Software Defined Networking (SDN) – Network Without Limits

At Microsoft, we create and deliver first party apps (both on-premises and in our cloud datacenters), as well as host the apps that our customers and partners build. All of this runs on our own network infrastructure alongside workloads like Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Xbox Live, and Office 365. Our experiences with key workloads like these… Read more

Windows Azure HDInsight has released and is now available

Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based distribution of Hadoop. Further expanding on Microsoft’s big data strategy, Microsoft CVP Quentin Clark will deliver a keynote at O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World tomorrow, where he will discuss Microsoft’s vision to democratize big data by providing easy to use tools and a… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Backup and Restore Enhancements

SQL Server 2014 CTP2 includes three SQL Server Backup and Restore enhancements.  These enhancements enables using Windows Azure for backups, providing options to ease and automate backup management, and improved security for backups through encryption. In addition, to enable backup to Windows Azure from previous versions of SQL Server, a stand-alone tool is now available…. Read more

Windows Azure: Backup Services Release and more!

Today we are releasing Windows Azure Backup Service as a general availability service.  This release is now live in production, backed by an enterprise SLA, supported by Microsoft Support, and is ready to use for production scenarios. Windows Azure Backup is a cloud based backup solution for Windows Server which allows files and folders to… Read more

Customers, Clouds and Choice

As competition in the cloud space heats up, things are looking better than ever for customers, as they have access to increasingly better solutions and hence, more choice. However, this competition is making at least one vendor uncomfortable – how else does one explain recent comments from an AWS executive that private clouds are “ill-advised”… Read more

Gartner Recognizes Microsoft as a Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Visionary

Four months ago, we moved Windows Azure Infrastructure Services out of preview and into general availability which included covering the service with our industry-leading SLA. In the short time since then, Gartner has recognized Microsoft as a Visionary in the market for its completeness of vision and ability to execute according to its 2013 Magic… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server security features in Windows Azure Virtual Machines

With the availability of SQL Server 2008 R2 enterprise edition and SQL Server 2012 enterprise edition in Windows Azure Virtual Machines, you now have the option to take advantage of our Enterprise level features such as SQL Server Audit and Transparent Data Encryption in pre-configured, ready-to-deploy, per-minute-billed Windows Azure Virtual Machines!  MORE… Read more

The Modern Datacenter with Software-Defined Networking (SDN)

Software-defined networking is about enabling software – rather than the hardware – to dynamically manage the network in a way that helps you better meet the requirements of your applications and workloads.  Microsoft’s approach to SDN is grounded in our experiences designing, building and operating global-scale datacenter networks for services like Windows Azure. MORE… Read more

Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start – registration now open

Make Windows Azure Your Datacenter! This Jump Start will help you understand how you can use Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, such as Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, to migrate, extend, run, manage and monitor common workloads in the cloud. The jumpstart will be led by Microsoft Lead Azure Technical Evangelist David Tesar and Azure Group… Read more