Azure Connect — Episode 3–2019 Retrospective
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This is a biweekly show about all things Azure. We share our thoughts, opinions and learnings about whats current, whats coming and whats annoying about Microsoft’s cloud offering. We may even hint at AWS.
Hi, I’m Alistair Pugin, your host, and this is Warren du Toit, our resident Azure expert. If you are new, welcome, grab a coffee or whiskey, if you are returning, we glad you actually watch the show.
This is Episode 3. The first one for 2020.
And in this episode we take a look back at 2019 retrospective and what we loved about it.
But where did it all start?
It was ten years ago, in February 2010, that Microsoft first made generally available ts public cloud service — originally known as Windows Azure and later just plain Azure. Microsoft had announced publicly its plans for Azure, codenamed “Red Dog,” two years earlier at its Professional Developers Conference, at a time when Amazon already had been selling Amazon Web Services for two years. Three of the original Azure founding team are still at Microsoft today and two of them recently shared their observations and lessons learned from the past decade with me here.
June 2012: Microsoft begins offering Linux on Azure. Microsoft originally launched Azure as a Platform-as-a-Service play only. Later, officials saw the money — and potentially the low-hanging customer fruit — was in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service space. June 2012 is when Microsoft began offering Linux and Windows Server on Azure. As of the fall of 2018, more than half of all the virtual machines on Azure were running Linux.
July 2017: Microsoft launches Azure Stack. Microsoft and a handful of server partners started selling Azure Stack, “an extension of Azure,” preloaded on servers which customers and/or partners could run in their own datacenters. Microsoft cloud rivals Amazon and Google downplayed the customer need for hybrid computing until fairly recently.
What were our Top 5 Azure announcements, features, things to get excited about in 2019:
- Dev Ops
- New interface — 10 updates
- Azure ARC
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