Microsoft formally announced its Windows Azure Platform Appliance today, as TechCrunchIT reports.

Dell, eBay, Fujitsu, and HP intend to deploy the appliance in their datacenters to offer new cloud services.

While that’s nice to know, I’m much more interested to hear by when we can get our own appliance, and what the configuration sizes and support requirements are going to be.

On a related note, the SQL CAT team released its SQL Azure Customer Best Practices a while ago.

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