Microsoft Intros Cloud, Connected-Device Solutions

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Microsoft has introduced a portfolio of new solutions designed to help businesses thrive in the era of cloud computing and connected devices.

In Monday's keynote address at TechEd North America 2013, Microsoft executives, including Server & Tools Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson, showcased new offerings across client, data center infrastructure, public cloud and application development intended help deliver a comprehensive, connected enterprise platform.

“The products and services introduced today illustrate how Microsoft is the company that businesses can bet on as they embrace cloud computing, deliver critical applications, and empower employee productivity in new and exciting ways," Anderson said.

Microsoft introduced upcoming releases of its key enterprise IT solutions for hybrid cloud: Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014. Available in preview later this month, the products break down boundaries between customer data centers, service provider data centers and Windows Azure, Microsoft said. Using them, enterprises can make IT services and applications available across clouds and scale them up or down according to business needs. Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 are slated to release by the end of calendar year 2013, with SQL Server 2014 slated for release shortly thereafter.

With advances in virtualization, software-defined networking, data storage and recovery, in-memory transaction processing and more, Microsoft says these solutions were engineered with their "cloud-first" focus, including a faster pace of development and release to market.

The company also announced the public preview of Windows Azure BizTalk Services for enterprise integration solutions, both on-premises and in the cloud, which it claims now offers  per-minute billing for virtual machines, Web roles and worker roles that improve cloud economics for customers.

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