Good luck smarx. I wonder if anyone will understand David with his Scottish Brogue talking Windows Azure.
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@HeavensRevenge: I think you might have confused AppFabric with the Fabric Controller. AppFabric is a brand that includes a Caching service (see Cloud Cover Show Ep 32). The Fabric Controller is an integral part of Windows Azure that does all the things that Corey mentioned. Two completely different things, but confusingly named.
@aL_: If you happened to have a bunch of extra blade servers, redundant network addressable power supplies, hardware load balancers, top of rack switches, etc., you probably could install and use Windows Azure. However, you can't throw a bunch of random hardware together and achieve the reliability, scalability, and availability that is a core tenet of Windows Azure. It is not the same thing. The reason we have the Windows Azure Appliance is because that is the only hardware configuration that we can have that will achieve the same goals that are so important in the public cloud (or hosted/private as the case may be).
@hansol: our datacenters are sourced with multiple internet providers for redundancy. It would be a catastrophic disaster in order to lose all connectivity. In that case, you would need to move your services to another datacenter while it was recovered.
@Wely, @SyntaxC4 - Fixed the links. Thanks!
You can find a blog post with a link to the Hammer source here.
I have a habit of not knowing what I am going to say until I say it. Hence, the emphasis on whatever words I feel like at the time. Nothing to read between the lines there...