Anderson opens TechEd North America 2014 with series of announcements

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 12 May 2014
Anderson opens TechEd North America 2014 with series of announcements

Brad Anderson has opened the TechEd North America 2014 event in Houston, Texas, with a keynote address focusing on Microsoft’s mobile first, cloud first message.

Addressing the audience at the George R. Brown Convention Center, the company’s corporate vice president of Windows Server and System Center Program Management expressed his belief that only the surface has been scratched when it comes to the number of benefits the cloud can bring.

“Mobility and cloud are the future of business, and the future is now,” said Anderson. “Our differentiated cloud innovations, comprehensive mobile productivity solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realise the true potential of the cloud era.”

During his keynote address, Anderson highlighted some successful case studies of companies capitalising on the possibilities of the cloud in partnership with Microsoft.  Examples included skyscraper, subway and bridge building company Walsh Group, fashion company Paul Smith, movie and TV subscription company Blinkbox, and Titanfall, a multiplayer, first-person shooter video game.

To help further this move into a mobile first, cloud first world, Microsoft has revealed a series of new offerings to help enterprises boost productivity and enhance their cloud experience.

These include Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, which enables customers to create private connections between Azure and on-premises environments. The new solution has been developed through alliances with providers such as AT&T, BT, Equinix, Level 3, SingTel, TelecityGroup, Verizon and Zadara Storage, and offers new options for embracing the cloud, including fast speeds, security and reliability features, and low latency.

Microsoft Azure Files, which streamlines cloud storage by enabling a single file share from multiple virtual machines, has been made available in preview.

Azure API Management lets customers improve interdepartmental information sharing and create new business models by exposing application programming interface (API) through the cloud.

Formerly named Hyper-V Recovery Manager, Microsoft Azure Site Recovery enables enhanced, cost-effective disaster recovery in the cloud and is available in preview next month. 

Also available in preview is Microsoft Antimalware for Azure, which offers customers the ability to install an anti-malware agent for both cloud services and virtual machines.

A preview of the next version of ASP.NET, a streamlined framework and runtime that helps developers optimise the cloud and server workloads to the highest standard, was also presented. ASP.NET vNext will be a new Microsoft contribution to the .NET Foundation as an open source project.

The TechEd North America 2014 runs from 12-15 May.

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