Microsoft Azure continues to be an important and growing element in the company’s transition to focusing on “cloud-first, mobile-first” productivity. Azure revenues jumped 102% year-over-year in Microsoft’s last quarterly financial report, and it’s clear that the cloud services platform will become ever more important in maintaining the company’s profitability and revenue growth.
Today, the Azure blog posted a video that provides a look at the upcoming Azure Stack Technical Preview and some other updates. According to the Azure team:
We have also heard questions around the integrated systems hardware strategy, with concerns around flexibility, cost, and size. So, we asked Vijay Tewari to sit down with us and provide some insights behind our vision and rationale for integrated systems in this short video. The video provides insight into their top engineering design goals, the value of having software tightly connected with specific hardware, and how they ultimately think about lifecycle management of this system. One point worth reemphasizing is the prioritization of integrated systems from Dell, HPE, and Lenovo, as a starting point. As we have done in other cases in the past, we will continue to broaden our support for a diverse hardware ecosystem that allows customer choice and configuration from a certified catalog of solutions.
If you’re interested in Azure or responsible for its use at your organization, then you’ll want to check this video out. Let us know in the comments if you come across anything particularly helpful.