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Microsoft Azure gets an open source rival

Dec 16, 2011, 17:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Savio Rodrigues)

"With Microsoft's Windows Azure striving for greater relevance and adoption, a relatively unknown vendor, Tier 3, is providing a cloud alternative for Microsoft .Net applications. Tier 3 is using EMC VMware's open source code as the basis of its offering, which opens the door for direct competition between VMware and Microsoft for .Net cloud workloads in the future.

"My colleague J. Peter Bruzzese recently provided an update on new pricing, open source support, and a free trial of Windows Azure. Support for Node.js and Apache Hadoop for Azure are sure to attract developer attention. But whether the attention, and the free trial, will turn into paying users is an open question. That said, Azure remains the leading cloud destination for Microsoft development shops seeking a platform as a service offering. That'll change if Tier 3, and maybe VMware, has a say."

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