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Extend your datacenter with a Microsoft hybrid cloud

Get the best of both worlds by leveraging your current infrastructure while accessing cloud resources to scale with flexibility.

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Datacenter without boundaries

Why transform the datacenter?

You know that infrastructure matters. With the right platform, you can reduce costs, respond more quickly to business needs, and take on the challenges of big data and mobility.

IT today is under more pressure than ever before to deliver resources faster, support new business initiatives, and keep pace with the competition. To handle these demands, you need a flexible, resilient infrastructure that is easy to manage and easy to scale. You need to be able to take everything you know and own today and transform those resources into a datacenter that is capable of handling changing needs and unexpected opportunities.

With Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, and Microsoft Azure, you can transform the datacenter. You can take advantage of innovation across the datacenter and the cloud to simplify your infrastructure and speed delivery of services to the business. Enterprise-grade virtualization and unified management give you a foundation in your datacenter, while hybrid options give you access to the boundless capacity of cloud. Keep your business competitive with the Microsoft cloud platform.

Learning from the cloud

The speed and scale of cloud computing offers game-changing opportunities for IT. But first, there are big questions that need to be answered. How does the availability of cloud resources change your approach to infrastructure? What cloud scenarios make sense for your business? Can your datacenter look more like a cloud deployment?

Learning from operating some of the planet’s most massive datacenters, Microsoft is bringing innovation to your datacenter. Standardization, automation, and resilience are all critical characteristics of the software-defined datacenter, the foundation for your IT operations. Learn more from Microsoft’s experts about how you can benefit from new approaches to infrastructure, across the datacenter and the cloud.

Datacenter without boundaries

Before you can extend to the cloud, you need to rethink your own datacenter. With the power of virtualization , you can take the many diverse elements of your current datacenter and create a single entity that you can manage as a whole. A private cloud model lets you pool resources and balance demand across all the different areas of the business, moving resources to the places where you need them most.

Today, some of the best options for simplifying the datacenter exist in storage. In the datacenter, Microsoft lets you use commodity hardware in a flexible, low-cost configuration that integrates well with your existing resources. And in the cloud, you can take advantage of boundless capacity and smart hybrid models.

Once you have your datacenter running like a well-oiled machine, think about the places you still need some room to grow. That’s where you can extend into the cloud. You can meet unexpected demands or plan ahead for the seasons or days when your business runs at top speed. The economies of cloud work for you, because you only pay for what you need. And you can access resources without long delays or major capital expenditures.

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Cloud innovation everywhere

Microsoft’s experience running the massive scale deployments of Bing, Xbox, and Office 365 has shown us first-hand how cloud innovation and cloud architecture can transform the datacenter. In storage, networking, and identity, we’re taking what we learn in the cloud and bringing those learnings to your datacenter, with new capabilities that let your reduce complexity while bringing down costs.

Today, some of the best options for simplifying the datacenter exist in storage. In the datacenter, Microsoft lets you use commodity hardware in a flexible, low-cost configuration that integrates well with your existing resources. And in the cloud, you can take advantage of boundless storage capacity and smart hybrid cloud solutions.

Nothing is more important to a hybrid cloud than the right connections and Microsoft offers the flexibility to move applications across clouds without networking changes.

With software-defined networking, you can separate business groups or create boundaries that allow you to manage resources more effectively.

Finally, you need to offer access to key resources wherever they are located without compromising security. Microsoft’s access and information protection solutions give you the control you need to manage access without creating barriers.

The bottom line: cloud innovation lets you streamline and simplify.

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Dynamic application delivery

Management and automation can help create an infrastructure that allows you to speed delivery of services and respond rapidly to shifting needs. By simplifying management, you can minimize errors and reduce the potential for issues that impact the business. And by increasing automation, you reduce errors, ensure consistency, and increase infrastructure resilience.

Microsoft offers unified management, allowing you to provision, deploy, monitor and manage across clouds. This unified toolset includes provisioning for both infrastructure and applications. Once resources are deployed, Microsoft’s management tools let you monitor performance and respond to problems without constantly watching a console. You can also manage both infrastructure and individual applications or services using a single toolset, even across hybrid deployments.

Deliver faster with datacenter and cloud management.

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