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Microsoft To Deliver Slew of New Cloud Offerings

By Craig Galbraith
October 08, 2013 - News

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Microsoft has unveiled new enterprise products and services designed to help businesses capitalize on cloud computing and to overcome some of today's top IT challenges.

“As enterprises move to the cloud they are going to bet on vendors that have best-in-class software as a service applications, operate a global public cloud that supports a broad ecosystem of third-party services, and deliver multi-cloud mobility through true hybrid solutions," said Satya Nadella, cloud and enterprise executive vice president, Microsoft.

The Redmond, Wash.-based software giant will release Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 on Oct. 18. Combined, these offerings aim to help customers build an IT infrastructure that delivers continuous services and applications across clouds. Microsoft says the products empower companies to create data centers without boundaries using Hyper-V for high-scale virtualization; high-performance storage at lower costs; built-in, software-defined networking; and hybrid business continuity.

The new Windows Azure Pack runs on top of Windows Server and System Center, enabling enterprises and service providers to deliver self-service infrastructure and platforms from their data centers.

Building on these hybrid cloud platforms, customers can use Visual Studio 2013 and the new .NET 4.5.1, which also becomes available on Oct. 18, to create modern applications for devices and services. The new Visual Studio 2013 Modern Lifecycle Management solution is designed to help enable development teams, businesspeople and IT managers to build and deliver better applications, faster.

There's more. On Nov. 1, Microsoft will offer Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers access to discounted Windows Azure prices, regardless of upfront commitment, without overuse penalties and with the flexibility of annual payments.

To further reduce cloud adoption barriers, Microsoft on Monday announced a strategic partnership with Equinix. Building on recently announced partnerships with AT&T and others, this alliance will provide customers with even more options for private and fast connections to the cloud, the company said. Customers will be able to connect their networks with Windows Azure at Equinix exchange locations for greater throughput, availability and security features.

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