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Early adopter spells out Microsoft Azure’s strengths and shortcomings

Jon Brodkin | Feb. 1, 2011
Few people know Windows Azure as well as Joannes Vermorel. Here’s his take on Microsoft’s cloud platform.

Microsoft is taking customer feedback seriously and expects to keep improving Windows Azure, says Amy Barzdukas, general manager of server and tools marketing for Microsoft.

"I think that generally speaking we are very serious about taking customer feedback and continuing to iterate," she says. "We are constantly looking at the pricing models just as we are with the feature sets."

Microsoft has released numerous improvements over the first year, including the ability to host Windows Server instances, and high-performance computing capabilities.

To promote the 1-year anniversary of Azure, Microsoft is issuing a press release touting customers T-Mobile USA, and Xerox (XRX). T-Mobile used Azure to create a mobile software application called Family Room, while Travelocity opted for Azure for an analysis tracking system that helps improve its website's functionality and capacity, and Xerox build its Cloud Print service on top of Azure.

"What we're seeing with these customers, is they're turning to Microsoft for speed, ease and familiarity," Barzdukas says.


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