HostMySite offers $10,000 Cloud Startup Sweepstakes

According a press release, HostMySite has teamed up with Microsoft to launch the Light up the Cloud Sweepstakes. The contest is a self described 8 week affair that will send one lucky entrant a free Surface 2 each week. The grand prize of the Light up the Cloud Sweepstakes is a $10,000 cloud hosting credit to be used at HostMySite. The winner will also receive a press release through the HostMySite blog as well as other promotional activities.

The contest began on July 1st and all entries must be received by August 26th. The press release mentions that all entrants must include a company photo, a couple paragraphs about their start up and what they would do with the grand prize, should they win it.

John Enright, the President of HostMySite mentions, “Oftentimes, the most difficult phase of any new service or application is getting it off the ground.” Enright continues on by saying, “Our goal with this contest is to give some interesting projects an extra boost in the all-important launch phase, and to showcase the creative ways that developers and entrepreneurs are using new technologies such as HYPER-V, SystemCenter, and the Windows Azure Pack from Microsoft.”

Garth Fort, General Manager of Cloud and Enterprise Marketing at Microsoft said about the contest, “As part of our Cloud OS vision, Microsoft is fully committed to the success of hosting service providers. We are thrilled to expand our relationship with HostMySite as they deliver cloud offerings that reach a broad and diverse distribution channel with a fast time to market.”

HostMySite uses the Azure pack for it clients thus making it easy for administrators to transition into HostMySite from an IaaS provider such as Azure. Entrepreneurs can get more information about the contest by visiting HostMySite website for more info. There is also additional information available for those wanting to learn more about HostMySite’s CloudOS.