Review Category : Windows Azure

Microsoft last week announced that they have acquired InMage, an emerging company in the cloud-based business continuity solutions. InImage appliance provides private and public cloud migration, unified backup and disaster recovery for today’s 24×7 enterprises. It’s self-contained and scalable architecture includes compute, network and storage resources that enable quick implementations. This significantly reduces the operational cost and time compared to competing products. With this acquisition, Microsoft is trying to make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world. Brad Anderson, VP at Microsoft today detailed the acquisition like providing details like why they bought it, how they are going to use it, etc,. How they first noticed InMage, In the discussions my team and I have had with organizations all over the word, the most common request we’ve heard is a desire to add the ability to replicate and recover OS instances that ...

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According to me, the real highlight of Microsoft’s quarterly financial results releases yesterday was regarding their Cloud OS business. Cloud OS represents the fastest growing opportunity for Microsoft. Quarter after quarter, Microsoft is driving growth and customer adoption. In fact, commercial cloud revenue grew 147% with an annualized run rate that exceeds $4.4 billion. Also, server products revenue, including Azure, grew 16%, with double-digit growth for SQL Server and System Center. “Our results reflect our customers’ long-term commitments to our products and services, and strong execution by our field teams. We are thrilled with the tremendous momentum of our cloud offerings with Office 365 and Azure both growing over 100% again,” said Kevin Turner, chief operating officer at Microsoft. “Looking forward, we are excited by the amazing opportunities enabled by our technology roadmap and our strong engagement across partners, customers, and developers.” Satya Nadella commented the following on Cloud OS ...

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Back in June, Microsoft first revealed Azure ML will be available as public preview in July. Azure ML allows organizations to create new solutions that bring together big data insights, the Internet of things and predictive analytics. In current scenario, machine learning is usually self-managed and on premises, requiring the training and expertise of data scientists. Since, data scientists are in short supply, commercial software licenses can be expensive and popular programming languages for statistical computing have a steep learning curve, Microsoft has come up with  Azure ML. Azure ML is a fully-managed cloud service for building predictive analytics solution. At the 2014 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit which took place in Redmond, MSR announced a grants program for researchers and students. There are two flavor of these access grants. The first is a data science instructional award which will provide an individual account on Azure ML for each student in an intermediate ...

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Speaking at Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, Satya Nadella revealed Microsoft’s plans to take on Amazon Web Services in the world of startups. We all know that Microsoft Azure is now competing well against AWS in both PAAS and IAAS. But, Microsoft Azure’s growth is mainly because of Enterprises who are already a Microsoft customer. Hundreds of startups still rely on Amazon for building their product, the problem here is that they don’t even consider Microsoft Azure due to perception issues. Satya exactly spoke about it at the conference. He spoke that Microsoft faces two challenges in reaching out to startups, one is a perception issue and the other is selection bias. He said that a startup even if they use Amazon Web Services, can also use Azure’s Active Directory, there’s also single-sign-on—another identity management service—for Microsoft’s Office 365, startups can use Microsoft’s cloud-based machine learning services to perform advanced predictive analytics while using another ...

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At Worldwide Partner Conference held today, Microsoft highlighted their IoT platform, Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, and Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service. These services will allow enterprises to use devices and sensors with the Intelligent Systems Service, to harness, analyze and utilize data. Microsoft CEO spoke about their partner CGI which is changing the way elevators are maintained around the world. For example, in his keynote address today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella highlighted the work of partner CGI that’s dramatically changing the way more than 1 million of the world’s elevators will be maintained. CGI’s service puts Microsoft Azure Machine Learning and the Intelligent Systems Service to work, illustrating the deep insight that is possible when nontraditional and unorthodox data sources are centralized in the cloud service and accessible through a simple interface. The service harnesses data from sensors within each elevator, fueling rich data visualization enabled by Power BI for ...

