Posted by Robert Evans
Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Australia

DrupalCon SydneyJust last week, our Windows Azure team was able to catch up with Drupal users from throughout Australia and around the globe at the DrupalCon Sydney event, held at the Crown Plaza overlooking the sand and sunshine of Sydney’s Coogee Beach. Microsoft, a gold sponsor, had the opportunity to connect with members of the Drupal community and share how easy it can be for users to deploy Drupal, which has seen growing momentum and adoption throughout the Australian government, on Windows Azure. 

The sold out conference hosted 450 attendees, including Senator Kate Lundy, who gave a keynote presentation to help kick off three days’ worth of events. There was a wide range of open source software (OSS) companies and heavy users from both the commercial and public sectors onsite – many who may have not been aware of the steps we’ve taken, and are continuing to take, toward greater openness and interoperability on our platforms, like Windows Azure. “I work for the Queensland government department, and we’re looking to deploy Drupal,” said one IT manager. “I really didn’t know that you could do this on Windows Azure.”

With more events like DrupalCon taking place worldwide this year and beyond, we are excited for the opportunity to spread the word about what is possible when Microsoft and OSS communities work together. As one DrupalCon attendee shared, “We have a lot of customers who have Microsoft environments but are also interested in going down the Drupal path. Microsoft’s support for Drupal as a first class citizen means we don’t have to compromise.”

Watch the brief video below to hear from Kristof Van Tomme, CEO of Provonix, and Hanno Lans, CEO of Datascape, about how their customers are taking advantage of combined Microsoft and Drupal solutions.