Microsoft is targeting every business to help them optimise their IT solutions for cloud services.
Speaking to investors last month at the Citi Technology Conference in New York, Satya Nadella, president of Server and Tools at Microsoft, said that his division would focus on helping enterprise customers adopt hybrid public/private cloud solutions. As reported in the Redmond Magazine, Nadella said:
“Our mission, simply put, going forward, is to cloud optimize every business. As I have gone out and talked to CIOs, as well as ISVs, it’s very, very clear that the world of IT is going to be of hybrid IT that’s going to span public and private clouds.
So, our job number one from a Server and Tools Business is to make sure that we have the core operating system and data tiers available across public and private cloud.”
He said that current and future versions of Windows Server and System Center will be powering the private cloud deployments. He noted that 75 per cent of all Intel servers already contain Windows server elements.
Nadella added that application-based hosting with Microsoft Azure will fulfil the public cloud component, and that early adopters of Office 365 will have an advantage:
“With Office 365, we now have a fantastic effect where every 25 seconds we are adding a new customer. And, in many, many cases, those customers are first time users of server products. And so, that's a great reinforcing effect for us even on the public cloud side.”
He also wants to ease the development of custom applications that can transition to and from Office 365 and Azure:
“That's really the core to what we want to achieve in the immediate term with the public cloud. It is to really facilitate getting these two flywheels going in concert, because that's what's going to cause enterprise ISVs to really come onto Windows Azure.”
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