WP Engine (Opens in a new tab) has launched its Managed WordPress Platform (Opens in a new tab) on Microsoft Azure (Opens in a new tab) for businesses that prefer Microsoft.

Available now, companies 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 to other regions throughout 2023 for a more global reach on the cloud hosting platform (opens in a new tab).

WP Engine on Microsoft Azure

The new solution uses Kubernetes for containers, allowing engineers to migrate 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 says the offering combines the agility of its WordPress hosting platform (opens in a new tab) with the global reach of Microsoft Azure. He also confirmed that the solution offers "certified" security for enterprises and SMEs.

"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, Flyer, Local, Advanced Custom Fields, and Genesis Hosting.

“Containerizing WordPress components makes it easy for teams to use, manage, and deploy apps anywhere,” said Ramadass Prabhakar, SVP and CTO of WP Engine.

"This modern design approach is an example of how containers can be leveraged to create a portable architecture."

WP Engine started working with Microsoft in 2018 when Microsoft chose the WordPress platform to power its Microsoft Stories website.

In 2021, WP Engine and Microsoft Azure collaborated again, as an increase in demand for content and the transmission of internal web processes led the two companies to fully integrate their platforms.

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