Rackspace talks private Azure – 07/16/2010

hosting giant Rackspace could be among the first to deliver private versions of Microsoft’s Azure cloud, free of Redmond’s control.

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Rackspace has had discussions with Microsoft to run Azure in its own data centers, the company’s told The Reg.

Already a Microsoft hosting and cloud partner, Rackspace believes the world is too big and too complicated with different security standards and regional requirements for Microsoft to deliver everything on its own.

Microsoft this week announced the Windows Azure Platform Appliance containing Windows Azure compute and SQL Azure storage.

Rackspace chief technology officer John Engates told us: “I think it’s a great idea to allow private versions of Azure because realistically, Microsoft can’t run all the world’s IT in its own data centers.”

He added: “If and when we get strong demand for Azure in our datacenter, we’ll certainly consider offering it.”

The service provider also believes it’s got the experience in hosting and .NET to make Azure usable and to help ease customers concerns over the newness of the architecture – most, for example, won’t even know what SQL Azure is or be willing to commit at this stage..