The battle between private cloud and public cloud has ended with neither emerging victorious, according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Opening the Microsoft Inspire partner conference in Washington, Nadella (pictured) outlined the firm's focus in the cloud era, ruling that hybrid infrastructure is the only winner in the private versus public cloud duel.
Nadella's comments came as Microsoft announced more details of its Azure stack - with integrated systems on hardware from Dell EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Lenovo set to start shipping from September.
"It's no longer the debate even of 'is it private versus public?'" Nadella said.
"In fact, it's clear as day that what is needed is more distributed computing infrastructure - that true hybrid computing fabric - so that you can manage your smart city, smart factory, smart car as well as take advantage of the public cloud."
Nadella offered more details on the new structure within Microsoft after it confirmed last week that an internal reorganisation could result in job losses.
While not commenting specifically on these reports, Nadella said that Microsoft will reshape everything it does into four solution areas: modern workplace, business applications, applications and infrastructure, and data and artificial intelligence.
He also opened up on the partner benefits of Microsoft 365, which rolls up Office 365 with Windows 10 and other enterprise products.
"When it comes to partner opportunity, it's tremendous for you to be able to really serve the needs of these customers across the entire depth and breadth of the employee base, and hopefully you even caught that it's not just about the knowledge worker, it's even about these first-line workers in retail and other industries," he said.
"But we have the same opportunity to democratise access to these tools to every small and medium-sized business. That, perhaps, has to be one of the biggest takeaways for people in this room because I know many of you are serving small and medium-sized businesses. In fact, your velocity of growth is going to be defined by how successfully you can help these small businesses become more productive, more creative."
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