We are just days away from the Australian Grand Prix, which kicks off the 2014 Formula 1 season. Lotus, the exotic sports car maker, has long been a participant on the F1 circuit, and is always competitive. Now Microsoft announces that the Lotus team has moved its official website to Azure.
Steve Plank, technical evangelist at the company, relates how it all cam about via a phone call from his colleague Dan Pilling, who stated "there’s been a critical failure with a customer’s hosting provider, the Lotus F1 Team don’t want visitors to be experiencing HTTP web errors, they just need a holding page until things are sorted out. Can we help them with Windows Azure?", Pilling asked.
Microsoft claims it had the page transferred to Azure, and up running again in minutes. "I thought it would be quick but I didn’t think you’d actually fix it during this call itself" stated Lotus' Michael Taylor.
You can visit the site at lotusf1team.com to view the results, though you won't really notice anything, as Azure is the underlying technology. However, for now it's a static homepage, as the rest gets migrated, and there is a message announcing the move to Azure. This won't help the team on race day, but it's a strong indication of who Microsoft may be pulling for.