Apprenda, the open Platform as a Service (PaaS) stack for .NET, today announced Apprenda Azure, providing enterprises with a hybrid cloud solution for .NET. With Apprenda Azure, enterprises will now be able to achieve complete symmetry between their on-premise Windows infrastructure/private cloud and Windows Azure. 
This announcement follows Apprenda’s recent CODiE Award for “Best Cloud Platform” and their work with Microsoft System Center as part of the System Center Alliance program.
“Apprenda’s recent announcements highlight the power of Windows Azure as an enterprise grade platform,” said Helene Love Snell, Director Server and Tools Business, Microsoft. “Enabling enterprises to achieve symmetry between their private data center and Windows Azure through Apprenda gives customers a new option for public and private cloud interaction with Windows Azure.”
Trusted by companies such as Honeywell, Symantec, and Quest Software, Apprenda empowers organizations to achieve significant cost savings and productivity improvements that result in better business/IT alignment. Apprenda Azure changes the landscape of cloud enablement by eliminating the debate in choosing between public and private cloud, and gives enterprises additional flexibility to run and manage applications on their own infrastructure or on Windows Azure, without compromise.
Apprenda Azure provides enterprises with hybrid cloud capabilities, such as:
• Seamless transition of applications and workloads between Windows Azure and internal data center resources
• Simplified IT management with the ability to pool both public and private infrastructure resource, define usage policies, and more, all from a single dashboard
• Increased developer productivity through frameworks and APIs integrated with Visual Studio to accelerate application development and deployment to internal or external infrastructure resources
“Hybrid cloud is a key option for enterprises. Instead of fragmented capabilities split between public and private cloud infrastructure, enterprises receive full-scope benefits without previous lock-in limitations or added risk,” said Sinclair Schuller, CEO of Apprenda. “With Apprenda Azure, enterprises can merge their public Windows Azure resources with their datacenters, getting the best of public and private cloud for .NET all under one umbrella.”
Apprenda Azure is currently available to a select group of Apprenda customers, and will be released for general availability in the coming months.