At WPC, Microsoft said that "Dell intends to use the "Windows Azure platform appliance," as a part of its Dell Services Cloud to develop and deliver next-gen cloud services for Dell and its enterprise, public, SMBs customers. Dell will also work with Microsoft to develop a Dell-powered Azure platform appliance for enterprise organizations to run in their datacenters."
Dell and Microsoft will "deliver an appliance to power a Dell platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Cloud. Dell Data Center Solutions (DCS) has been working with Microsoft to build out and power Azure platform since its launch. Dell will leverage the insight it has gained as a primary infrastructure partner for Azure platform to ensure that Dell-powered Azure platform appliance is optimized for power and space to save ongoing operating costs, and performance of high-scale cloud services."