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Can we install a version of azure locally? In other words, can we manage an independent azure cloud? I am using the emulator. But I want a real azure system.

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Can we install a version of azure locally?

No, Azure is Microsoft's proprietary cloud infrastructure, and as far as I know, it's not for sale.

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I found this information: microsoft.com/windowsazure/appliance –  delete_this_account May 25 '11 at 4:08
    
To me, if you wanted to get anywhere near that you would need to be a multi-billion dollar company who is a Microsoft partner. You may wish to look at OpenStack.org –  Adam Mar 1 '12 at 9:48
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You currently cannot install Azure locally. However Microsoft is working on an on-premises cloud offering, AKA - private cloud. I've no idea how much it will be, but if you want a local cloud you're looking at around $500k or more for a truly "cloud scale" and "cloud scaling" solution.

Currently Azure is multiple data centers, multiple regions, and hundreds of thousands of machines. This is something that one (even a very LARGE corporation) can't just purchase and emulate. Thus the reason it isn't offered as an on-premises or local installation.

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Yes. At least partially. A few Azure services are now available in this project:

http://www.microsoft.com/hosting/en/us/services.aspx

This project has many names:

  • Service Management Portal
  • Azure Services for Windows Server Codename
  • Katal

Features currently available include:

  • Web Sites
  • Virtual Machines
  • SQL Databases
  • mySQL Databases
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