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MAR K E TWATCH

Microsoft extends

and enhances Azure

I

n the last quarter of 2014, Microsoft

demonstrated how it is reimagining

and reinventing productivity by

introducing a series of new services and

updates for its Azure cloud platform.

Notable developments include

the availability of new services such

as Azure Automation and Azure

Batch – designed to make it easier

for companies to burst into the cloud

to manage complex tasks – as well

as the release of the Azure G-series

of virtual machines – the company’s

largest virtual machine available in

the public cloud to date. Together

with Azure Premium Storage, these

new releases will deliver the scale

and performance necessary for

enterprises and developers to run the

most demanding workloads in the

cloud in the easiest possible manner.

“The enterprises of today and

tomorrow demand a cloud platform

that is reliable, scalable and flexible,”

said Nadella. “With more than 80%

of the Fortune 500 on the Microsoft

cloud, we are delivering the

industry’s most complete cloud – for

every business, every industry and

every geography.”

Microsoft has also expanded its

cloud partner ecosystem to more

than 100 countries, giving customers

access to more than 50 solutions from

over 30 partners. These partners can

be sourced via a new unified platform

– Azure Marketplace – and include

Veeam Software, which now offers its

Cloud Connect as a pre-configured

Microsoft Azure Certified for Virtual

Machines solution. Hadoop vendor

Hortonworks has also joined the

Azure Batch, Azure Automation and Azure Government are among the raft of updates

Microsoft has made to its hyper-scale, enterprise-grade, hybrid cloud platform