Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich Gets Technical About Pandemic Capacity Fixes

'The rise of digital technology usage has been dramatic, and I think it promises changes that are here to stay,' says Microsoft Azure CTO Mark Russinovich. WWT's Dave Sellers discusses their investments.

June 16, 2020 2 minute read
by Donna Goodison
“The significant investments that Microsoft continues to make, especially during a time when the world in is the middle of a crisis, are beneficial to World Wide Technology. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, the investments allow us to work with our clients in these challenging times to provide them with leading-edge solutions to enable them to perform at their peak.”  - Dave Sellers, general manager of WWT’s multicloud practice

Microsoft Azure added 12 new edge sites around the world and increased its peering capacity by 25 percent to expand its wide area network after customers’ cloud usage surged following stay-at-home orders forced by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“In total, we added 110 terabits of increased capacity to our WAN in less than two months,” Microsoft Azure chief technology officer Mark Russinovich said in a video posted today.

As Microsoft’s cloud services -- particularly Azure, Teams, Windows Virtual Desktop and Xbox Live – experienced unprecedented demand, it prioritized critical front-line customers, scaled its services, implemented brownout controls, initiated optimizer services and shifted workloads from “hot” cloud regions to address surges that caused some customers to experience service slowdowns and outages.

Russinovich gave a behind-the-scenes, technical look at the cloud provider’s engineering response to meet the incredible spike in demand for Microsoft Azure’s IaaS, PaaS to SaaS offerings as people started to work, learn and teach from home.

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