Review Category : Windows Server

Microsoft today highlighted in a blog post that they are the only company that is positioned as a Leader in four Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, x86 Server Virtualization, Enterprise Application Platform as a Service and Public Cloud Storage Services. You have Amazon, Google, IBM, Salesforce, VMWare and few others, but Microsoft has a unique set of capabilities to help enterprise customers provision and manage their infrastructure, whether it is on-premises, in a Microsoft datacenter, or delivered by a hosting service provider. Only Microsoft has achieved recognition as a Leader across all four capability areas. Cloud Infrastructure as a Service: We feel the pace of innovation in our cloud solutions led to much greater customer adoption in the past year, contributing to a very strong showing in the Cloud IaaS space. x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure: Recognized as a leader for the fourth year in a row, ...

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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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At the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON), Microsoft announced their partnerships with Packer.io and OpenNebula to enable interoperability of applications and services with Windows Azure and Hyper-V. Similarly, last week Microsoft announced their work on Docker’s libswarm project and Kubernetes, two cluster-management solutions available for Docker containers, and several other open source cloud projects. As part of our partnership with Packer.io, we are introducing two Packer plug-ins for Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V, natively supporting Microsoft technologies for the first time. Packer is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. Packer is a free and open source tool for creating golden images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. As a result of a collaboration between Microsoft and OpenNebula (C12G Labs), we are introducing a new set of plug-ins to enable the use of OpenNebula for building hybrid cloud deployments ...

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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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Microsoft deploys thousands of servers every year in its data centers to run its growing web services and cloud business. In fact, they recently revealed that have about one million computers in more than 100 data centers spread over 40 countries. Microsoft’s problem is that chips are no longer improving at the same rate they once were. They want to improve the data center efficiency. So far, all of Microsoft’s data centers are powered by traditional Intel CPUs running usual server software. Now, they are planning to replace it with field-programmable arrays, or FPGAs, processors that Microsoft could modify specifically for use with its own software. These FPGAs are already available in the market and Microsoft is sourcing it from a company called Altera. This whole idea was started by Doug Burger from Microsoft Research, he called it Project Catapult. In a first for Microsoft, he approved a 1,600-server pilot-system to ...

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Microsoft today released a preview of Visual Studio tooling support for Apache Cordova. This will help developers build multi-device hybrid mobile applications using HTML, CSS and JavaScript, targeting a broad range of mobile devices. Apache Cordova is a popular open source platform for creating such platform. Microsoft Open Technologies has contributed in making Cordova tools for Visual Studio. The web developers can use their existing skills in HTML and JavaScript to create hybrid packaged apps for multiple devices while taking advantage of each device’s capabilities. Project templates are available for both JavaScript and TypeScript, and provide a standard blank Cordova starter project.  Developers can pick their HTML/JavaScript framework of choice, whether Backbone and jQuery UI, or Angular.js and Bootstrap, or WinJS. Projects can be built, deployed, and debugged against a variety of devices, device emulators and web-based mobile simulators.  By default, you can use the Apache Ripple simulator to test ...

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  According to the recent data from Synergy Research Group, Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure grew by over 154% YoY which is almost 2.3 times faster than Amazon Web Services which recorded 67% growth. Amazon is still the cloud infrastructure business leader with 27% market share which is more than all the next 5 five competitors combined. IBM, Salesforce and Google are trailing behind Microsoft(8%) in which IBM, Salesforce, and Google, have 6.5%, 6%, and 4.5% share of the market, respectively. AWS has been forcing the cloud market to slash their margin every other quarter. Microsoft has been forced to reduce the price of their services in an effort to match the prices of Amazon. Given Microsoft’s strong brand among the enterprise, Microsoft is positioned better to compete against Amazon than anyone else. Microsoft Azure made price cuts that matched AWS’ cuts in many categories, and exceeded it in several others. The software giant chopped computing prices by ...

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According to the survey by Netcraft which includes responses from over 975,262,468 sites, Microsoft is threatening the position of Apache as the top web server. Microsoft gained about 9 million additional sites this month, increasing its market share by a further 0.37 percentage points. So, Apache still leads with 37.6% of all sites, while Microsoft is now just 4.1 percentage points behind. If the trend continues, Microsoft may become the No.1 in the web server market in the coming months. Nearly seven million of this month’s new websites are using Microsoft IIS. Around 11 thousand of these new sites are hosted on the Microsoft Azure platform (including a few phishing sites), helping to maintain Microsoft’s position as the largest Windows hosting company in terms on web-facing computers. Most of the new IIS sites at Azure are hosted in the US, with more than a third of the total being hosted in ...

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The Internet of Things promises vast opportunities, but it also poses challenges for businesses that seek to take action and realize tangible results, as it can seem overwhelming, complicated and expensive. With its latest announcements, Microsoft is trying to help enterprises drive business value while building on existing technology assets, devices and data. Microsoft today announced the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service helps enterprises embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) by securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from a variety of sensors and devices. You can watch this video to see how IoT built on Microsoft’s platform is transforming the world’s first underground railway in London. The Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service marks a critical expansion of the comprehensive Microsoft cloud-first data platform. This includes addressing challenges enterprises face securely connecting, managing and capturing machine-generated data from industry devices, sensors and other line-of-business (LoB) assets across a range of OS platforms. Enterprises ...

