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Remote Desktop Services, VM support transform Azure platform

Windows Azure will now include Remote Desktop Services and VM support, which will add more infrastructure control for solutions providers.

Systems Channel News Roundup for the week of Feb. 1-5, 2010.

Remote Desktop Services, VM support change Azure structure

Microsoft will include Remote Desktop Services and virtual machine (VM) support in the Windows Azure platform, and the price of $0.12 per hour is now subject to change.

Azure's Marketing Director Prashant Ketkar said Remote Desktop Services and VM support will be available as soon as possible, but he did not give an official date, according to

Windows Azure has typically followed the Platform as a Service model, but the addition of Remote Desktop Services and VM support brings it closer to the Infrastructure as a Service model. Some industry experts speculate that these new changes will also make Azure more of a competitor to Amazon Web Services.

New HP Performance-Optimized Datacenter tackles concerns

Hewlett-Packard Co. has released a new, smaller version of its Performance-Optimized Datacenter (POD), which company executives hope will boost the popularity of data centers in a box.

HP promotes the updated POD as a more affordable, containerized data center for small businesses. The POD is 20 feet long instead of 40, and it accommodates 10 50U racks of IT equipment instead of 22, according to

For solutions providers, convincing customers to buy into the boxed data center could be challenging. PODs have yet to make an impact on the data center market, and in the past, many users complained of POD's noise, up-front costs and weight.

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