The Ignite 2015 conference took off on Monday, and there was plenty of news to share regarding servers, IT news, Office, and more. One of the more exciting things on display though was about Azure. The Azure to your datacenter was easily one of the biggest ideas on display during the show.
Mike Neil, Microsoft’s General Manager for Windows Server detailed what is coming for Azure and datacenters. As more enterprise and small businesses are upgrading to Azure, Microsoft is making it easier for companies to use it, including integrating it in their datacenters.
The Microsoft Azure Stack was the first thing on display, and it is a next generation cloud infrastructure that brings Azure IaaS and PaaS capabilities to customers’ datacenters. IT professionals can use Azure Resource Manager to launch instances and get Azure going anytime and anywhere.
The Azure Stack packages up the Microsoft investments and automates them into delivery to datacenters. This can include network controllers, storage solutions, shielded virutal machines, and workloads for any instance. All of this will be available to try later this summer according to Microsoft.
Other Ignite Azure News
Microsoft also announced the next versions of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 during Ignite 2015 in Chicago. It will be available for IT professionals to try out this week, and comes with a number of updates. Its increased provisioning, monitoring, and automation capabilities should please many.
It also includes increased Linux management and software defined datacenter management. This is important with IT professionals managing mixed mode cluster upgrades, and who manage Linux servers. Additionally, software-defined networking at scale gets upgrades with monitoring updates for Azure, Office 365, AQL Server, and Exchange.
All of the news at Ignite was great. IT Professionals will love it and Microsoft was eager to show it off for them.