Essential takeaways from Microsoft Ignite 2019 (free PDF)

Microsoft Ignite was a landmark year for the developer conference, with Microsoft taking a markedly more aggressive stance in positioning the benefits of Azure relative to AWS and Google Cloud, highlighting performance gains in Azure Synapse relative to Google BigQuery and Amazon RedShift. Azure is undoubtedly where Microsoft’s priorities, and futures reside, with the bulk of news announced at Ignite either directly relating or at minimum tying in to Microsoft’s cloud services platform.

Despite that head-to-head competition, Microsoft’s key Azure announcements are on Azure Arc, a solution that allows for management of external resources inside Azure’s native management interface, in an attempt to position Azure at the center of hybrid cloud deployments. This could be an appealing play for enterprises, particularly larger ones with extensive M&A stories, as simplifying hybrid cloud deployments in a budget-conscious way requires quite a bit less teeth-pulling or arm-twisting than budgeting a migration or re-architecture from one cloud platform to another.

These are just a few of the dozens of announcements made by Microsoft and partners at Ignite 2019. Here’s TechRepublic’s roundup of coverage from the show.

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