Microsoft TechEd, Durban – The hosted cloud environment received a boost last night with the announcement that Microsoft has expanded its Windows Azure platform.
Speaking at the TechEd keynote yesterday evening, Clifford de Wit said of the launch of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services: “This enables it to burst from Windows Server 2012 into Azure infrastructure.”
Windows Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud platform, and is rapidly growing in popularity. De Wit says there are currently about 1 000 new users signing up to Azure every day.
“In addition, there has also been good adoption in South Africa. Latency is not bad and it is very usable in the local context.”
The new Windows Azure Infrastructure Services allows customers to easily migrate existing applications and infrastructure to the cloud, so they can realise the promise of a hybrid cloud platform.
Cloud computing is core to Microsoft’s messaging at this year’s TechEd conference, with the keynote focusing on how the software vendor has enabled all its systems products to take advantage of the cloud.
De Wit points out that, in the 18 months since the last TechEd, the company has focussed on cloud computing.
The keynote was used to demonstrate how all of the Microsoft systems products work together for collaboration, development, infrastructure and deployment.
“What we’ve shown you today, is how the world is integrated,” says De Wit. “This makes the world more productive, offering more value for employees and customers.
“It allows your company to offer continuous value delivery.”
Microsoft’s systems products include Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure – what Microsoft calls its cloud operating system; as well as SQL Server, Systems Centre and Visual Studio.