Microsoft Azure Takes the Spotlight at TechEd
Microsoft shows off its growing enterprise cloud portfolio with several new hybrid cloud options, streamlined cloud app development and in-memory capabilities.Microsoft Azure, the software's maker cloud computing platform, is casting a big shadow over the TechEd 2014 conference in Houston. Highlighting Azure's critical role in the company's new "mobile-first, cloud-first" approach to computing, Microsoft introduced several new enhancements and offerings that are meant to attract businesses to its cloud. Among the major announcements was ExpressRoute, a hybrid cloud solution that eases concerns about transferring sensitive enterprise data over the public Internet. Yesterday, Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Windows Server and System Center, announced the general availability of ExpressRoute, a subscription-based offering that establishes secure, private connections to Azure via partner networks and data centers from the likes of AT&T, Equinix and Level 3 Communications. "To connect on-premises technology with the public cloud, we've announced the general availability Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, as well as other enhanced computing and networking capabilities," he said. In addition to Azure Files, space-saving technology that allows multiple virtual machines to share the same files, and antivirus protection courtesy of Antimalware for Azure, the company announced the availability of several new cloud-based products. In a post on the newly redesigned Azure Blog, Vibhor Kapoor, director of product marketing for Microsoft Azure, listed some of the new features that customers can take for a spin.
Arguing that hybrid clouds "require robust network connections—in-region, cross-region, and across multiple datacenter environments," Kapoor introduced the new multiple site-to-site VPN connection capabilities in Azure Virtual Network. "With new VNET-to-VNET connectivity, multiple virtual networks can be directly and securely linked to one another—enabling great disaster recovery solution, especially when combined with the Always On feature of SQL Server."