Satya Nadella took to the stage today in San Francisco where he and Scott Guthrie outlined the company’s latest additions to its Azure platform and sprinkled in a little bit of other content as well. The event lasted about 45 minutes and if you didn’t have time to watch the event, we have a quick recap to bring you up to speed.
The theme for the event, to no surprise based on the invitation and the speakers, was Microsoft’s Azure platform. With new regions opening up, more love for Linux and new partnerships with Dell, there was a lot talked about today.
- General availability of Azure in the Australia region next week – by the end of 2014, Microsoft Azure will be operational in 19 regions around the world, at least double the amount of any other public cloud provider
- G-series of virtual machines and Azure Premium Storage – helping deliver the enterprise-grade scale and performance that enterprises and developers need to run the most demanding workloads in the cloud
- Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), powered by Dell – delivering an “Azure consistent cloud in a box” with pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft
CoreOS, the popular container-based Linux operating system, is now available to all Azure customers. Customers can deploy CoreOS images directly from the Azure Marketplace starting Monday. This broadens Microsoft’s first-class support for Linux on Azure.