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Along with the announcement about the launch of Office for iPad and Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft also announced the general availability of Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium service in April 2014. Azure AD Premium is an identity and access management service designed to meet the demanding requirements of large enterprises. With Azure AD Premium customers can reset forgotten passwords, manage their groups and set up company branded portals for launching these SaaS applications with a single set of corporate credentials. Azure AD Premium provides identity and access management capabilities in the cloud with a 99.9% SLA, and no limitation on the number of resources in your directory. Application access management. Azure AD provides employees with single sign-on access to their cloud applications from many different browsers and mobile devices. With recent additions there over 1200 cloud applications in the AD Application Gallery. Azure AD Premium lets you assign application access ...

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As BUILD conference got over, some(most??) of you might have missed many sessions, because the four days have been packed full of no.of great sessions. Topics from “Create experiences that span devices” to “Connecting printing devices to Windows using v4 printer drivers” and lots more.. Almost 250 sessions took place and the cool thing from Microsoft is that all of those sessions are now online for our viewing pleasure in variety of different formats. You can download them to view on your Windows Phones or stream them as high quality videos on your PC’s. Even the slides used by speakers are available for download. How cool?? Spend your free time this week to watch all these stuff. There are many great stuff in these sessions. ...

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At Financial Analyst Meeting held yesterday at BUILD, Microsoft showed this slide to Wall Street analysts. The slide pretty much explains how Microsoft is taking on consumerization Of IT which everyone in the industry is aware of. As you notice apart from the traditional things like Windows, Office,etc,. SharePoint-the Facebook of the enterprise, Lync-the communication platform behind the firewall, Windows Intune- PC management through Cloud and at last HTML5 makes the Microsoft’s Enterprise Portfolio stronger than ever. I think no other enterprise player have such broad and coherent working solutions. You can find more from FAM here and here.   ...

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Mark Russinovich from Microsoft showed the above video at TechEd. The datacenters of Microsoft are handled by the Global Foundation Services (GFS) within the company. Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the engine that powers Microsoft’s Software Plus Services strategy. We focus on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide. The GFS leadership team is committed to delivering the strategy and the foundational platform for the company’s Software Plus Services infrastructure worldwide that supports our Online and Live services such as MSN and Windows Live, communications and collaboration services, and over 200 additional enterprise services and Web portals. Helping to mindfully shape the next era of computing, the senior leaders in GFS hold over 80 US technology patents and have a combined total over 130 years of industry experience in building and managing infrastructure technology networks, security, product development, and global operations. Their backgrounds ...

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  Hot on the heels of Windows Home Server availability announcement, Microsoft has also announced the availability of Windows SBS 2011 today to both MSDN,TechNet subscribers and on Microsoft.com as well. What’s Windows SMS 2011? Built on Windows Server 2008 R2, SBS Essentials is an agile new product designed and priced as a solution for businesses that have fewer than 25 users and do not have a client/server network in place. SBS Essentials gives small business customers an easy way to get their infrastructure in place using our simple-to-deploy server. At the same time, SBS Essentials ensures that business-critical data is regularly and automatically backed up, the health of the network is actively monitored, and users and computer management are easy and straightforward. In addition the comprehensive extensibility built into the product makes it easy to take advantage of a wide variety of cloud services and third-party additions. Source: Official ...

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CloudSleuth has been running some independent tests on the cloud services provided by 5 leading companies; Microsoft Windows Azure, Amazon EC2, Google App Engine, GoGrid and RackSpace. The tests were run using clients located on 150,000 end user computers  requesting two complex web pages from applications  CloudSleuth uploaded to each cloud service and was run during December 2010. The test found Microsoft Azure led the pack, offering users the fastest response times for a standard e-commerce application followed closely by Google App Engine, then GoGrid, Amazon EC2 and in last place RackSpace. Microsoft Windows Azure is one of the many initiatives that the company is launching to say relevant for the next 10 years of computing, with Microsoft spending more than a billion dollars to build server farms last year. Read more at Information Week here. ...

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Many still believe Microsoft is just about desktops, but Microsoft has been quietly winning market share in the server market also, despite the competition from the Unix-based operating systems. IDC reports Windows Server has increased its market share by revenue to 42.1%, , far ahead of its nearest rival, Unix, at 25.6% and Linux at 17%. IDC notes that Microsoft Windows server demand was positively impacted by the x86 server market refresh as hardware revenue increased 16.8% year over year. Windows servers generated Quarterly revenue of $6.3 billion for represented 42.1% of overall quarterly factory revenue from the shipment of 1.5 million servers, the highest quarterly total ever reported for Windows servers. Read more at IDC here. ...

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