Although not fully embracing the capability and scalability of the cloud, Ray Ozzie, chief software architect from Microsoft, talked about the ability to move a virtual machine to the cloud. I heard about it on Twitter and went on to look for the source. Apparently it was talked about during the PDC which is held in Los Angeles this week.
When I try to imagine the possibilities, I suppose you start out building your private cloud based on Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V R2 + System Center, you federate your Active Directory forest with Azure, open your System Center Virtual Machine Manager console and – when you are ready – migrate a virtual machine to Azure. Will it be that easy? Will we be able to move back and forth between private and public clouds just that transparently? This notion opens up a lot of possibilities and probably even more questions. But fascinating it is.
I wouldn’t expect Live Migration or even Quick Migration to Azure. Rapid Migration to Azure sounds good, or even Slow Migration to Azure. Anything goes as long you have the upgrade as well as the downgrade path!
If this is true and businesses start to understand its implications for future IT infrastructures, the opposing vBlock might come in for a surprise.
Review of Ray Ozzie’s keynote in which he talked about moving virtual machines to Azure: