Infrastructure guys love the cloud. Recently, it’s becoming clear that developers love it too!
Microsoft’s cloud services are the future and Microsoft is doing all it can to bring developers to Azure — not just the existing crowd of .Net folks, but developers from all walks of life. (Interesting side note, Microsoft is even installing underwater data centers!)
Microsoft’s next step is to make Azure into something developers can directly leverage, and not just by renting a slice of Microsoft’s data center, as everyone else does. The next big attraction is Azure Service Fabric, which are the same tools used to build the Azure applications in use today.
The plan is to allow devs to deploy those bits on their own local instances of Windows Server and run Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers on that fabric to create their own hybrid cloud for PaaS micro services. Common maintenance ops features like updating, rolling back, health monitoring, auto-scaling and load balancing in the field are now built into the product.
Developers will spend less time architecting and more time developing.
If the industry is leaving VMs for container technology and apps that scale, Microsoft wants to be part of that — not just by offering container technologies of its own or interoperating with existing ones, but by making the move to containers as easy and pre-packaged as possible.
The less people have flashbacks to their last OpenStack experience, the better.
Microsoft might well offer Azure Service Fabric under an open license. Combine that with the freshly open sourced language and development tools also under Microsoft’s realm, and it’s possible the Fabric might end up swaddling more than just Windows and Microsoft developers.
One thing Microsoft is not giving away is cloud services like Visual Studio Online. Those are guaranteed to remain for-pay resources, even as many of the pieces (like .Net) become commodities. The latest wave of Azure improvements is aimed at satisfying core Microsoft developers. Azure App Services, for instance, takes a group of Azure and Microsoft services (the two are becoming interchangeable) and makes them available to app developers in a friendly way.
Microsoft’s cloud plans are broader than any one glance might hint at. By the company’s own definition, its cloud doesn’t just include Azure, but everything from Office 365 to Power BI as well. Azure underpins it all and ties it all together.
As developers are empowered to make use of it, Azure will seem like a genuinely transformative offering.
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