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Microsoft's Azure Stack brings the cloud to your data centre

Above Microsoft headquarters in Redmond Above Microsoft headquarters in Redmond
Theresa Hayes | 11 July, 2017, 14:42

The company has introduced two Microsoft 365 offerings. It provides customers with the latest and most advanced technology for empowering employees.

Microsoft 365 Enterprise includes Office 365 Enterprise, Windows 10 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security and is offered in two plans - Microsoft 365 E3 and Microsoft 365 E5.

Microsoft 365 Business is designed for small-to medium-sized businesses with up to 300 users and integrates Office 365 Business Premium with tailored security and management features from Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.

Microsoft on Monday released Azure Stack, which effectively allows an organization to use the company's Azure cloud service within its own datacenter.

"One of the key things we truly believe is that hybrid is a key differentiator for us and a steady state for our customers", Mike Neil, Microsoft's corporate vice president for Azure Infrastructure and Management, told TechCrunch.

Azure Stack is created to bring numerous features of the Azure cloud computing platform into the enterprise data center, providing hybrid cloud customers with the flexibility and innovation capabilities created to meet the business objectives of those adopting a data transformation strategy.

Microsoft noted that Azure Stack will be offered on a consumption-based model, which is relatively atypical for on-premises offerings. It is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Microsoft expects to begin the certification process for orderable Azure Stack integrated systems with initial systems shipping in September.

To top off the list of announcements, Microsoft has chose to make a "material investment" in its partner's apps.

In simpler words, Azure is an Internet-based service where you get access to fundamentally unlimited pay-as-you-go supercomputing power, based in Microsoft's globe-spanning data centers.

To build on this incredible momentum, Microsoft is making additional investments to accelerate Azure co-sell over the next 12 months. "We are excited to be an at-launch partner for Azure Stack and look forward to our continued collaboration with Microsoft in the future". Through this new program partners can purchase core Dynamics 365, Power BI, Power Apps and Microsoft Flow capabilities as embeddable "building blocks" at discounts of up to 50 percent.

Asserting that cloud is foundational to enabling digital transformation, the Indian American CEO said they are now moving beyond big data and even machine learning capabilities to be able to infuse cognitive capabilities, like computer vision and understanding natural language, into the applications one builds. This helps lower development overhead and costs by putting Microsoft's engineering resources to work for them. Tens of thousands more are tuning into the virtual event.