In 2021, Microsoft’s cloud services — more popularly known as Azure — ranked second. And according to tech experts, 2022 will be more significant for the company. The projection is for the service to be more vertically focused and deeply integrated.
Before looking into what 2022 holds for Microsoft Azure, you should learn a few things about the cloud computing service.
What is Azure?
Microsoft’s Azure is a platform for public computing, which provides solutions such as software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service. These solutions can be used for various services, including storage, virtual computing, networking, and analytics. For example, you can use Azure to supplement or replace your company’s on-site servers.
Microsoft partners with leading tech service providers to offer Azure managed services. A business can extend its IT team on the cloud with the scheme. However, with the IT team concentrating on their primary tasks, coupled with the increasing focus on cyber security, the IT team has little or no time to develop and try new things.
Working with an Azure managed services provider can make a big difference in an organization’s business operations. The managed services can include financial monitoring, service monitoring, subscription management, operational tasks, and Azure governance assessments.
Introducing Microsoft Cloud
As mentioned, 2022 will be an even bigger year for Azure, as Microsoft plans to build about 50 to 100 new data centers each year. Microsoft gathers its various products and services under one name — Microsoft Cloud. At the start of the company’s fiscal year in 2022, it will officially begin using this name, which will be a revenue-generating group. Microsoft Cloud will include Azure and its various services, Microsoft 365/Office 365, Dynamics 365, several LinkedIn commercial services, Enterprise Mobility + Security, the online versions of SharePoint Server, Exchange Server, cloud database, analytics services, and others.
Azure already surpasses the earnings of Office 365. In a news report, analysts predict that Azure will be one of the company’s biggest earners, with quarterly revenue of $11.8 billion by June 2022.
Microsoft will sell Azure to customers using its upcoming digital solutions, including Azure Quantum, Azure for Operators, meant for the telco industry, and Azure Space for companies that offer satellite imagery and related services. These solutions are different from Azure Cloud, but the company is hoping that the new solutions will successfully ride on the popularity of Azure Cloud.
Microsoft is introducing new products under the Azure brand. The company showed a preview of the Azure Static Web Apps, an enterprise-grade edge powered by Azure Front Door. The app will enable websites to load faster and increase global app reliability with enhanced security. An organization’s global apps will run with no additional code and configurations.
Azure is partnering with XPeng Motors (Guangzhou Xiaopeng Motors Technology Co Ltd), an electric vehicle manufacturer in China. Their partnership will explore the application of AI voice experiences. It will work on text-to-speech and expressive voice, self-service customization, and speaker fidelity using Microsoft’s neural text-to-speech and speech-to-text technologies that are included in the Azure Cognitive Services for speech system. You can look forward to the continuing innovations in Azure, as well as the availability of more apps and solutions under the Azure brand, which will affect almost all facets of your business.