Microsoft reveals series of new solutions at AzureCon

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 30 September 2015
Microsoft reveals series of new solutions at AzureCon

Microsoft has revealed a number of new solutions as part of the company’s AzureCon event.

Spanning containers, security, infrastructure and the internet of things (IoT), the new solutions will help organisations transform their business and meet the demands of the ‘mobile-first, cloud-first world’.

“We live in a connected world, and the intelligent cloud is powering it all,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division. “As data and devices continue to proliferate, there is vast opportunity for businesses to tap into their data to make their applications more intelligent. Through our offerings across applications, data and IoT, and cloud infrastructure, we are enabling companies to innovate more easily and rapidly, using the tools and platforms they know and love.”

Containerisation is becoming an increasingly popular way for businesses to maximise the value of their applications, and Microsoft has launched a new Azure Container Service that according to an official press release combines ‘the openness of Apache Mesos and Docker with the hyper-scale of Azure for container orchestration and management’.

The new service enables organisations that are using Azure to easily deploy and configure Mesos to cluster and schedule ‘Dockerised’ applications across multiple virtual hosts. The service is based on open source and will therefore support Windows Server containers in the future. It will be available for preview before the end of 2015.

Microsoft has also made its Azure IoT Suite available, which can be quickly integrated with existing processes, devices and systems to enable companies to build scale IoT projects across their business.

A new ecosystem of Microsoft partners has also been announced, whose offerings have been tested and certified and can enable businesses to take their IoT projects from the testing to production stage. The partner list includes BeagleBone, Freescale, Intel, Raspberry Pi, Resin.io, Seeed Technology, and Texas Instruments.

Microsoft has expanded its Azure Data Lake, which simplifies big data processing and analytics.

Microsoft Azure Services will also now be available in India, providing customers with data residency and replication in multiple regions. This will help fuel innovation and digital transformation within the country. <

Other announcements at AzureCon included the unveiling of Azure Security Center – a new integrated experience that provides customers with visibility and control of the security of their Azure resources – and the N-Series of Azure Virtual Machines powered by NVIDIA GPUs.

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