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Satya Nadella at the Accel Partners Symposium

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Microsoft today announced Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft. We had reported on Friday last week that Sundar Pichai from Google was another top consideration thanks to his firsthand knowledge of the increasingly influential consumer web, but it was Nadella that won out in the end.. Nadella is known for his experience in the enterprise, helping to rework much of Microsoft's infrastructure for long-reaching products including Bing and Xbox. But is Nadella too safe of a choice for Microsoft? Would an outsider like Pichai have been better suited to lead Microsoft into the new consumer web?

Microsoft, like its peers and rivals in the industry, is betting big on the modern data center, but with Nadella at the helm, is the Redmond company landing on the wrong side of the cloud? Is this too much of an analog play and not enough of a shake-up play?

In conjunction with the announcement, Microsoft founder Bill Gates will step down from his position as Chairman of the Board and be replaced by our own SiliconANGLE theCUBE alum John Thompson. Gates is allocating a third of his time to mentor Nadella. The duo has much to discuss, reshaping Microsoft for the data center of the future. Cloud services remains at the center of an industry-wide revolution, and Nadella's already shared his thoughts on the subject.

Just this past summer we had Nadella on theCUBE at the Accel Partners Symposium, live from Stanford University. Nadella discussed with theCUBE host Jeff Kelly the notion of the modern enterprise: a re-imagination of what infrastructure means and what applications mean inside of the enterprise. According to the new chief, there is a tectonic shift happening in the enterprise, and Microsoft is a part of that shift. From a business perspective, a key to infrastructure is being in touch with the applications.

"We're building a new operating system for the modern enterprise to be able to deploy these modern applications. That is how I conceptualize it," Nadella stated.
ous integration.

The four mega trends constitute the future of a modern enterprise infrastructure. But that can make for an awfully complex public, private and/or service provider cloud. So how does Microsoft and Nedella approach that problem of complexity?

Nadella says to start with the design point -- public, private and service provider cloud. He believes it's the true fruition of distributed computing.

"So these four things, identity, management, virtualization and application platform I think is the co-investment you've got to make to help enterprises truly adopt the cloud while its complex but you have to tame the complexity," Nadella explained.

So what does that mean for Microsoft? Is Nadella the man to lead them into the consumer web and the Internet of Things? It feels like a bit of a safe bet for Microsoft. How can that be for a Fortune 50 company who just reported a killer? As our Editor-in-Chief John Furrier reported last Friday in his Breaking Analysis segment, it's about getting the data right.

Buried in the news of Nadella being named CEO is the news we mentioned above that John Thompson will be the new Chairman of the Board. Interesting tidbit, when on theCUBE in 2011 Furrier asked Thompson about the "middle fat part" developing within the market as it relates to real-time data. Given this consumer-driven market powered by the Internet of Things, Thompson hints at his own vision for Microsoft, one that rings true nearly three years later as he works closely with Nadella on Microsoft's board:

"Our focus is on the global 2000. They have one thing in common, performance and uptime sensitive. We think this market is about a $1.7-$1.8 billion market. We have literally barely scrapped the surface on that. This is a phenomenon that we think will only catch more wind in its sails," said Thompson.
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Microsoft today announced Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft. We had reported on Friday last week that Sundar Pichai from Google was another top consideration thanks to his firsthand knowledge of the increasingly influential consumer web, but it was Nadella that won out in the end.. Nadella is known for his experience in the enterprise, helping to rework much of Microsoft's infrastructure for long-reaching products including Bing and Xbox. But is Nadella too safe of a choice for Microsoft? Would an outsider like Pichai have been better suited to lead Microsoft into the new consumer web?

Microsoft, like its peers and rivals in the industry, is betting big on the modern data center, but with Nadella at the helm, is the Redmond company landing on the wrong side of the cloud? Is this too much of an analog play and not enough of a shake-up play?

In conjunction with the announcement, Microsoft founder Bill Gates will step down from his position as Chairman of the Board and be replaced by our own SiliconANGLE theCUBE alum John Thompson. Gates is allocating a third of his time to mentor Nadella. The duo has much to discuss, reshaping Microsoft for the data center of the future. Cloud services remains at the center of an industry-wide revolution, and Nadella's already shared his thoughts on the subject.

Just this past summer we had Nadella on theCUBE at the Accel Partners Symposium, live from Stanford University. Nadella discussed with theCUBE host Jeff Kelly the notion of the modern enterprise: a re-imagination of what infrastructure means and what applications mean inside of the enterprise. According to the new chief, there is a tectonic shift happening in the enterprise, and Microsoft is a part of that shift. From a business perspective, a key to infrastructure is being in touch with the applications.

"We're building a new operating system for the modern enterprise to be able to deploy these modern applications. That is how I conceptualize it," Nadella stated.
ous integration.

The four mega trends constitute the future of a modern enterprise infrastructure. But that can make for an awfully complex public, private and/or service provider cloud. So how does Microsoft and Nedella approach that problem of complexity?

Nadella says to start with the design point -- public, private and service provider cloud. He believes it's the true fruition of distributed computing.

"So these four things, identity, management, virtualization and application platform I think is the co-investment you've got to make to help enterprises truly adopt the cloud while its complex but you have to tame the complexity," Nadella explained.

So what does that mean for Microsoft? Is Nadella the man to lead them into the consumer web and the Internet of Things? It feels like a bit of a safe bet for Microsoft. How can that be for a Fortune 50 company who just reported a killer? As our Editor-in-Chief John Furrier reported last Friday in his Breaking Analysis segment, it's about getting the data right.

Buried in the news of Nadella being named CEO is the news we mentioned above that John Thompson will be the new Chairman of the Board. Interesting tidbit, when on theCUBE in 2011 Furrier asked Thompson about the "middle fat part" developing within the market as it relates to real-time data. Given this consumer-driven market powered by the Internet of Things, Thompson hints at his own vision for Microsoft, one that rings true nearly three years later as he works closely with Nadella on Microsoft's board:

"Our focus is on the global 2000. They have one thing in common, performance and uptime sensitive. We think this market is about a $1.7-$1.8 billion market. We have literally barely scrapped the surface on that. This is a phenomenon that we think will only catch more wind in its sails," said Thompson. Show less

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