Just a silly question from a German dude: Why the heck do you want to freeze beer? O.o
Eisbock my fine German friend. Eisbock.
I guess I should clarify a bit more - Reinheitsgebot prevents Germans from adding simple adjuncts like sugar into beer. As such, it is very difficult to get an all malt beer up much past 10% alcohol. As an aside, this is why Belgian beers have a much higher ABV - they use simple sugars to boost the alcohol content.
Eisbocks are beers that are fortified by freezing and leaving behind the ice. The resulting beer complies with Reinheitsgebot. You would never drink it at freezing. That would be a terrible crime against any good beer (looking at you ryancrawcour). Eisbock is simply made this way and then processed like normal.
Being German, you have an excellent selection at your disposal. Some of them are well over 14%. Try one or two!
@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.