Microsoft Plans to Kickstart Azure Stack in 2017

This new Azure stack would be a comprehensive cloud solution for the business partners that will include hardware, software, services and support all together.

Microsoft kickstarts Azure  During the Worldwide Partners Conference WPC 2016, Microsoft Corporation announced that the company is strictly focusing on the mid of 2017 for the release of the Microsoft Azure stack to strengthen the partnerships on the comprehensive cloud solutions. The WPC 2016 conference is being held by the software giant in Toronto, Canada from 10 to 14 July 2016. It is high profile meet of all partners associated with the Microsoft Corporation.

It was further informed about the Azure platform in the conference that many partners, like HPE, Lenovo and Dell will integrate the Azure stack into their systems to speed up the implementation and adoption of the stack. The customers who are planning to utilize these systems of the partners will be given higher priority to increase value in the cloud services.

It is very important to note that the announcement to initiate a comprehensive Azure Stack was made in the Ignite Conference, which was held last year. The new system focuses on the great value for the partners by helping realize the real power of the cloud services while maintaining the high level of controls over the data centers to get full agility of hybrid cloud computing.

While talking about this new platform, the senior director cloud platform and product marketing, Mark Jewett said, “Partners and a rich ecosystem are critical to delivering on the promise of Azure Stack. Here at WPC, it is exciting to see how the industry is responding to customer interest and contributing to the promise of Azure Stack.”

“Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the creation of an expanding inventory of applications and solutions that customers and partners can use invest in and build with the confidence their investments will work in any Azure or Azure Stack cloud” he further maintained.

It is very imperative to note that Microsoft is already in partnership with many leaders in the field, such as Chef, Bitnami, Red Hat, SUSE, Dockers and others to realize the dream project for cloud services.

In his statement, the COO of Bitnami, Mr. Erica Brescia said, “As the provider of over 100 open source server applications for Microsoft Azure, Bitnami has worked closely with Microsoft to ensure that software development and deployment in the cloud is easy, secure, and kept up-to-date.”

Web Hosting Provider, midPhase, Debuts New Dedicated Servers, with SoftLayer

New dedicated servers are being offered through a partnership between on-demand, dedicated web hosting solutions firm, SoftLayer, and midPhase web hosting provider.

US web host midPhase Service, with SoftLayer Technologies, has launched a new range of midPhase dedicated servers, as an expansion of the midPhase portfolio to offer existing and new customers the complete web hosting line up.

Marc Bollinger, General Manager of midPhase noted, ”Everyone at midPhase has been working really hard to refresh our portfolio, to offer customers more robust and unique offerings. We think these new dedicated servers are a fantastic addition and will be very successful. We are also extremely happy to announce this unique partnership with SoftLayer which has already combined the strengths of both companies to bring a solid product to the table.”

The new dedicated servers use the latest server technology and offer customers a fantastic deal, with the entry level server starting at just $199 per month, with free set up. All dedicated servers come with the choice of Linux or Windows operating systems and control panels (including cPanel and Plesk), 24 / 7 support, include a whopping 10TB of bandwidth per month as standard, and free, unlimited SSLs.

Standardized dedicated hosting, service oriented architectures, infrastructure management systems, on-demand hosting solutions, remote management solutions, virtualized datacenter management, among other things.

SoftLayer offers customers world-class datacenter capabilities including the most advanced services, management convenience, and administration features ever assembled to manage the outsourced IT environment.

Earlier this month, SoftLayer expanded its data warehouse capacity, while improving its backend system performance with service oriented architecture (SOA), by adding an application layer processing cluster. The data warehouse expansion included the installation of multi-petabyte storage arrays from EqualLogix (now Dell) in its Dallas, Seattle, and, when launched, Washington D.C. facilities to serve as the backend data storage powering all of SoftLayer’s on-demand service offerings. Servers from SuperMicro provide the processing power for the new SOA infrastructure. Together, these improvements have been engaged to accelerate deployment of new features and increase performance for all SoftLayer customers (whether they use the SoftLayer Application Programming Interface (API) or the SoftLayer Portal to manage hosted IT infrastructure) and allow the company to maintain its leadership in bringing new products and services to market.

SoftLayer used industry-standard best-practices to create its SOA to deliver on the architectural style’s two fundamental concepts: – Enable a set of simple, ubiquitous, and open communication interfaces – Deliver data using an open schema (e.g. XML) through the interfaces SoftLayer’s SOA allows data to be captured, processed, and presented to users in a form chosen by the system administrator, delivering on the company’s commitment to give customers total control. The architecture is highly scalable, with the capacity to process millions of transactions per hour across thousands of physical and virtual servers, as well as with any number of related services.

midPhase Services provides budget, reseller, VPS, and dedicated hosting solutions to clients worldwide through its family of brands:,, and midPhase operates its services out of downtown Chicago in a state of the art Cimco datacenter. midPhase Services is part of the UK-2 Group, a major player in the hosting industry

Located in the INFOMART in Dallas, Texas, SoftLayer was formed in June 2005 by a team of industry executives seeking to deliver low cost next generation on-demand hosting services for the small to medium enterprise (SME). Utilizing proprietary software, coupled with the industry’s first network-within-a-network topology, the company delivers the power and control to securely manage IT environments while providing comprehensive scalability.