Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft Continues Hybrid Cloud Focus with New Services

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Microsoft has launched several new services focused on hybrid cloud that build on its multi-device cloud strategy at its TechEd North America conference this week. 

Along with its recently announced private cloud connections, called Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, Microsoft launched a preview of Microsoft Azure Files, a single file share from multiple virtual machines, and the availability of compute-intensive virtual machine sizes, in-region and cross-region virtual networking connections, and reserved IP addresses.

“Mobility and cloud are the future of business, and the future is now,” Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise Division said. “Our differentiated cloud innovations, comprehensive mobile productivity solutions and developer tools help all of our customers realize the true potential of the cloud era.”

Azure API Management is also available in preview starting Monday, which lets customers expose APIs through the cloud.

Cloud security was also a focus of the announcements, including Microsoft Azure Site Recovery, formerly Hyper-V Recovery Manager, which offers enhanced disaster recovery in the cloud. Recently, a Microsoft-commissioned survey found that companies that use disaster recovery in the cloud have reported improved SLAs.

Microsoft Antimalware for Azure allows customers the ability to install an anti-malware agent for both cloud services and virtual machines.

In July, Microsoft will begin to deploy new encryption technology for Microsoft Office 365 business customers.

Encryption, particularly for email services, has gained popularity in recent months over privacy and security concerns. Recently, Microsoft changed its policy around accessing user information after getting in trouble from customers for snooping in a customer’s Hotmail account.

On the mobile side, Microsoft is offering Office mobile app management with Windows Intune later this year, and in preview, Microsoft Azure RemoteApp, which gives mobile access to Windows applications across a range of devices.

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