TechEd North America 2014: New Azure Features Aim to Put IT Pros' Trust in the Cloud

TechEd North America 2014: New Azure Features Aim to Put IT Pros' Trust in the Cloud

Microsoft is holding strong on its commitment to move customers toward a mobile-first, cloud-first world, and that was evident during the company's TechEd North America keynote in Houston.

Related: Microsoft Announces Slew of Improvements to Windows Azure at Build 2014

During the keynote led by Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft, the company announced several different new Azure features that will help ease IT professionals' worries and put their trust in the cloud.

According to Microsoft, a hybrid-cloud infrastructure is credited as being the gateway to a cloud-first world. The deployment process, however, can be a daunting and complex task. To compete with those challenges, Microsoft's announcements help IT professionals with the transition by being able to connect on-premises technology with the public cloud. Here's a rundown of the announcements:

Azure ExpressRoute. Now generally available, this new feature lets businesses create secure, private connections between their on-premises and Azure infrastructure, which results in fast and low-latency speed.

Azure Files. This new feature that's now in preview lets users share a single file from several different virtual machines (VMs) over SMB. It's also accessible through standard Windows programming APIs.

Azure RemoteApp. Also available in preview, the Azure RemoteApp lets companies provide mobile employees with access to Windows applications across a wide range of devices. By leveraging Microsoft's Remote Desktop Services capabilities and Microsoft Azure, RemoteApp helps users stay productive, while meeting organizational security policies to help ease the conventional BYOD challenges.

Stay tuned for more news emerging from Microsoft TechEd! We'll be serving up news on Office 365 and Visual Studio very soon!

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