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Microsoft Signs Up Partners for Azure

Microsoft has announced that it has signed up a number of partners for its newly developed Azure platform, the Wall Street Journal has reported.

The company has stated that technology manufacturers Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Fujitsu will collaborate with Microsoft on Azure and related cloud computing technologies.

During his keynote speech at the Worldwide Partners conference in Redmond, Washington on Monday, president of Microsoft Servers and Tools, Bob Muglia, said: "We think this is the future."

"All of capability in Windows Azure platform will be available to you to run in your own data centre," he added.

Muglia said that the company expects large business groups and enterprises to shift data from their personal servers to Azure.

He said that Azure would prove to be a more convenient, cheaper and more manageable option.

Microsoft has announced that Fujitsu will be offering its own applications on the Windows Azure platform, and will be training 5,000 consultants and developers to help support clients develop and integrate applications on the platform.