Alike many of the best inventions, Microsoft Azure was sort of discovered by accident. While it was initially developed as a way to support Microsoft’s online services, from Hotmail to search, it transformed into something much bigger when Bill Gates stimulated the small group of engineers to go public with the project, according to a report by the Source.
The 1st version of Microsoft’s public cloud, which was called Microsoft Windows Azure at the time, launched in 2010. The rest, as they say, is history.
Here are 5 things to know about Microsoft Azure from Microsoft Azure corporate VC Jason Zander, who sat down for an interview with Network World.
- Office 365 Acts as Gateway to Microsoft Azure
Jason Zander states that having Office 365 “certainly paves the way for additional wins.” Other Microsoft cloud-based services including SharePoint Online and Azure Active Directory help familiarize customers to the cloud.
“The way we help customers is if you choose to start on your cloud journey with one of these modules it’s easy to adopt the next because they are really designed to integrate very well together,” Jason Zander states.
- Demand for IaaS “Crazy Off the Hook”
Microsoft Azure revenue raised 116 percent in the most recent quarter. Though Microsoft doesn’t break out “explicit revenue for IaaS” Jason Zander is that the demand for IaaS is “crazy off the hook.”
“I’m building out stuff as fast as I probably can. We organize more servers in a day now than we did in an entire year in 2011 and that just lasts to compound. I’ve got the team turning 24/7/365 just to keep up with the demand.”
- Range of Cloud Workloads
Allowing to Jason Zander, the most common way that customers start with Microsoft Azure is websites that they’re trying to make public for B2C engagement.
“DevTest is indeed another big one. There’s also a lot of work around hybrid scenarios, even starting off with modest things like doing backup, disaster recovery and being able to failover from your own data center into our data center. Those all make sense for a lot of firms.”
Gradually, Jason Zander states, firms are turning to public cloud for more specialized workloads, including SAP.
- Containers Help Bridge Linux, Windows
In the interview, Jason Zander touted Microsoft’s investment in Docker projects, both as a provider on the open source side, and within using containers for Microsoft products over the past 5 years.
Microsoft Azure will continue to support containers for Linux and Windows, Jason Zander states.
“The other thing I’d say is we’re basically an open platform and so from that perspective we’re supporting all assignments whether they’re Linux or Windows, open source or not, take your pick, it doesn’t really matter,” Jason Zander states. “At this point I feel like we’re entirely positioned to bridge those Linux and Windows ecosystems.”
- Every Company will be a Software Company
Jason Zander states that to support more traditional companies using software and data to optimize their business, Microsoft wants to is “democratize that technology and make it more accessible not only to developers who build software but also those customers that want to get insights.”
“We’ve got a very comprehensive solution that starts all the way down with developers and APIs in hardware and goes all the way up into things like Power BI and Excel,” he stated. “We offer ways to control that same kind of technology but you don’t have to be a software or data scientist to be able to do it.”