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The 10 Hottest Microsoft Azure Tools Of 2021 (So Far)

Microsoft Azure has undergone a rapid rate of advancement and transformation—from a tool to bridge public and private cloud implementations to a fully managed NoSQL database service for modern app development. Here are CRN’s picks for the 10 hottest Microsoft Azure tools so far this year.

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Research firm Gartner continues to put the Microsoft Azure cloud at No. 2 in the ongoing cloud war to take market share from rival Amazon Web Services. But Microsoft’s heavy investment in new Azure tools could some day make Azure top dog.

From a tool to bridge public and private cloud implementations to a fully managed NoSQL database service for modern app development, Azure has undergone a spellbinding rate of advancement and transformation, even just in the first half of the year.

Microsoft partners continue to hail ongoing and new business opportunities with Azure as Microsoft introduces more dev tools, administrator services and use cases.

“Azure continues to be a growth area,” Mike Wilson, chief technology officer at Mason, Ohio-based Microsoft partner Interlink Cloud Advisors, told CRN. “The adoption curve in that area is you start moving to more and more Software as a Service, eventually reaching the point where the infrastructure that‘s left becomes less of an ROI to host internally, so you move things into Azure, start to take advantage of the transformational nature of that, and services like Windows Virtual Desktop—now Azure Virtual Desktop—you’re in technologies we’re seeing a lot of excitement about.”

Keeping up with the new integration and capabilities can be difficult, so CRN is revealing some of the more fascinating Azure tools of 2021 so far. Here’s what partners need to know.

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