Microsoft Azure enhancements announced for better Cloud services


Microsoft Corp. CEO Satya Nadella at an event on Monday in San Francisco pointed out how Microsoft is using Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Microsoft Dynamics to present the industry’s most complete cloud — for every business, every industry and every geography.

Microsoft Azure enhancements

Microsoft Azure enhancements

Advancing on this commitment, Microsoft has declared a number of improvements to its hyper-scale, enterprise-grade, hybrid cloud platform this includes the new Azure G-series of virtual machines and Premium Storage; the common availability of the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, which is powered by Dell; partnerships with Cloudera Inc. and CoreOS; and a new Azure Marketplace.

All over the world the demand for cloud computing is increasing manifold, and to meet this demand, Microsoft is investing. Monday the company declared the latest milestone in the global growth of Azure, with general availability of Azure in the Australia region next week.

Microsoft Azure will be functional in 19 regions around the world, by the end of 2014, which is at least double the number of any other public cloud provider. Microsoft also declared the G-series of virtual machines and premium storage for Microsoft Azure. It is powered by the latest Intel Xeon processors; the G-series will be the biggest virtual machines that will be available in the public cloud to date, while Azure Premium Storage will support great performance per virtual machine.

They will provide enterprise-grade scale and performance that enterprises and developers require to run the most challenging workloads in the cloud together. As enterprises advance their usage of cloud computing, the demand for security enhanced, scalable and reliable hybrid cloud solutions increases.

The Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), which is powered by Dell, has brought together Azure, Windows Server and Microsoft System Center to deliver an “Azure-consistent cloud in a box.” CPS has provided learnings from Azure to customers and partners with the control of an on-premises appliance with software from Microsoft and pre-integrated hardware from Dell. For purchasing, CPS will be available to you on Nov.3.

More than 40 percent of Azure’s revenue comes from startups and ISVs, the new Azure Marketplace will lead to a connection of this important ecosystem with enterprise customers all over. Now, Azure customers will need just a few clicks to be able to search for and set up their favorite operating system, service or application.

Monday, two new partners join Docker Inc., Oracle and hundreds of others in the Azure Marketplace: Cloudera, a dominant in enterprise analytics and data management, will certified by Azure in the end of 2014. This will provide a fast and simple way to set-up Cloudera Enterprise, connect to Microsoft Power BI and discover new insights, in just a few minutes.

CoreOS, which is a well known container-based Linux operating system, is now accessible to all Azure customers. Customers can set up CoreOS images straight away from the Azure Marketplace which starts on Monday. This has widened Microsoft’s first-class backing for Linux on Azure.

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