At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference last week, the new CEO and all his leadership iterated the message that Microsoft will live and die by the cloud. That message now has to go from Microsoft to their Elite partners to our joint customers.
Microsoft is making huge investments in the cloud. The company has invested $15 billion in its cloud infrastructure. Microsoft has 1 million servers hosted in its data center.
Here's how Microsoft views the cloud, by the numbers:
- 50% of Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Azure
- On average, over 1,000 customers sign up for Windows Azure every day
- About 10 trillion objects are stored using Windows Azure
- Windows Azure Active Directory has handled 400 billion identity authentications
- More than 1 million US government employees use Office 365
At TNT, we use the cloud for situations where we think it makes good sense to do so. We love the conversations that include getting to the bottom of the phrase "makes good sense." My good idea might not be yours. We know the transition to the cloud is just that; a transition. We know transitions take time.
As I talk to our customers, they share their desire to be more competitive and streamlined, and they understand that a shared pool of resources is often more effective than a personalized deployment. Just think of the advantages of public sewer and septic vs. each household needing to construct their own.
We are all in with Microsoft and not with Google. Ask us why...