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Why Azure’s Cloud Chief Believes Microsoft Is In Prime Position

12 December, 2016

Why Azure’s Cloud Chief Believes Microsoft Is In Prime Position

In Satya Nadella’s first press conference as CEO of Microsoft in 2014, he laid out a vision for the company to be a mobile-first, cloud-first company.

On the cloud side, Microsoft has a broad portfolio of products that includes market-leading SaaS productivity applications, highlighted by Office 365. On the IaaS and PaaS side, Microsoft has Azure, a public cloud that has turned into one of the most prominent cloud platforms in the market and is considered the chief rival to market-leading Amazon Web Services’ public IaaS cloud.

Jason Zander is Microsoft Azure’s corporate vice president, which means he oversees thousands of engineers who develop Microsoft’s IaaS and PaaS platform, operate its global data centers and manage its customer support group. Zander’s been at the company since 1992 and previously held positions developing Windows, Microsoft databases and more recently the Visual Studio and .NET teams. In this conversation, Network World Senior Editor Brandon Butler speaks to Zander about the state of the cloud market and Azure’s future direction.

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