Delivering a complete cloud for every business, industry and geography

Today I joined our CEO Satya Nadella onstage in San Francisco to talk about Microsoft’s approach to delivering the industry’s complete cloud – one for every business, every industry and every geography. Cloud is transforming our world today at an accelerated pace and businesses are redefining what is possible with Microsoft’s cloud. From creating an intelligent asset monitoring system that improves business operations in real time, to reaching millions of users on every imaginable device, to storing and distributing massive amounts of data – the cloud is behind it all.

When I talk to customers and startups about how to meet today’s business challenges with cloud, I talk to them about what our cloud platform can uniquely do to transform their businesses. The first way we are different is our hyper-scale – and this matters because it gives customers the ability to reach the maximum number of their customers, realize incredible economic value and run the most challenging workloads. The second is our focus on being enterprise grade. We’ve been helping enterprises run their business for years and our cloud meets the critical security, reliability and availability needs they have. We also deliver on the promise of an open platform – supporting all the languages, tools and frameworks they need and want to run. Finally, our focus on hybrid ensures our enterprise customers get the power of the cloud where they want it – in our public cloud, service provider clouds or in their clouds.

Today we announced several innovations to help accelerate our customers’ adoption of cloud computing. Our new G-series virtual machines, along with Premium Storage, will enable customers to run the most demanding workloads in the largest virtual machines available in the public cloud today. The Microsoft Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell, is the next step in hybrid cloud and brings all our learnings running Azure to your datacenter. Finally, we announced the new Azure Marketplace, an easy way for startups and ISVs to connect with enterprises and Azure customers everywhere so their innovative solutions can be deployed in just a few clicks. Last week we announced a partnership with Docker and today I’m excited to have CoreOS and Cloudera join them, Oracle and hundreds of other partners in the Azure Marketplace.

These innovations are just a few of the more than 300 major enhancements we’ve made to Azure in the last 12 months. This rapid innovation across our core areas of differentiation – hyper-scale, enterprise grade and hybrid – is what gives us the ability to deliver the industry’s most complete cloud – for every business, every industry and every geography.