Microsoft Talks Cloud, Visual Studio Tools at TechEd

Microsoft opened its TechEd 2012 conference with a discussion of its updated cloud platform around Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure, along with new Visual Studio tools in Microsoft Team Foundation Server and LightSwitch.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Microsoft kicked off its 20th annual TechEd North America conference by highlighting its new Windows Server 2012 operating system, its cloud platform and supporting tools.

Microsoft Server and Tools Business President Satya Nadella welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 10,000 to the era of the cloud operating system (OS) for infrastructure at the event here on June 11. Nadella described how the cloud OS drives both the modern datacenter and enables the development and management of modern applications, demonstrating how customers can benefit from this transformation with agility, focus and lower costs.

Nadella also announced updates to the Microsoft's developer tools and availability of the next release of Windows Intune, the company's cloud-based solution for PC and mobile device management and security.

Windows Server 2012 is a cloud-optimized server OS for customers of all sizes, and Windows Azure, updated with new services and features, delivers both infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service capabilities, Microsoft said. Built to complement each other with consistent development, management and identity, they make it easier to create, migrate, deploy and manage applications across public, private and hybrid clouds.

"The operating system does two things: it looks after the hardware, and it provides a platform for applications. The modern datacenter and modern apps put more pressure than ever on infrastructure to become truly cloud-optimized, and that's where Microsoft builds on our legacy with the OS to help our customers," Nadella said in a statement. "Microsoft is your partner in the transformation of IT because only Microsoft offers the modern, yet familiar, platform that enables you to connect with the cloud on your terms."

Microsoft said customers, such as Aflac, ING Direct and Tribune Co., are already working with Microsoft to expand their datacenters into the cloud to scale on demand and help reduce infrastructure costs.

"Delivering content to thousands of users across multiple devices and platforms requires a level of infrastructure that s easier to manage and more affordable with the cloud," said Denise Schuster, senior vice president of Digital Innovations for Tribune Company, in a statement. "We are currently using various methods to deliver content via cloud services, and we re moving our digital content to Windows Azure to help us find new ways to better deliver a targeted, more personalized experience for our customer base."

This article was originally published on 06-11-2012
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