Microsoft unleashes fall wave of enterprise cloud solutions

         Microsoft unleashes fall wave of enterprise cloud solutions

New Windows Server, System Center, Visual Studio, Windows Azure, Windows
Intune, SQL Server, and Dynamics solutions will accelerate cloud benefits for

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REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 7, 2013

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Microsoft Corp. on Monday
announced a wave of new enterprise products and services to help companies
seize the opportunities of cloud computing and overcome today's top IT
challenges. Complementing Office 365 and other services, these new offerings
deliver on Microsoft's enterprise cloud strategy.


Satya Nadella, Cloud and Enterprise executive vice president, said, "As
enterprises move to the cloud they are going to bet on vendors that have
best-in-class software as a service applications, operate a global public
cloud that supports a broad ecosystem of third party services, and deliver
multi-cloud mobility through true hybrid solutions. If you look across the
vendor landscape, you can see that only Microsoft is truly delivering in all
of those areas." More comments from Nadella can be found on The Official
Microsoft Blog.

Hybrid infrastructure and modern applications
To help customers build IT infrastructure that delivers continuous services
and applications across clouds, on Oct. 18 Microsoft will release Windows
Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2. Together, these new products empower
companies to create datacenters without boundaries using Hyper-V for
high-scale virtualization; high-performance storage at dramatically lower
costs; built-in, software-defined networking; and hybrid business continuity.
The new Windows Azure Pack runs on top of Windows Server and System Center,
enabling enterprises and service providers to deliver self-service
infrastructure and platforms from their datacenters.

Building on these hybrid cloud platforms, customers can use Visual Studio 2013
and the new .NET 4.5.1, also available Oct. 18, to create modern applications
for devices and services. As software development becomes pervasive within
every company, the new Visual Studio 2013 Modern Lifecycle Management solution
helps enable development teams, businesspeople and IT managers to build and
deliver better applications, faster.

Enabling enterprise cloud adoption
Recognizing that most enterprises will take a hybrid approach to cloud,
Microsoft wants to help customers utilize their investments in on-premises
software solutions toward the adoption of cloud computing. On Nov. 1, ^
Microsoft will offer Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers access to discounted
Windows Azure prices, regardless of upfront commitment, without overuse
penalties and with the flexibility of annual payments.

As another part of this effort to reduce cloud adoption barriers, Microsoft on
Monday announced a strategic partnership with Equinix Inc. Building on
recently announced partnerships with AT&T and others, this alliance will
provide customers with even more options for private and fast connections to
the cloud. Customers will be able to connect their networks with Windows Azure
at Equinix exchange locations for greater throughput, availability and
security features.

Governments are among the most demanding enterprise customers. To help U.S.
federal, state and local government agencies realize the benefits of public
cloud computing, Microsoft is introducing its Windows Azure US Government
Cloud. This will offer U.S. government customers a dedicated community cloud
for data, applications and infrastructure, hosted in the continental U.S. and
managed by U.S. personnel. Windows Azure has been granted FedRAMP Joint
Authorization Board Provisional Authority to Operate, making it the first
public cloud of its kind to achieve this level of government authorization.

Data platform and insights
As part of its vision to help more people unlock actionable insights from big
data, Microsoft next week will release a second preview of SQL Server 2014.
The new version offers industry-leading in-memory technologies at no
additional cost, giving customers 10 times to 30 times performance
improvements without application rewrites or new hardware. SQL Server 2014
also works with Windows Azure to give customers built-in cloud backup and
disaster recovery.

For big data analytics, later this month Microsoft will release Windows Azure
HDInsight Service, an Apache Hadoop-based service that works with SQL Server
and widely used business intelligence tools, such as Microsoft Excel and Power
BI for Office 365. With Power BI, people can combine private and public data
in the cloud for rich visualizations and fast insights.

People and devices in the cloud
The proliferation of cloud applications, data and consumer devices is moving
many enterprises to a bring-your-own-device model. The new release of Windows
Intune, also available Oct. 18, combines with System Center Configuration
Manager to help IT departments give mobile employees security-enhanced access
to the applications and data they need on the Windows, iOS and Android devices
of their choice. This unified management environment for PCs and mobile
devices complements the new access and information protection capabilities in
Windows Server 2012 R2.

Further, with Windows Server 2012 R2 Microsoft is introducing the Microsoft
Remote Desktop app, available for download in applications stores later this
month, to provide easy access to PCs and virtual desktops on variety of
devices and platforms, including Windows, Windows RT, iOS, OS X and Android.

Software as a service business solutions
The next major version of the company's CRM solution, Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Online Fall '13 will be available later this month, helping make customer
interactions more personal via contextual information for deeper insights than
the previous version, delivered on a variety of devices.^* The on-premises
version is expected to be available later in the fall for deployment either
in-house or hosted by a partner. More information is available here. In
addition, Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 is available today, offering small
and midsize businesses interoperability with Office 365, full multitenant
support, and a range of tools designed to support large-scale hosting of the
application on Windows Azure.

More information on Monday's announcements can be found at the Microsoft News

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software,
services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full

^* Devices include Windows 8 tablets and iPad tablets with Microsoft Dynamics
CRM 2013; Windows Phone 8, iPhone and Android phone shortly following the
release of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

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