IT pros are at the center of the transformation

Words spoken today by Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise Division, define the IT professional as the corner stone crucial to the transformation in truly harnessing the power of the cloud.  Part of the Developer and Users trio, IT Professionals have been tasked to take point in enabling the Developer through automation of services.  This automation makes for quicker development cycles and better utilization of existing and new resources both on premise and in cloud.  Users then reap the benefits of the newly titled Devops initiative (Developers + Operations working together) by being enabled with seamless secure access to pertinent information vital to their day to day activities.  To further enable this union, Microsoft announced at TechEd the following tools to better enable organizations via the cloud:

Azure Site Recovery – Formally Hyper-V Recovery Manager, Azure Site Recovery allows IT Managers to replicate and recover Azure virtual machines and services.  This in essence is backup and recovery as a service in the event an outage of a primary datacenter should occur.

Azure Antimalware – Allows IT professionals the ability to deploy anti-malware agents to virtual machines.

Azure ExpressRoute – Enables business to create a private connection between Azure and their on premise infrastructure. This capability allows for fast and secure access to company data with built-in reliability.  

Azure Files – A file sharing service allowing organizations to share a single file over multiple virtual machines via SMB and accessible via standard APIs made available for traditional Windows programming.

Enterprise Mobility Suite – While previously announced, new capabilities announced today include Azure RemoteApp, In essence, desktop as a service powered by Azure allowing organizations to enable devices to remote into Windows applications, and Office mobile app management with Windows Intune, enabling the management of apps on both iOS and Android through Office and Windows Intune.

In all, it is a very exciting time to be an IT professional.  The tools provided enable those managing infrastructure to be viewed in more of a business development light as opposed to a “break and fix” mechanism. 

Take the opportunity to learn for about the DevOps push by watching the recently recorded Microsoft Virtual Academy session entitled Enterprise Agility Is Not an Oxymoron Jump Start