Microsoft named a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Public Cloud Development and Infrastructure Platforms, 2022 | Azure Blog and Updates

Forrester recently published its report, The Forrester Wave™: Public Cloud Development and Infrastructure Platforms, Global, Q4 2022, placing Microsoft in the “Leaders” category. It is an honor to be named as one of only two leaders in Forrester’s final report on the market for public cloud development and infrastructure platforms.

Forrester Wave places suppliers in one of four categories: Leaders, Strong Performers, Contenders or Challengers.  Microsoft and Amazon Web Services are leaders.  Alibaba and Google are strong performers.  IBM, Oracle, OVHCloud, SAP and Salesforce are competitors.  Rackspace is in Challengers.

The Forrester report recognized Microsoft for its long-term focus on Kubernetes, hybrid and multicloud capabilities and noted that it seeks to lead in hybrid and multicloud environments with platform management tools and capabilities. Reference customers praised Microsoft’s service improvements and partnerships. With Microsoft Azure, customers have a trusted cloud partner and the most advanced, highly integrated enterprise IT infrastructure to help them navigate ever-changing environments and achieve business success today while building for the future.

Helps developers build any app for any platform

We recognize that developers are the driving force behind innovation. Empowered to set up a complete engineering system in seconds, contribute and collaborate with anyone on any device, use the right tool for the task, and integrate with the rest of the organization’s digital estate, organizations can bring innovation to market faster with greater confidence. Azure makes it all possible. With Microsoft Visual Studio, developers can e.g. deploy iOS, Android, Windows, Web or embedded apps wherever they want – Azure, hybrid, on-premises and multi-cloud environments. Additionally, Azure fully supports some of the most popular open source technologies from Linux to open source databases to Grafana, allowing organizations to leverage existing investments when running on Azure.

In August, we introduced Microsoft Dev Box, a managed service for developers to create on-demand, high-performance, secure, code-ready, project-specific workstations in the cloud so they can work and innovate anywhere. And we’ve continued to bring new Kubernetes features across Azure, which I’ll cover a little later in this article.

As the range of application development tools continues to grow, we are seeing an increase in low-code technologies to encourage innovation and lower the barrier to entry. Microsoft makes it easy with PowerApps, which provides pre-built templates, drag-and-drop simplicity, rapid deployment, and AI-powered assistance to help anyone create apps using natural language while enabling the same DevOps practices for low-code tools that customers expect when building reliable enterprise solutions.

In this new world, organizations are leveraging the cloud to create a culture where everyone feels empowered to innovate, while lowering the barrier to creating new types of apps that can take businesses to new heights.

Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform

We are entering an age of the “intelligent app”, where every app is AI-enabled and adapts to each organization’s modern data capabilities. However; fragmented digital properties make it difficult for organizations to leverage their data to add layers of intelligence to their apps.

At our Build event in May, we announced the Microsoft Intelligent Data Platform, which fully integrates databases, analytics and governance into a unified data realm. With this integration, organizations can run applications at any scale, gain actionable insights from all their data, and properly manage data wherever it resides. To accelerate time to value, customers can use pre-built, customized and production-ready AI models as the building blocks for intelligent solutions with Azure Cognitive Services and Azure Applied AI Services.

As AI becomes more mainstream across organizations, it’s important that employees have the tools to use this technology responsibly. We apply Microsoft’s responsible AI standards to our product development and have made it a priority to help customers understand, protect and control their AI solutions with tools and resources like the Responsible AI Dashboard, bot development guidelines and built-in tools to help explain model behavior, test for fairness and more.

By unifying and integrating data to create more intelligent apps, customers open the door to new innovations never before possible.

From cloud to edge: Innovate securely, anywhere

More and more organizations are embracing hybrid and multicloud as part of their migration and modernization journeys, and they want to continue this flexible approach in a secure, compliant, reliable and integrated way. Forrester credits Microsoft with “seeking to lead in hybrid and multicloud environments with platform management tools and capabilities, including the Azure Arc management platform.”

Azure Arc acts as a bridge that spans the Azure platform by giving applications and services the flexibility to run across on-premises, edge and multicloud environments. One of the key challenges organizations face is securing and managing their distributed environments consistently while building innovative applications using cloud-native technologies.

We recently announced new deployment options for Azure Kubernetes Services enabled by Azure Arc, enabling customers to run containerized apps on top of many first-party Azure application, data, and machine learning services anywhere, regardless of their location.

They can also take advantage of Azure’s comprehensive security, management and management capabilities for their Windows, Linux, SQL Server and Kubernetes deployments in their data centers, at the edge or multicloud.

Azure is the only cloud platform built by a security vendor, and ensuring our customers’ data is safe and secure is at the forefront of everything we do. For example, our Defender for Cloud security service spans all clouds – even AWS and Google Cloud for a seamless, consistent and secure cloud journey wherever it leads.

Our deep commitment to our customers is built into every aspect of our vision and roadmap – to be the trusted partner with the most advanced yet flexible cloud technologies that enable anyone in any organization to innovate anywhere. It is an honor to be recognized for this commitment and a great way to usher in the new year.

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