Last week Microsoft announced a partnership with Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA). The objective is to migrate a large part of EGA’s data and computing infrastructure to Azure cloud. From the article:

EGA and Microsoft will leverage the power of cloud computing to accelerate and scale the development of new digital solutions by moving one-third of EGA’s server infrastructure and applications to the Microsoft Azure cloud. EGA will also develop a private Microsoft Azure Cloud at its sites and move another third of its computing to that system.

It’s interesting to see how they not only use the Azure public cloud but also Azure on-premises. This hybrid cloud architecture essentially enables EGA to keep relying on Azure in case the internet connection from the plant to the outside world fails.

I think this is a great example of forward thinking from the primary aluminium smelting industry that has a very traditional, or even skeptical, view of cloud technologies.