Microsoft Gets Aggressive with Cloud Strategy

Redmond is going deeper into the enterprise cloud. Microsoft on Monday announced its next wave of enterprise products and services aimed at helping companies tap into cloud computing opportunities and overcome IT challenges.

Part of the companyEUs stated goal is to drive enterprise cloud adoption. The new products complement Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services, and also include hybrid infrastructure and modern applications.

A Hybrid Approach

Microsoft will roll out Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 on Oct. 18. The technology works to help customers build IT infrastructure that delivers continuous services and applications across clouds.

Redmond also said the new products will help enterprises create datacenters 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.

Building on these hybrid cloud platforms, enterprise customers can use Visual Studio 2013 and the new .NET 4.5.1 to create modern applications for devices and services. Also rolling out on Oct. 18, the new Visual Studio 2013 Modern Lifecycle Management solution promises to help development teams, businesspeople and IT managers to build and deliver better applications, faster.

New Azure Pricing

In a move that turned analysts' heads, Microsoft will offer Enterprise Agreement customers access to discounted Windows Azure prices, regardless of upfront commitment, without overuse penalties and with the flexibility of annual payments starting Nov. 1.

EUDiscounting prices with no penalties for overuse tells me that Microsoft understands the value of Azure,EU Brad Shimmin, a principal analyst at Current Analysis, told us. EUMicrosoft is betting big on that service as a means of supporting what I would assume is going to be the future of their sales channel: ISV-savvy channel partners that build services on top of MicrosoftEUs suites...

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