Microsoft Azure is Microsoft cloud computing platform used to build, host and scale web applications through Microsoft data centers. The platform consists of various on-demand services hosted in Microsoft data centers and commoditized through three product brands: Windows Azure, an operating system providing scalable compute and storage facilities, SQL Azure, a cloud-based, scale-out version of SQL Server, and Windows Azure AppFabric, a collection of services supporting applications both in the cloud and on premise.
According to various sources Microsoft is set to use OCZ’s SSDs as part of its storage and caching solution for the platform.
MSFT was nothing more than crap touted by RP. They gave a TEST order. Thats it. Nothing more. One more example of how RP seemed to lead investors on by making them think they would get a contract. Not one as actually happened.
It's out there (few months) but not confirmed by OCZ or MSFT.
The new "storage hardware" is thought to include solid state drives (SSDs) and these are, informed sources say, OCZ drives.
According to a Gigaom source, Azure's "all-SSD block storage infrastructure boosts performance and differentiates Azure from AWS, which offers solid state storage, but only with some higher-end services like DynamoDB".
OCZ CEO Ryan Petersen said in the latest OCZ earnings call that the company had recently won business from "a leading cloud and content delivery provider". This is now thought to be Azure.
Our sources close to OCZ tell us that the world's largest independent SSD company is supplying SSDs, possibly Z-Drive R4 drives with VXL caching software, to Microsoft for use by the Azure cloud. That would be a huge win for OCZ and elevate its credibility as an enterprise SSD supplier sky-high. ®