At Ignite, Microsoft extends hybrid cloud beyond just infrastructure

For years Microsoft has talked about, previewed and at some times delayed the release of its Azure Stack hybrid cloud computing platform.

But this week at its Ignite conference in Orlando Microsoft announced that Azure Stack is now shipping to customers, and in doing so the company is pitching its hybrid cloud platform as being about more than just connecting customer data centers to the public cloud.

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Microsoft says hybrid cloud computing should be considered in a wider context that includes not just the infrastructure components, but also security and access policy, plus applications and databases spanning these hybrid environments. To that end, Microsoft also announced this week that its popular SQL Server database is now generally available either on premises or in the cloud – across Windows, Linux and in Docker container environments. Microsoft has also announced a new database migration service that makes it easier to copy or move databases from on premises to its Azure public cloud.

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