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Microsoft today announced that they have acquired InMage, an emerging company in the cloud-based business continuity solutions. InImage appliance provides private and public cloud migration, unified backup and disaster recovery for today’s 24×7 enterprises. It’s self-contained and scalable architecture includes compute, network and storage resources that enable quick implementations. This significantly reduces the operational cost and time compared to competing products. With this acquisition, Microsoft is trying to make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world. As the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, Microsoft is committed to solving this challenge for customers. This acquisition will accelerate our strategy to provide hybrid cloud business continuity solutions for any customer IT environment, be it Windows or Linux, physical or virtualized on Hyper-V, VMware or others. This will make Azure the ideal destination for disaster recovery for virtually every enterprise server in the world. ...

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When it comes to Azure, Microsoft is all in to winning customers of all sorts. With Azure, Microsoft is catering customers’ needs and choices, allowing them to quickly build, deploy and manage applications by offering the broadest set of operating systems, languages, and services of any public cloud—from Windows, SQL and .NET to Python, Ruby, Node.js, Java, Hadoop, Linux, and Oracle. Last month, they announced the support for Docket in Azure platform. Docker is an open-source engine that automates the deployment of any application as a portable, self-sufficient container that will run almost anywhere – including Microsoft Azure. Today, they announced the plans to work with Google and Docker to bring support for both Kubernetes and libswarm open source projects on the Microsoft Azure platform. Announced in June, Kubernetes is a declarative container management solution supporting orchestration and scheduling of Docker containers, originally built on top of Google Compute Engine. ...

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Ahead of the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft today made no.of announcements on the Azure platform with new and enhanced cloud services. It ranges from increased data center capacity to improved Azure preview portal. 1) Azure Preview Portal enhancements: Microsoft is making Azure preview portal—that bridges the gap between infrastructure and platform services more richer day by day. Today, they announced new IaaS functionality, resource group enhancements, Azure image gallery updates, Azure SQL database and more. 2) New Event Hub: With Azure Event Hub, which launches in preview next week, you can reliably and efficiently stream millions of events per second from millions of devices into multiple applications and storage systems. 3) Expansion of Azure ExpressRoute: Today ExpressRoute is available in three locations in the US and Europe, but thanks to our growing partnership with Equinix, access to Azure via ExpressRoute will roll out in six additional locations around the world. ...

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The Microsoft Azure for Research project facilitates and accelerates scholarly and scientific research by enabling researchers to use the power of Microsoft Azure to perform big data computations in the cloud. Microsoft today posted a video on how cloud computing is changing the way research is done. It enables great collaboration and scalability which was not available in the past due to the limitations of traditional computing platforms. Cloud computing has changed the face of research by bringing almost limitless computational power and scalability to data-intensive research. Researchers across disciplines throughout the world are using cloud computing to process and share enormous datasets—quickly and inexpensively. Find out how easy it is for scientists to quickly share not only their findings but also their data and the entire process by which they generated their results. Read more about the Microsoft Azure for Research program, visit http://www.azure4research.com ...

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Lincoln Electric System (LES), a utility company that serves more than 114,000 residential customers and 15,000 commercial and industrial customers in Nebraska, has selected Microsoft partner Schneider Electric to implement the task-based, map assisted mobile solution, Orbit, to accurately capture, manage and unify all field data from transmission poles, while improving the efficiency of infrastructure upgrades and repairs. Since it is powered by the Microsoft Azure platform, Orbit provides real-time capabilities to the solution, allowing updates and data to be distributed throughout the entire workforce immediately. According to John Leiferman, Schneider Electric senior vice president of Cloud Services, “Orbit represents a new wave of data capture capabilities in the field. We are proud to offer secure solutions that help utilities operate efficiently and provide the best service to their customers.” “With Orbit, Schneider Electric is providing LES with easy integration of field inspection data and assets, eliminating the delay and ...

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This is an annoying issue affecting for Microsoft Azure customers. Some Azure customers may have noticed that for a VM deployed in a US region, when they launch a localized page on a web browser it may redirect them to an international site. Microsoft explained the cause of this issue in a blog post yesterday. Microsoft is running out of IPv4 address space in the US as they have used all of them. Microsoft is now trying to use the IPv4 addresses they got in other countries. Microsoft is already working with a few major IP geo-location database companies to update the location of these IPs which should help alleviate the issues this may be causing. Potential Cause IPv4 address space has been fully assigned in the United States, meaning there is no additional IPv4 address space available. This requires Microsoft to use the IPv4 address space available to us ...

