.

Microsoft released a research report back in May saying that the next two years would be the “era of the hybrid cloud”, and they’re trying to back it up with this release. But Redmond isn’t the only big name to say this: research from SAP in July noted that for three quarters of hybrid cloud users, their IT processes were less complex having migrated; whilst in August a Rackspace survey claimed that hybrid cloud was the future for three in five enterprises.

Expect 2014 to be a year where CSPs and vendors back up the talk and hype around hybrid cloud with solid figures, with Microsoft aiming for the summit. With Kara Swisher, writing for AllThingsD, advocating VMWare’s Pat Gelsinger as her new “dark horse” pick to succeed Steve Ballmer at Redmond HQ, it could give Microsoft the impetus to seriously challenge Amazon in the IaaS game.

The full list of partners can be found here. What do you make of this news?

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