Microsoft has announced a bunch of new enterprise cloud solutions coming this fall.
On October 18th, the company will release Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 for businesses to create data centers, as well as Visual Studio 2013 and the new .NET 4.5.1 for app creation.
On November 1st, the company will start offering Enterprise Agreement customers access to discounted Windows Azure prices.
The company announced a strategic partnership with Equinix to provide customers with more cloud connection options. This follows similar previously announced partnerships with AT&T and others. Customers will be able to connect their networks with Windows Azure at Equinix exchange locations.
Microsoft introduced Windows Azure US Government Cloud for government customers, and Windows Azure has been granted "FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board Provisional Authority to Operate," which the company says makes it the first public cloud of its kind to achieve this level of government authorization.
Next week, the company will release a second preview of SQL Server 2014 with increased performance improvements. Later this month, Microsoft will release Windows Azure HDInsight Service, an Apache Hadoop-based service that works with SQL Server for big data analytics.
On October 18th, Microsoft will release Windows Intune aimed at helping IT departments give mobile employees secure access to apps and data.Later this month, they're also launching a Microsoft Remote Desktop app for Windows Server 2012 R2.
Also coming later this month is Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ’13. Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 R2 is now available.
“As enterprises move to the cloud they are going to bet on vendors that have best-in-class software as a service applications, operate a global public cloud that supports a broad ecosystem of third party services, and deliver multi-cloud mobility through true hybrid solutions," said Satya Nadella, Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise executive vice president. "If you look across the vendor landscape, you can see that only Microsoft is truly delivering in all of those areas.”
More details about all these releases here.