Microsoft has as strong focus on the hybrid cloud: a mixture of public and private cloud infrastructures. The vision is delivered by solutions like Windows Azure, Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1.
Azure and Windows Server 2012 bring in the hypervisor part, System Center 2012 sP1 the management of virtual machines running on one or both hypervisors. These solutions provide customers with one consistent platform for infrastructure, apps, and data – spanning customer datacenters, hosting service provider datacenters, and the Microsoft public cloud.
To enable a consistent user interface for the self service portal when Windows Server 2012 is used, the Azure Services for Windows Server are used. This has a Service Management Portal and Service Management API which turns a cloud based on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V into the Azure look and feel and API-connectivity.
Microsoft has a blog published in January 2013 explaining what Cloud OS exactly is.
Amsio, managed hosting provider, lauched the first private cloud in Europe based on Microsoft Windows Cloud OS at February 6 2013. Amsio offers a free three month trial of this private cloud. Included is the use of two full virtual private servers running Linux or Windows and 100 GB of high performance storage.
Register for the trial at http://testthecloud.nl/Index.aspx