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Microsoft's big Azure announcement is a Cloud in a Box

Simon Bisson | Oct. 21, 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Cloud and Enterprise EVP Scott Guthrie used an event in San Francisco today to give an update on its Azure cloud platform, launching its on premises Cloud Platform System and the Azure Marketplace, where ISVs and developers can sell services and applications to Azure users.

In his presentation Guthrie reiterated Microsoft's view that there will only be three at-scale cloud platform vendors: Microsoft, Amazon, and Google. With today's announcements it's clear that Microsoft intends to be the largest of those three, encompassing all aspects of the public and private clouds. It's a big ambition, now Redmond needs to deliver.


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