This only makes since as Microsoft will be able to leverage the improvements in Hyper-V to provide a stronger back end for their own IaaS Cloud offering. If successful they could potential challenge VMWare (or VMLimited as they call it) in the private/public cloud strategy. The ability to move from a private Hyper-V cloud to a Microsoft hosted instance will be compelling.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Google (s goog) is hard at work on a cloud computing offering that will compete directly with the popular Amazon EC2 (s amzn) cloud, according to a source familiar with Google’s plans. Not to be outdone, other sources have confirmed Microsoft is also building an Infrastructure as a Service platform, and that the Redmond cloud will be ready — or at least announced — before Google’s. According to my sources, Google should roll out its service for renting virtual server instances by the end of the year, while Microsoft is slating its big announcement for a June 7 event in San Francisco.
Although Google declined to comment on whether the offering is indeed on the way, an IaaS cloud would make a lot of sense for the company. It already has a popular platform-as-a-service offering in App Engine that is essentially a cloud-based application runtime, but renting virtual servers…
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