Emphasis on cloud and mobile at TechEd

Microsoft puts cloud and mobility front and centre at TechEd in Barcelona this week

Today is the first official day of Microsoft’s TechEd Europe, held this year in Barcelona, and the company has already announced new cloud services, mobility solutions, API’s, tools and partner solutions.

The day started with the keynote from Jason Zander, corporate president of Microsoft Azure and Joe Belfiore vice president of PC, Tablet and Phone, firmly placing the emphasis on enterprise and mobile solutions.

“In our mobile first, cloud first world we are always ‘on’. The pace of business is faster than ever before – and accelerating,” said Zander. “We want to empower IT professionals, developers and end users to do more with technology – wherever they go with whatever device, and with the clouds, platforms and tools they want to use to get work done or build apps.

Microsoft has announced several cloud services to help intelligently automate and streamline IT operations, including a new cloud analysis tool Azure Operational Insights, which combines Azure, HDInsight and Microsoft System Center; a batch processing solution, Azure Batch with no infrastructure investment and Azure Automation, which automates repetitive time-consuming tasks reducing manual risks.

The firm introduced enterprise security enhancements such as support for multiple network interface cards (NICs); new Network Security Groups to enable customised security and greater control over traffic flow and Microsoft Anti-Malware for virtual machines and cloud services.

Microsoft also announced management, security, privacy and compliance enhancements for the Enterprise Mobility Suite and Office 365.

“Through our Microsoft Intune platform security, compliance and manageability are not trade-offs for productivity,” commented Zander. “New Intune capabilities – most notably integration with Office mobile apps – delivers industry leading policy management and content protection across mobile devices. New mobile device management capabilities powered by Microsoft Intune, will give organizations the ability to manage Office 365 data on iOS, Android and Windows phones and tablets.”

These new capabilities include: Microsoft Intune updates enabling customers to comprehensively manage Office mobile apps; built-in Mobile Device Management (MDM) for Office 365; Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium updates, allowing publication of on-premises applications to external users via the cloud and DLP capabilities added to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business to provide protection for sensitive content across Office 365.

Microsoft added new partner-powered cloud solutions, including an expanded Cloud OS Network, with partner support now available in over 100 countries and a new Azure Certified for Application Services program,.

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