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|Sphere 3D and Microsoft to Deliver Glassware 2.0 Windows Application Containers on Microsoft Azure|
|Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2015 01:55:15 PM|
Initially Targeted to Education Customers, the Collaboration Aims to Enable Desktop Application Workloads to Move to the Cloud, and Provides Expanded Options for Organizations Looking to Move Their Local Workloads to the Data Center
SAN JOSE, CA-(Marketwired - Mar 9, 2015) - Sphere 3D Corporation (NASDAQ: ANY), creator of the Glassware 2.0 Windows container technology for application delivery, announced a strategic collaboration to enable support of Glassware 2.0 on Microsoft Azure.
Working together, Sphere 3D and Microsoft will provide organizations with the tools to make cloud migration of Windows based end-user computing applications from physical infrastructure to Azure simple and rapid. Glassware 2.0 container technology running in Azure will help enterprise customers achieve one of the guiding principles of cloud - simplifying IT infrastructure.
"When we created Glassware 2.0, we envisioned a time where any application, regardless of its hardware or operating dependencies, could be easily delivered across multiple platforms from the cloud," said Eric Kelly, CEO of Sphere 3D. "Today, by joining forces with Microsoft, we have taken a substantial step towards realizing that vision."
As recently stated in an industry survey conducted by Rightscale, less than 20% of enterprise applications are running in the cloud. Glassware 2.0 containerization technology provides organizations with the ability to virtualize those applications that were previously deemed too difficult to move to cloud. Utilizing Glassware 2.0 container technology can assist in reducing the cost and complexity associated with migration from local workstations to the data center.
"We are committed to providing our customers with new and innovative ways to implement their cloud strategy," said Vibhor Kapoor, Director, Microsoft Azure Product Marketing. "By working closely with Sphere 3D, we are able to continue to deliver on that commitment and provide a new level of flexibility for organizations looking for scalable application delivery from the cloud."
Initially, Glassware 2.0 enabled workloads in Azure will be aimed at the needs of the education segment, and available through a select number of authorized partners. Later in 2015, you will see additional use cases and expanded availability with a focus on ensuring the simple and efficient migration of applications to Azure.