Microsoft, Google expand multi-cloud capabilities
by Paul Davenport Paul Davenport on

Two giants of the enterprise cloud computing space made waves this week as Microsoft and Google each announced expansions to their respective Azure and Cloud platforms that are aimed squarely at fostering increased business flexibility and multi-cloud networking.

During the launch at Microsoft Ignite, the company’s flagship annual developer’s conference, a greatly enhanced version of Azure was unveiled that expands Microsoft services to any infrastructure—a play aimed at making Microsoft the go-to enterprise solution for hybrid-cloud computing.

This comes as major enterprises across the globe have embraced multi-cloud and multi-edge computing that can connect users across a diverse array of network connections, tools and geographies. Most importantly, however, it allows Microsoft Azure products to reach and “play nice” with cloud solutions delivered by Google and Amazon.

The company also made enhancements to Azure Stack, which are aimed at both modernizing data centers and increasing interoperability for non-Microsoft solutions within them, as well as Azure IoT, which extends Azure to edge-computing devices, which are becoming increasingly critical in connecting users and collecting data in a socially-distanced world.

“Companies are accelerating their plans and scalability,” Julia White, who leads product management of Microsoft’s Cloud Platform told MarketWatch. “What has forced change is competition as much as the pandemic.”

While more details on the Microsoft product enhancements will be unveiled throughout the week, the competition isn’t sitting idly by. Google announced a new partnership with enterprise planning and business performance platform Anaplan, which has seen a huge surge in popularity since the start of the pandemic, where the solution will run on Google Cloud. This is Anaplan’s first implementation with a major cloud provider, but isn’t wholly surprising as Google has itself been an Anaplan customer for four-plus years.

The move is seen as a critically strategic one as financial institutions, in particular, are upending their legacy business models from the top-down given the new realities of a post-pandemic world.

While all of these major deals are being completed today, businesses need to start planning for how they’ll incorporate new systems and solutions into their existing network infrastructure (while planning for potential rearchitecting in the near future). To navigate all of this change, enterprise IT teams need to ensure they have visibility across all of their network connections – from their data center backbones to the edge devices monitoring conditions at the remote office.

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