Microsoft is also updating its System Center IT management software for Azure use. The new version will allow organizations to establish policies for running Windows Server and Hyper-V virtual machines both in the cloud and on premises. Organizations can use the software to set their policies for backing up and conducting failover operations on large numbers of servers.
The new version of the software will be the first to offer management support for Android and Apple iOS devices, Anderson said. Administrators can manage the settings for features such as VPNs (virtual private networks), logins, wireless settings and other functionality required by the enterprise.
Along with Windows Server 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014 will also have hooks into Azure, Anderson said. SQL Server databases can be backed up to Azure. This new version of the database will be the first to offer in-memory capabilities, developed under the code-name Hekaton.
On the development side, Azure offers some new features for the upcoming Visual Studio 2013 release. For instance, Visual Studio will offer the ability to load test a new application on Azure. "As you are building your application, you can place a heavy load on it, by using Azure," Anderson said.
In addition to the software updates, the company will also announce new services and features in its Windows Azure hosted computing offering. It will offer a preview of Windows Azure BizTalk Services, an online version of Microsoft BizTalk enterprise service bus (ESB). The company has also unveiled new per-minute billing for virtual machines.
The purpose of Microsoft's TechEd is to educate administrators and IT professionals about Microsoft's back office and enterprise software products. During his keynote on Monday, Anderson plans to reveal some adoption statistics for Microsoft's enterprise products.
For instance, Microsoft's server and tools division now is a $19 billion business, and has been growing at 10 percent for the past four quarters. More than 75 percent of enterprise applications now run on Microsoft Windows Server. Anderson touted that the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor is growing at "three times that of VMware."
The SQL Server user base is growing 1.7 times as fast as Oracle's flagship database. By Microsoft's calculations, SQL Server is the most widely used database in the world, possessing a 47 percent share of all SQL databases. And System Center sales have been growing as well -- sales were up 35 percent in the last quarter, Anderson said.