At its first-ever Ignite Conference, Microsoft has announced a range of new products and services that would help IT professionals lead their companies in the new era of enterprise computing, including the “next generation” of hybrid cloud infrastructure and SQL Server.
“No business can succeed and scale without IT innovating and transforming,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Empowering IT professionals is a key part of Microsoft’s technology agenda spanning Windows 10, Office 365, Azure and other cloud technologies.”
Microsoft’s new, intelligent cloud solutions include:
- Next-generation hybrid cloud – Introduced now and in preview this summer, Microsoft Azure Stack brings the Azure user experience and both infrastructure and platform-as-a-service capabilities into customers’ datacenters. With Azure Stack IT teams would be able to easily blend enterprise applications with modern, distributed applications and services while maintaining centralized oversight. Built on the same core technology as Azure, Azure Stack extends Microsoft’s investments in secured, more flexible software-defined infrastructure. The next preview of Windows Server 2016 is available today, providing a platform for enterprise and cloud applications, with technologies such as Nano Server, a lightweight installation option. Available today, Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a cloud-based solution that extends System Center capabilities for management across almost any hybrid cloud, including Azure, third-party clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Windows Server, Linux, VMware or OpenStack. OMS extends System Center 2016, which is also available in preview this week.
- SQL Server 2016 – in preview this summer, would take a major leap forward with a database and analytics platform that provides breakthrough performance for mission-critical applications and deeper insights on any data across on-premises and cloud. Key capabilities include enhanced in-memory technologies with real-time operational analytics, new security and encryption technologies, built-in advanced analytics with the R language, and mobile BI for on-premises data. The new Stretch Database capability allows for cost-effective access to historical data by dynamically stretching data to Microsoft Azure.
- Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) – technology based on the recent acquisition of Aorato, is available in preview. Microsoft ATA helps IT security professionals identify security breaches and threats, using behavioral analysis and machine learning to provide clear, actionable information.
- Office 365 transparency and control enhancements – highlighted at Ignite, give customers enhanced visibility and security of their data residing within Office 365, including Customer Lockbox that provides customers with explicit approval rights for Microsoft interaction with their data.