Microsoft Azure Review of 2014

2014 has been a massive year for Microsoft Azure. We have seen Azure show up as the only leader across PaaS, IaaS and Storage according to Gartner and is now positioned very strongly against competitors like Amazon and Google, in fact in terms of data centre reach Azure is twice the size of AWS and 6 times that of Google. This is an impressive acceleration and it makes for a very interesting 2015.

We have even seen a rebranding to Microsoft Azure from Windows Azure: a step I think was crucial in dispelling the myth that Azure was good for Windows only workloads. We are now seeing over 20% Linux workloads on VMs and the developer support for languages like PHP, Java, Node.JS and more is second to none.

So here is a summary of the major enhancements this year:

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September 2014