Microsoft Expands Its Hyperscale Cloud Footprint
The software giant bets big on enterprise cloud computing with more data centers, larger virtual machine sizes and a new integrated hardware solution.Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the company's Cloud and Enterprise group, hopped on stage today during a press event in San Francisco to announce some major updates to the company's cloud computing ecosystem. In his remarks, Nadella revealed the extent of the company's ambitions in terms of turning Azure, Office 365 and the rest of the Redmond, Wash.-based company's cloud ecosystem into a one-stop cloud software and services platform for business that supports other operating systems besides Windows. "The Microsoft cloud is the most complete cloud offering that empowers every business across every industry in every geography," he boasted. "We are also a cloud that supports any OS on any container technology, so we support both Linux and Windows Server," said Nadella. "Microsoft loves Linux," he added. To enhance the company's global reach, Azure is setting up shop in Australia, announced Guthrie. "One key element of hyperscale is having a cloud that provides truly global reach," he said. "Next week, we'll officially [announce] our two new Australia regions to the public," bringing the total number of Azure regions to 19.
"That's more than twice the number of regions that AWS [Amazon Web Services] offers today, and that's more than six times the number of regions than the Google cloud offers today." Each Azure region is comprised of multiple data centers (up to 16)—each roughly the size of a football field—that houses up to 600,000 servers per region.