Microsoft sets cloud event for October 20

At an event in San Francisco, CEO Satya Nadella is among the execs on tap to talk about the future of Microsoft's cloud.

Mary Jo Foley
Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network.
Mary Jo Foley
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Microsoft is holding a "What's ahead for Microsoft's Cloud" event on October 20 in San Francisco.

CEO Satya Nadella and Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Cloud & Enterprise group Scott Guthrie will both be presiding during the one-hour event for press and analysts.

Satya Nadella at Microsoft Build earlier this year James Martin/CNET

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon Pacific Time and will be webcast live on the Microsoft News Center.

I'm hearing the event will include both a look at how Microsoft's approach is different from its competitors, as well as a recap on cloud investments the company has been making. No doubt there will be some news, as well.

During a recent Citi Global Tech Conference appearance, Guthrie talked up Microsoft's scale as one of its big differentiators. The company is running data centers in 17 regions worldwide.

Guthrie also talked up the importance of Intune, Microsoft's mobile-device management service, and the Enterprise Mobility Suite, which includes Intune, during his Citi appearance. He also mentioned Microsoft's Azure ML machine-learning service, currently available in preview form, as key to the company's cloud strategy.

Microsoft is continuing to crank out meaty, regular updates to Azure about every two to three weeks. Last week alone, Microsoft announced general availability of its Redis Cache Service; general availability of its Disaster Recovery to Azure (using Azure Site Recovery) service; the public preview of Elastic Scale for Azure SQL Database; additional features for its DocumentDB NoSQL service and more.

This story originally appeared as "CEO Nadella to talk up what's next for Microsoft's cloud" on ZDNet.