Microsoft Azure extending its reach

14 April 2014

As part of the company's new "cloud first, mobile first" mantra spearheaded by CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft's public cloud offering, Microsoft Azure, is expected to implement new features that are sure to appeal to enterprises and large government agencies alike. These transformations may change the face of the modern workplace, as well as bring Microsoft certification courses onto a whole new level. 

Wading into unfamiliar waters 
On April 2, Nadella and his fellow executives traveled to San Francisco to showcase some of the new products Microsoft is anticipated to release over the course of 2014. According to PCWorld, Microsoft Azure cloud services feature many technologies that the corporation typically doesn't invest in, including open source tools. Chef and Puppet configuration management software, as well as OAuth authorization standard were revealed during Microsoft's Build conference. These installations are proof that Nadella plans on making good on his newly implemented mantra. 

The inclusion of open source technology may effectively change the curriculums of Microsoft training courses. Business professionals seeking council on Windows applications and other related programs may become acclimated to customizing their own software. Al Hilwa, director for software development at IDC, noted that IT professionals have enjoyed the benefits associated with disclosed code, as it enables them to patch minor faults and construct architectures applicable to their specific business needs. 

"Clearly Microsoft's message is its support of multi-platform," said Al Hilwa, as quoted by the news source. "It will take any part of your stack, it doesn't have to be just Microsoft software."

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's newly appointed executive vice president of the cloud and enterprise division, told Build conference attendees that the corporation is looking to enter the realm of Linux and enable corporate management to construct applications that work on multiple devices. Offering professionals the opportunity to create tools for smartphones and tablets could bring in a new wave of profits for the multi-billion dollar corporation. 

A new control center architecture 
Also showcased at the Build conference was Azure's new central command system. Jordan Novet, a contributor to VentureBeat, noted that metrics, a comprehensive view of website activities, as well as a collection of programs to deploy via cloud resources were featured at the event. Karandeep Anand, a technician charged with overseeing management responsibilities for certain parts of Azure, claimed that the cloud solution's display is akin to "an infinite canvas." 

Operability is often an overlooked aspect of a deployment solution. Functionality usually takes the spotlight, due to the expressed desires of corporations looking for a scalable environment through which they can store and access their data. The fact that Microsoft is reevaluating the layout of the Azure deployment is a good sign that the company is willing to acknowledge the issues critics encountered with 2013's operating system, Windows 8. 

In light of this development, members of the United States Department of Defense among other federal agencies have considered investing in Microsoft training to acclimate themselves to the new Azure solution. As accessing applications and tools without hindrance is the number one priority of organizations concerned with national security and military operations, the Azure's infrastructure could provide some assistance. 

"After the new portal becomes generally available for the Azure cloud, Microsoft will also release a version for companies to use when they manage their on-premises private clouds," noted Anand​, as quoted by VentureBeat. 

Many government authorities have favored private cloud infrastructure. Developers of the technology have acknowledged the scalability of their public cloud competition and have redesigned private architectures accordingly. For this reason, that National Security Agency and State Department may consider Azure as viable option. 

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