With Azure – the sky’s the limit. We’re laser focused on ensuring Azure is the best hyper-scale, enterprise grade, hybrid cloud platform. To deliver on our vision and the needs of our customers, we’ve been hard at work expanding Azure to run all over the world. Today we have 19 unique Azure regions which are clusters of datacenters enabling you to deploy and run applications closer to your customers and employees and compete in more geographic markets – this is more locations and countries than AWS and Google combined. We continue to invest billions of dollars a year to build out new infrastructure. Our cloud platform now manages more than 1 million servers. This allows you to build and run applications without worrying about your cloud platform’s capacity and enables you to scale your solutions to any size.
Gartner recently published their Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service and Microsoft has been named a Leader based on the completeness of our vision and ability to execute in the IaaS market for the second year in a row. Scott Guthrie shared his thoughts on Microsoft’s strategy and the power of ‘and’ when Gartner released this report last year.
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Microsoft is currently the only vendor to be positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, Cloud Storage Services and Server Virtualization, and we believe this validates Microsoft’s strategy to enable the power of choice as we deliver industry-leading infrastructure services, platform services and hybrid solutions. This strategy is driving significant usage and growth for Azure with more than 90,000 new Azure customer subscriptions every month and over 57% of Fortune 500 companies using Azure.
Innovation is King
Rapid innovation is core to our cloud strategy and in the last 12 months, we’ve added over 500 features and services to Azure including recent announcements:
- Azure App Service, a high productivity solution for developers who need to create enterprise-grade web and mobile apps
- Azure Service Fabric, a high control platform enabling developers and ISVs to build cloud services with a high degree of scalability and customization
- Azure Resource Manager for VMs, Storage and Networking, enabling template-based deployments of complex applications and the ability to add tags to resources for simple resource management
- Azure Data Lake, a hyper scale repository for big data analytic workloads
We have also introduced Azure Stack, Operations Management Suite, Hyper-V Containers, and other enhancements that provide consistency on-premises and in the cloud, enabling the hybrid scenarios we know customers want.
Our Customers’ Stories
The power of continuous innovation and the overall Azure platform is enabling our customers and partners to realize their business goals – whether it’s reducing costs, speeding up time to market, building differentiated solutions or all of the above. Here are great stories from some of our customers:
- Callaway Golf Reduces Costs, Improves Scalability by Moving Servers, Services to the Cloud
- Delphi Turns Every Car into a Connected Car with Affordable, Cloud-Based Telematics
- Petrobras Argentina Launches Extranet in Weeks Versus Months by Using Cloud
- HarperCollins Delivers High-Speed Access to Cloud-Based Applications Using Dedicated Link
We’re excited that Gartner recognized the completeness of our vision and ability to execute, and look forward to delivering more on this vision to our customers and partners. If you’d like to read the full report, “Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service,” you can find it at the following link.
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