Microsoft also is gifting some cloud magic to administrators with the Windows Azure Pack. The free add-on to Windows Server 2012 R2 comes with a user portal that replicates the Azure management environment. Corporate IT could build out a cloud fabric using Windows Server and System Center and then offer "cloud" services to business units and IT project managers and others through the portal, Schutz said.
"You get the look and feel of Windows Azure in your own data center," Schutz said. "Instead of the IT department taking requests for a new machine or a new application, the business unit can do that itself."
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