With new servers, regions, an appliance, Microsoft kicks off another battle in cloud wars

Gigaom

In case things were unclear, Microsoft’s latest Azure moves — including big freaking cloud servers, a Dell-based appliance to facilitate hybrid Azure clouds, and new regional coverage in Australia — the public cloud battle has moved well beyond price cuts.

In a phone interview after Monday’s event, Microsoft EVP Scott Guthrie, said Azure’s new G instances are bigger and beefier than what Amazon or Google offer. And Azure’s roll-out in Australia — to come online next week — brings total Azure cloud regions to 19 worldwide, twice as many as Amazon and six times as many as Google, he said.

[company]Microsoft[/company], unlike [company]Google[/company] and [company]Amazon[/company], has a fairly strong hybrid cloud story which it bolstered with news of its Dell-based Microsoft Cloud Platform System.

Scott Guthrie Microsoft Structure 2014

CPS melds Azure, Windows Server and System Center to deliver an “Azure-consistent cloud in a box.” This is sort of “son of” the Azure enterprise appliance Microsoft announced four years ago with…

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