Microsoft’s plan to bridge its infrastructure and platform cloud services is unfolding

February 14, 2017 Off By Hoofer
Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Mary Jo Foley

Two years ago, Microsoft officials began talking up the company’s plan to bring a bunch of Azure platform-as-a-service capabilities to the infrastructure-as-a-service side of the Microsoft Azure cloud.

In March 2016, Microsoft rolled out one piece of this strategy via its delivery of Virtual Machine Scale Sets. Virtual Machine Scale Sets allow users to create thousands of identical virtual machines so as to be able to scale big compute and big data applications quickly.

Microsoft’s motto for Virtual Machine Scale Sets: "Control it like IaaS, scale it like PaaS."

Last week, Microsoft added a couple more pieces to its "PaaS bridge on its IaaS VMs" strategy with the announcement of support for larger Virtual Machine Scale Sets. Officials also announced general availability of Managed Disks, which bring PaaS-like storage management to those running Azure VMs.

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