Day 2, Worldwide Partner Conference 2012 (WPC), Microsoft announced new training, tools and programs that enable hosting services providers to deliver compelling new cloud services to their customers.
Fist up, a community technology preview (CTP) of new technologies, bringing Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, the Service Management Portal and API to Windows Server, enabling Hosting Service Providers to easily deliver high density website hosting and Infrastructure as a Service scenarios in a Windows Server-based environment.
With the new CTP, hosting service providers can offer customers turnkey cloud services, including high-scale websites and virtual machine hosting with an extensible self-service portal experience. "These capabilities, which run on Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center 2012, will offer hosting providers some of the same experiences and services recently announced by Windows Azure," Microsoft stated.
To enable the Virtual Machines IaaS scenarios:
- Download System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 VHD.
- Download System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 - Service Provider Foundation Update for Service Management API (SPF).
- Install and configure SPF per the deployment guide.
More information can be found here.
Second, a new program announced today called "Switch to Hyper-V", gives partners guidance, training and software tools to help customers transition from VMware's virtual infrastructure to Microsoft's cloud infrastructure.
In addition, in a keynote that further reinforced how Microsoft is working with its partners to transform businesses throughout the world, Microsoft Business Solutions President Kirill Tatarinov highlighted, "Microsoft brings together technologies in a way that no other company can match," Tatarinov said.
"Microsoft Dynamics takes full advantage of the amazing innovations Microsoft is delivering, and we're actively supporting our partners in developing and delivering a complete, modern, flexible and cloud-based business solution to grow their businesses. There's never been a better moment to be a Microsoft Dynamics partner."
Microsoft also announced new global independent software vendors that are choosing or extending their solutions across Microsoft Dynamics.
Other keynotes included the following news and momentum updates from Microsoft senior executives:
- Thom Gruhler, corporate vice president of Windows Phone Marketing, took the stage to demo Windows Phone 8 and highlight that "Windows Phone is now a true extension of the Windows that 1 billion users worldwide know and use today."
- Laura Ipsen, corporate vice president of Worldwide Public Sector, provided an overview of Microsoft's National Plan and citizenship efforts, including empowering youth and driving societal change through the proliferation of Microsoft technology.