Microsoft releases a flood of new products to support the company's "cloud-first, mobile-first" strategy at this week's TechEd conference in Houston.
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After announcing nearly 40 Azure features at last month's Build conference, Microsoft didn't let up at this week's TechEd conference in Houston. The company unveiled a range of products to fill out new CEO Satya Nadella's "cloud-first, mobile-first" strategy.
"How can there be two firsts?" said Microsoft Corporate VP Brad Anderson, who presided over the keynote. "They're one and the same. You can't have a cloud without connected devices and vice versa. [Otherwise,] all you have is potential that goes untapped."
Tapping that data, of course, is complicated. It involves not only connecting devices to the cloud, but also a host of security and management concerns. To help organizations close the gaps (and to show, as Anderson repeatedly point out, how quickly Microsoft is iterating these days), Microsoft unleashed a deluge of products, some of which are available immediately and others coming later this year.
Microsoft kicked things off with Azure ExpressRoute, which lets companies establish private connections between on-premise assets and Azure. Available immediately, it's supported by partnerships between Microsoft and telecom providers such as AT&T, Level 3, and Verizon.
Microsoft Azure Files, announced as a preview, is designed to simplify how users securely share files across devices and the cloud. Azure API Management, another preview release, enables companies to expose APIs through the cloud.
Coming as a preview in June, Microsoft Azure Site Recovery, known previously as Hyper-V Recovery Manager,
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