Azure Batch and Azure Automation unveiled at TechEd Europe

Rebecca Lambert
Rebecca Lambert
By Rebecca Lambert on 29 October 2014
Azure Batch and Azure Automation unveiled at TechEd Europe

Microsoft has unveiled several cloud services, including Azure Batch, at its annual TechEd Europe event, which is taking place in Barcelona.

Available in public preview, Azure Batch takes advantage of the technology from GreenButton, which was acquired by Microsoft earlier this year. The solution allow customers to deploy massive scale-out jobs, with access to thousands of cores, to solve complex problems with just a few clicks and no infrastructure investment.

According to Vibhor Kapoor, director of Microsoft Azure product marketing, the solution “delivers job scheduling as a service, making it easy to run large-scale parallel and high performance computing work in Azure.” This means it can be used to help with tasks such as calculating risk for banks and insurance companies, designing new consumer and industrial products, sequencing genes and developing new drugs, searching for new energy sources, rendering 3D animations, transcoding video and more.

Microsoft has also made another cloud solution, Azure Automation, generally available. Azure Automation automates time-consuming tasks across Azure and third-party environments, reducing the risk associated with repetitive manual processes.

And as of next month, customers will be able to preview Azure Operational Insights, which brings together Azure, HDInsight and Microsoft System Center to gather and analyse machine data across cloud environments and turn it into actionable insights.

Microsoft also announced the launch of a new Azure Marketplace that brings together the strength of Azure’s partner ecosystem within a single, unified platform. Customers around the world can now search, purchase and deploy a wide variety of solutions from the likes of New Relic, Cloudera, Hortonworks, CommVault, CoreOS, DataStax, NGINX and Veeam.

“With these new services and what we bring to market in the future at an aggressive pace, our goal is to power scale, choice and innovation in your business,” said Kapoor.

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