The lack of parity between on-premises Active Directory and Azure Active Directory might lead you to believe that Microsoft isn't serious about Azure or that its innovation is slowing -- fellow InfoWorld columnist David Linthicum certainly nurses that fear. Although I have concerns about the recent Microsoft reorg for the same reasons as another InfoWorld columnist, Woody Leonhard, I am not worried about Azure or the new Cloud and Enterprise Engineering group at Microsoft, which is in the capable hands of proven Microsoft cloud veteran Satya Nadella.
Although Microsoft wasn't the first to the cloud computing market, it may be last man standing when the smoke clears, especially with such a huge part of the enterprise population already running Active Directory in-house and now having the ability to extend Active Directory to the cloud for identity management and servers.
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