Microsoft Enhances Azure SaaS Platform with SQL Elastic Pools and CDN Options
Microsoft is investing heavily in its Azure service with the announcement yesterday of the availability of two new regions in Canada and one coming soon to Seoul, South Korea. Today, the company is announcing two services that are moving into general availability: SQL database elastic pools and a partnership with Akamai for Azure CDN.
If you are using SQL databases with Azure, the general availability of elastic pools will make your life a lot easier. This feature allows developers to manage a few or up to thousands of databases as one data pool while maintaining data isolation. While this feature entered preview last year, the company now feels that it is ready for production environments, and it is already being used by several of its customers in live environments.
Also being announced today is the general availability of Azure CDN from Akamai. This means that Azure CDN now offers multiple solutions (Akamai and Verizon) to customers and allows them to pick the best solution for delivering their content.
Say Goodbye to Traditional PC Lifecycle Management
Traditional IT tools, including Microsoft SCCM, Ghost Solution Suite, and KACE, often require considerable custom configurations by T3 technicians (an expensive and often elusive IT resource) to enable management of a hybrid onsite + remote workforce. In many cases, even with the best resources, organizations are finding that these on-premise tools simply cannot support remote endpoints consistently and reliably due to infrastructure limitations.
Both of these services add additional value to Azure, which will help the company compete against the likes of Amazon and Google. With Google ramping up its service offering in the cloud space and Amazon frequently announcing new products for its AWS portfolio, every company involved in the cloud space is eagerly fighting for a larger slice of this growing billion-dollar industry segment.