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Azure Marketplace and integrated its

Data Platform with Azure, while IBM

and Microsoft partnered to provide

their respective enterprise software

on Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud.

Microsoft has also established

a Cloud Platform System (CPS),

which is powered by pre-integrated

software and hardware from

Dell. CPS brings together Azure,

Windows Server and Microsoft

System Center to deliver an ‘Azure-

consistent cloud in a box’ with the

control of an on-premises appliance.

“Our ecosystem is the backbone

of our cloud platform, and

our embrace of open source

technologies is at the heart,” said

Scott Guthrie, executive vice

president of Cloud and Enterprise

at Microsoft. “By helping to create

an open platform powered by choice

and flexibility, we are enabling the

enterprises and developers of today

and tomorrow to connect with

each other and create new business

opportunities in the mobile-first,

cloud-first world.”

Azure Batch enables customers to deploy

scale-out jobs, while Azure Marketplace

provides an ecosystem of cloud partners

EXTENDING AZURE

Microsoft has introduced several

updates to the Azure platform,

designed to help customers automate

and streamline IT operations, enhance

security and, ultimately, become more

productive. Key updates include:

Azure Automation

Now generally available, the cloud-based

solution automates time-consuming

tasks across Azure and third-party

environments, reducing the risk associated

with repetitive manual processes.

Azure Batch

Customers can leverage Azure Batch

to deploy scale-out jobs and access

thousands of cores to solve complex

problems without the need for

infrastructure investment.

Azure Operational Insights

Bringing together Azure, HDInsight and

Microsoft System Center, the solution

captures and analyses machine data

across cloud environments, turning it

into actionable insights.

Azure Operational Insights

Bringing together Azure, HDInsight and

Microsoft System Center, the solution

captures and analyses machine data

across cloud environments, turning it

into actionable insights.

Azure Government

Microsoft’s Azure Government

platform and Dynamics CRM Online

for Government is now available in

the US. Designed to work with Office

365 Government, the platforms help

government agencies to integrate

on-premises, cloud and data systems

by hosting services, data networks

and storage in Microsoft data centres

across the US. This enables agencies

to run their systems in Microsoft’s

government cloud, public cloud or

their own data centres.