Microsoft cloud service improvements announced

Big Data

"While the vast majority of organizations have moved to a cloud-first technology strategy, most are still early on realizing this strategy due to a number of aspects from complexity of existing systems to incomplete cloud capabilities, to emerging privacy regulations," said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft's cloud and enterprise group, at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando on Monday, September 25.

Included in Guthrie’s press release was the announcement of Microsoft about the Azure Data Box which enables fast and secure data migration to Azure. Businesses can order the Data Box from the Azure portal, load it with up to 100TB of data, and ship it back to Microsoft, which will ingest it into Azure.

Azure Stack allows organizations to build and deploy apps using the same APIs, tools, and experiences they would have in the Azure cloud to enable consistent development across cloud and on-premises. "Now developers can build one application and have it run in Azure or locally on Azure Stack, opening up new uses cases such as edge and disconnected solutions and meeting literally every regulatory requirement," Guthrie stated.

Microsoft also announced the general availability of SQL Server 2017—the first version of the SQL Server to run on Windows Server, Linux, and Docker. SQL Server 2017 enables in-database advanced machine learning, with support for scalable Python and R-based analytics.




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