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October 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Microsoft outlines upcoming enterprise cloud services and products

Microsoft today announced updates and release dates for its enterprise cloud services and products, as Satya Nadella, head of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, gave a media briefing in San Francisco on Microsoft’s cloud strategy.

Nadella placed the releases in the context of being proud of Microsoft’s $20 billion share of the enterprise infrastructure business, but saying that that’s still a small share “compared to the $2 trillion at play” as businesses move to the cloud. He also touted Microsoft as being the only cloud services and infrastructure provider that offered widely used cloud software services (such as Office 365), a scalable global public cloud (Azure), and that provides infrastructure for companies to build their own clouds on.

“We’re the only vendor that does all three,” he said, when asked about how Microsoft is different from its cloud competitors.

(By the way, when Nadella was asked if he was a candidate to succeed Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who announced he will retire when his successor is chosen sometime before next September, Nadella said:  “Steve is very much the CEO today and I’m very excited about my job. That’s about the sum total of what I will say about that.”

{Of the huge, recent companywide reorganization, Nadella said: “This One Microsoft reorganization is just fantastic. I celebrate the ability to decouple our engineering efforts” from the marketing efforts.)

Among the upcoming releases announced today:

  • Next week, Microsoft will release a second preview of SQL Server 2014, its database server and data management system.
  • On Oct. 18, Microsoft will release Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, Visual Studio 2013, the new .NET 4.5.1., and the newest version of Windows InTune.
  • Microsoft introduced its Windows Azure U.S. Government Cloud, which offers government customers a dedicated community cloud for data, applications and infrastructure, hosted in the continental U.S. and managed by U.S. personnel.
  • Later this month, Microsoft will release Windows Azure HDInsight Servce, a Hadoop-based service that works with SQL Server and commonly used business intelligence tools.
  • Also scheduled to launch later this month is Dynamics CRM Online Fall ’13, the on-premises version of which is expected to be available later this fall.
  • On Nov. 1, Microsoft will offer Enterprise Agreement customers access to discounted Windows Azure prices with no overuse penalties and no requirement for an upfront commitment. This is designed to woo businesses that have mainly on-premises software solutions to move more toward the cloud by offering a hybrid solution that combines some cloud (with Windows Azure) with the use of the on-premises software solutions.

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