Why Microsoft Azure should be on top of your learning list

Today was the opening keynote of TechEd in Houston. Regardless of what’s earlier been said about Houston there wasn’t any problems detected today. Instead Microsoft launched a number of new features in and around Azure.

So what’s been said today? And what does it mean for the IT-pro?

Bigger VM’s

A8 and A9. More CPU, more ram, faster interconnects. This allows those companies running HPC workloads or data mining to finish faster.

Azure Files

Your own SMB share in Azure. Accessible from multiple Virtual Machines simultaneously.

Microsoft SCEP and Symantec/Trend Micro partnership

Protecting your VM’s and cloud services. And not only with our products but with Symantec or Trends products. You can choose.

Network improvements

Internal Load balancing – load balancing with private IP’s

Multiple site-to-site VPN, and VNET-to-VNet connectivity.

Reserved IP’s and public IP’s for VM’s

Azure Site Recovery

Replicate your virtual machines to Azure and failover if you need to. A secondary site for EVERYONE…

Azure RemoteApp

Remote applications from Azure to your devices and computers.

And that’s not even the complete list. You can sign up for the preview features here!

So what does this mean for the IT-pro?

The landscape for the IT-pros is rapidly changing. A few years ago virtualization in-house was the frontline of IT, but those days are quickly vanishing. To stay relevant now, and in the future, a knowledge of hybrid cloud, PowerShell and people centric IT (as it’s called) will be needed. The business side of many companies are buying cloud services today, it might be projektplace or salesforce but the step to getting their own VM isn’t that big. If you can’t deliver services from IT as cheap and rapidly as cloud services can do it it’s time to start thinking about how to solve that problem.

If someone had told me 10 years ago, or 20 years ago when I started in this industry that I’d deploy servers on the internet through a web page I would’ve laughed.

Today I can deploy 50 servers in less than 15 minutes with 5 lines of PowerShell.

How are you going to stay ahead of the game?

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