Five lesser known Azure certifications and courses you need to become a cloud expert

By 2020 there will be 1.3 million unfilled jobs in Europe, many will be in cloud-related fields. As businesses invest in digital transformation (83% believe cloud skills are critical for digital transformation, according to Microsoft), demand for skilled cloud professionals is set to surge.

Microsoft’s leading cloud platform, Azure, now boasts

By Alex Bennett, 03 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Enterprise, Microsoft, Platform.

Why the war around the cloud has not even started yet

“CIOs are starting to wake up to the fact that there’s going to be multiple clouds to address multiple workloads and applications,” says Thor Culverhouse, CEO of Seattle-based Skytap, “which tells me the war around the cloud hasn’t even started.”

It makes for an interesting viewpoint, considering the assertion that the market is all but sewn up. Indeed, Gartner, in its most recent Magic Quadrant for cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), has placed Amazon Web Services...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Enterprise, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

Microsoft launches Azure confidential computing to protect data encrypted in use

Microsoft has announced the launch of ‘confidential computing’ in Azure, claiming to be the first public cloud provider to offer encryption of data while in use.

The project, for which a variety of Microsoft teams have been working for four years, is similar in scope to the Coco Framework, Redmond’s confidential computing blockchain initiative.

“Despite advanced...

By James Bourne, 14 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Management, Microsoft, Security.

Huawei’s cloudy Connect announcements analysed: Microsoft, AI, and more

Huawei’s Connect event kicked off earlier today – and the announcements flowed at a pace with its cloud offering front and centre of the majority of the news.

First off was the announcement of a partnership between the Chinese giant and Microsoft with Redmond’s apps being released on Huawei’s platform as part of an ‘in-depth cooperation on the public cloud.’

The two companies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to seal the deal whereby more Microsoft enterprise-level...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Trends.

Microsoft extends lead over Salesforce in enterprise SaaS – thanks to LinkedIn acquisition

Microsoft has extended its lead over Salesforce in the enterprise software as a service (SaaS) market with the LinkedIn acquisition starting to make its presence felt, according to Synergy Research.

The analyst firm, which has put out a note based on Q2 data, finds Adobe, Oracle and SAP round out the top five, with Salesforce still comfortably in the silver medal position.

Salesforce still bests Microsoft in the CRM space – the slowest growing of the buckets enterprise SaaS is measured in (below)...

By James Bourne, 31 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Salesforce, Software.

Microsoft acquires Cycle Computing to bolster high performance computing on Azure

Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Connecticut-based Cycle Computing to help provide easier access to high performance computing (HPC) in Azure.

Cycle has been in business since 2005 and provides orchestration software running both off the primary public cloud providers as well as in private cloud environments. Its core tenet is that ‘greater access to compute enables people to ask bigger questions, faster answers and a better world’, in the company’s own words.

According to the...

By James Bourne, 16 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft.

Microsoft joins Cloud Native Computing Foundation, launches new container service

Microsoft has joined the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), a San Francisco-based organisation aiming at sustaining containers and microservices architectures, as a platinum member.

The Redmond giant joins 14 other companies in the platinum membership category, including Docker, Google – who originally designed Kubernetes before donating it to the CNCF – and IBM.

The foundation’s mission statement is to “create and drive the adoption of a new computing paradigm that is optimised...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Microsoft, OpenSource, Platform.

AWS, Azure, and the state of play right now

A few headlines in the tech and business press over recent months have attempted to shed light on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and the public cloud.

As reported by The Street last week, Brent Bracelin, senior research analyst at Pacific Crest, wrote: “We estimate that in the second half of this year, Microsoft’s Commercial Cloud segment could...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.

Microsoft announces $23 billion revenue quarter as strong Azure growth continues

Microsoft has announced revenues of $23.3 billion (£17.9bn) in its most recent financial quarter – with cloud again at the heart of its success.

This will be something of a familiar story to those who have taken notice of Microsoft’s financials over the past year or so, with CEO Satya Nadella telling analysts that financial year 2017 “all up was a tremendous year of customer momentum with cloud, AI, and digital transformation.”

Microsoft does not disclose specific product...

By James Bourne, 21 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.