Burst and scale on demand
Applications that work with on-premises clusters or grids scale and perform well in Windows Azure. Deploy Virtual Machines and Cloud Services when your business or users requires them. Run tens, hundreds, or thousands of cores to meet a deadline, manage peak workloads, test new models, or experiment to get a better design or solution. Tackle your compute-intensive simulations, rendering jobs, and analyses by using resources in the cloud with the performance you need. Do work initially on your desktop, then at scale in the cloud when you need it.
Windows Azure provides a rich set of solutions for developers and IT professionals, for storage and data management, connecting networks to the cloud, and other important operations. To help manage hybrid compute clusters, we provide Microsoft HPC Pack. With HPC Pack, you can deploy an on-premises compute cluster with Windows Server and easily extend it with Windows Azure when you need additional capacity. You can also use HPC Pack to deploy a cluster entirely in the cloud and connect to it over a VPN or the Internet.
Broad partner ecosystem
Take advantage of a wide range of applications, libraries, and tools from independent software vendors with solutions across industries such as financial services, engineering, oil and gas, life sciences, and digital content creation. Your existing cluster manager and job scheduler can work with Windows Azure Virtual Machines. Microsoft partners including Towers Watson, GreenButton, Milliman, and Numerix can help make the cloud work for you.