WP Engine launches its Managed WordPress Platform on Azure

WP Engine, the trusted WordPress platform, announced the launch of its Managed WordPress Platform on Microsoft Azure. Firms who prefer Microsoft can now choose Azure to scale WordPress experiences with WP Engine, meeting advanced IT and technology requirements for scaled performance and certified security for enterprise and SMB businesses.

The WP Engine platform is available on Azure to all businesses across the U.S. and the Netherlands and will expand into other regions throughout 2023 to serve more clients.

What does the partnership mean for Microsoft?

The WP Engine relationship with Microsoft began in 2018 when Microsoft chose to power its Microsoft Stories website—a source of news, events, press materials, and feature stories consumed by a large global readership—on WP Engine’s platform. In 2021, increased content demand and the streamlining of in-house web processes led to a collaboration between Microsoft and WP Engine teams to fully integrate WP Engine’s platform with Microsoft Azure.

WP Engine’s offering brings its tech to Microsoft Azure to further maximise enterprise-grade performance, reliability and security. The solution uses Kubernetes for containers, which allows engineers to port the platform to AKS without making core modifications to code. 

“WP Engine on Azure paves the way for Microsoft partners and clients to publish their own WordPress sites at scale. The WP Engine platform integration with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) creates a powerful software solution that natively supports dynamic websites built on WordPress,” said Sean McKenna, director of product, Azure Kubernetes Service at Microsoft.

What does the partnership mean for WP Engine?

Heather Brunner, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of WP Engine

“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. We’re proud to collaborate with Microsoft in powering their Microsoft Stories site, now 7X faster with WP Engine powered by Azure,” said WP Engine Chairwoman and CEO Heather Brunner.

“Wrapping WordPress components in containers makes it easier for teams to use, manage and deploy applications anywhere. This modern design approach is an example of how containers can be leveraged to build a portable architecture,” commented Ramadass Prabhakar, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at WP Engine.

WP Engine’s platform innovation is driving adoption of WordPress among the world’s most mission-critical and top-traffic sites and is the fastest among all WordPress providers, now powering 1.5 million digital experiences. More of the top 200,000 visited sites in the world use WP Engine, driving more digital experiences than anyone else in WordPress.

WP Engine customers include brands like B&G Foods, Sealy, Fullerton Fund Management, Invest Puerto Rico, Markant and eBay, as well as Microsoft’s own WordPress properties. 

For developers, information tech professionals or marketers who want to build and scale modern websites on WordPress, the new offering delivers an ideal WordPress experience, combining the agility and speed of WP Engine platform with the worldwide reach of Azure.