Available now, businesses in the United States and the Netherlands can choose Azure to build and scale WordPress websites with WP Engine.
WP Engine says it plans to expand into other regions throughout 2023 for a more global reach on the cloud hosting (opens in a new tab) Platform.
WP engine on Microsoft Azure
The new solution uses Kubernetes for containers, allowing engineers to port the platform to AKS without making basic code changes.
“Working with Microsoft on an Azure-based offering helps us deliver on our promise to be the world’s most trusted WordPress platform for businesses around the world,” said Heather Brunner, president and CEO of WP Engine.
“We are proud to partner with Microsoft to power their Microsoft Stories site, now 7x faster with WP Engine powered by Azure.”
WP Engine claims the offering combines the agility of its WordPress Hosting (opens in a new tab)platform with the global reach of Microsoft Azure. He also confirmed that the solution offers “certified” security for enterprises and SMBs.
“WP Engine on Azure paves the way for Microsoft partners and customers to publish their own WordPress sites at scale,” said Sean McKenna, product manager, Azure Kubernetes Service at Microsoft.
“The integration of the WP Engine platform with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) creates a powerful software solution that natively supports dynamic websites built on WordPress.”
WP Engine provides Managed WordPress, Enterprise WordPress, Headless WordPress, Flywheel, Local, Advanced Custom Fields, and Genesis hosting.
“Wrapping WordPress components in containers makes it easier for teams to use, manage and deploy apps anywhere,” said Ramadass Prabhakar, SVP and CTO at WP Engine.
“This modern design approach is an example of how containers can be leveraged to create portable architecture.”
WP Engine started working with Microsoft in 2018 when Microsoft chose the WordPress platform to power their Microsoft Stories website.
In 2021, WP Engine and Microsoft Azure collaborated again, as an increase in demand for content and the streaming of internal web processes led the two companies to fully integrate their platforms.
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