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Last month, Microsoft announced the launch of public preview of Microsoft Azure Brazil Region. And the service now hit the general availability today. The Microsoft Azure website has been updated to provide information on service availability and pricing in the Brazil South region. Here is the announcement from Microsoft, In Brazil, and our other regions around the world, we’ve seen incredible demand for a global enterprise public cloud offering. Globally, more than 1,000 new customers join Azure every day, and revenue grew more than 150 percent in the last quarter. With Microsoft Azure now generally available in the new Brazil South region, even more customers can take advantage of the cloud. Already, customers such as credit rating company Boa Vista Servicos, business management software provider Totvs, computing systems provider SiplanControl-M and e-commerce website platform Shop Delivery are benefiting from the power of the cloud. Along with our other customers in ...

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Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft and Salesforce are in a discussion to announce a cloud partnership. This partnership will allow Microsoft Azure customers to run Salesforce in Microsoft Cloud and also will allow users to integrate data from Salesforce products into Microsoft’s Office programs. Microsoft and Salesforce are considered to be longtime rivals and it will be interesting to see how this partnership will work out. Microsoft announced similar partnership with SAP last week. The partnership was in three critical areas: Enterprise cloud computing with business-critical SAP applications certification for Microsoft Azure; Improved interoperability between data from SAP applications and Microsoft Office, including general availability of connectivity between SAP® BusinessObjects™ business intelligence (BI) solutions and Microsoft’s Power BI offering; Mobile productivity with expanded development and support for Windows and Windows Phone 8.1. Source: Bloomberg ...

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Joe Belfiore And David Treadwell are corporate vice presidents in Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group. Joe Belfiore is responsible for the user experience while David Treadwell works on the engineering of the core of the operating system. Basically, these guys are in charge of the front end and back end of operating systems, including the Windows PC, tablet and phone platforms. Previously, Joe was part of Windows Phone team and David was in Xbox software engineering team. The new “One Microsoft” strategy has brought them together which will allow unified strategy for product design to schedules in the operating systems group. Terry Myerson, head of the Operating Systems Group commented the following on these two guys, Joe Belfiore is “colorful, excitable, authentic and genuine … very passionate about the end user experience,” Treadwell, 47, is thoughtful, patient, detail-oriented. He focuses on infrastructure, Myerson said, making sure that things are “very well ...

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Microsoft today announced that they are acquiring mobile push analytics provider Capptain. The Capptain solution is a Response Marketing tool that allows Marketers and CRMers of Mobile and Web apps to engage their users and enter a constant customer interaction by Analyzing in details their users behavior, finely Segment their users based on how they interact with the application, and respond by Pushing very targeted messages, announcements, information or offers. Microsoft is trying to bundle Capptain’s solution with the wider Microsoft Azure suite of services. Capptain will bring a vital new element to our end-to-end story for mobile app development – real-time user and push analytics.  With Capptain’s solution, organizations can analyze customer and employee behavior in real-time, and respond by pushing targeted messages, announcements, information or offers.  This information empowers organizations to provide personalized, specific content to their customers in order to maximize business opportunities. We are hard at ...

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Microsoft today announced a new way for businesses to license Microsoft Azure through partners. This new licensing program will enable partners to gain  benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities. Previously, there were two options for purchasing Microsoft Azure, either on www.azure.microsoft.com or as part of an Enterprise Agreement (EA) with Microsoft. Through the Open Licensing program, Azure will now be available through another familiar licensing option that offers the benefits of Microsoft Volume Licensing, flexible monetary payments, and additional opportunities for you to grow margins and deepen customer relationships. When you resell Azure in Open Licensing, you purchase tokens from your preferred Distributor and apply the credit to the customer’s Azure Portal in increments of $100. The credits can be used for any consumption-based service available in Azure. To add more credit, you simply purchase new tokens and add them to the account. This gives ...

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