Mind the backup gap: Protecting born in the cloud data in Office 365

Applications such as Exchange, Sharepoint and OneDrive are the oil that keeps the wheels of commerce turning. Adoption of Office 365 is growing at such a rate that even Microsoft has been taken by surprise. The company estimates that during FY2019 it will reach the point where two-thirds of its office business customers will have migrated to the software-as-a-service platform which, it says, is about a year ahead of...

By Amy Hawthorne, 07 December 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft.

ThousandEyes assesses the key performance differences between AWS, Azure and GCP

Plenty of factors have to be taken into account when choosing a cloud provider, from performance to price and everything in between. Indeed, many organisations have gone ahead of this process and are now weighing up more than one cloud provider, assessing which workloads fit best.

When it comes to the combination of price and performance, companies

By James Bourne, 09 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Architecture, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

AWS hits $6.7bn in quarterly revenue – as the biggest cloud infrastructure players get even bigger

Amazon Web Services (AWS) hit almost $6.7 billion (£5.2bn) in revenues for its most recent quarter – up almost 10% from the previous quarter and marking a 45% jump from this time last year.

Despite Amazon’s overall figures being a slight disappointment for investors and analysts – shares dipped in after-hours trading after total quarterly revenues of $56.6bn missed the $57.1bn target – AWS continues to...

By James Bourne, 26 October 2018, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft cites Azure and cloud strength for more strong financials – but it’s all about the long-term ethos

It would not have been beyond the realms of possibility for this publication to open its analysis of Microsoft’s Q119 results by simply providing a link to Q418 and leaving it at that. After all, Redmond’s message has barely changed. Whereas July’s headline was ‘Microsoft Cloud...

By James Bourne, 25 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft, Amazon and Google infrastructure-centric: Why the cloud is increasingly ‘magic’

Opinion We hear the term ‘the year of the cloud’ many times. I profess that it is ‘the decade of the cloud’ – and what’s more, we haven’t even really started yet.

Having been in the cloud industry for more than 12 years, and had a wealth of opportunity to engage with business across vertical sectors – from small local businesses to global enterprises and across geographic regions...

By Ian Moyse, 02 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How to make Amazon Web Services highly available for SQL Server

Mission-critical database applications are often the most complex use case in the public cloud for a variety of reasons. They need to keep running 24x7 under all possible failure scenarios. As a result, they require full redundancy, which involves provisioning standby server instances and continuously replicating the data. Configurations that work well in a private cloud may not be possible in the public cloud. And providing high availability can incur considerably...

By Dave Bermingham, 27 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

Microsoft makes Azure Data Box generally available for heavy duty data migration

More and more enterprise data is being transferred to the cloud, but sometimes the journey can break the network's back - which calls for less virtual and more physical solutions.

Microsoft has announced the general availability of Azure Data Box, a physical box which organisations can order, fill up, and then return to Redmond for it to be uploaded to an Azure environment. 

Companies and users can store up to 100 TB per standard box, with variables either way. The newly announced Data Box Heavy can...

By James Bourne, 26 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Hardware, Microsoft.

Microsoft digs down on Azure outage, explores data loss and failover question

Microsoft has put together a post-mortem on what it described as an 'unprecedented' Azure outage - exploring an interesting question of data loss and failover capability.

The outage, which affected customers on the VSTS - or Azure DevOps - service in the South Central US region, required more than 21 hours to recover all facilities, as well as an additional incident regarding a database which went offline taking another two hours to resolve.

As the status page - which originally went down with the...

By James Bourne, 11 September 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft sees it all come together in financials as Azure revenues go up 89% year on year

It’s becoming a rather shop-worn tale – but for another quarter, Microsoft has cited cloud success as key to its financial results.

And why not? For Q418, Microsoft posted revenues of $30.1 billion (£23.1bn), an increase of 17% on this time last year. Total revenue for the year was $110.4bn, an uptick of 14% on 2017. For the various buckets into which Microsoft divulges its revenues, ‘intelligent cloud’ was at $9.6bn – up from $7.8bn the previous year – while...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data Centres, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.