Microsoft to acquire Affirmed Networks to get onto AWS’ wavelength

Microsoft has announced it is to acquire Affirmed Networks, a provider of network functions virtualisation (NFV) software – as the telecoms space heats up for the biggest cloud players. 

As 5G is becoming more of a reality, cloud vendors see their role as enabling telecom operators to deploy and maintain next-generation networks more efficiently.  

“At Microsoft, we intend to empower the telecommunications industry as it continues its move to 5G and support both...

By James Bourne, 27 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Virtualisation.

Blog: How cloud companies are reacting to Covid-19 and services offered: AWS, Alibaba, and more

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, with citizens across many countries urged to work from home where possible, it has posed a unique challenge for both frontend applications and the backend technologies underpinning them.

A lot of attention has, understandably, focused on the former. Zoom, which appears to be the videoconferencing tool du jour for many businesses, has held up well thus far, although at the time of print (March 23)

By James Bourne, 24 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

Pentagon to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of JEDI Microsoft cloud contract award

Updated 1530 GMT The Pentagon has asked a federal court for 120 days to ‘reconsider certain aspects’ of the decision to award Microsoft the $10 billion (£7.9bn) federal cloud computing contract.

The ruling, in a court order published on Thursday, noted that Amazon Web Services (AWS), who last month won a...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, PublicSector, Regulation.

Gartner’s cloud AI developer services Magic Quadrant sees AWS edge out Microsoft and Google

The hyperscalers continue to lead where others fear to tread – or at least those without the cavernous pockets of the biggest cloud players, at least. Gartner has gazed into its crystal ball and ranked the main vendors for cloud AI developer services, and it’s a 1-2-3 for Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Google.

In its latest Magic Quadrant, Gartner defines ‘cloud AI developer services’ thus: as...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Developers, Google, Microsoft, Platform, Research, Vendors.

Amazon wins injunction to temporarily halt Microsoft JEDI contract award – reports

A US judge has temporarily paused Microsoft’s $10 billion JEDI cloud computing contract following an appeal from Amazon, signalling a significant win for the latter.

According to various reports, Judge Patricia Campbell-Smith, of the US Federal Claims Court, agreed to the initial step. While the existence of the injunction can be made public, the documents pertaining to them are currently sealed.

By James Bourne, 14 February 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft posts more strong financials and 62% Azure growth – with differentiation key to success

Microsoft saw its Azure business grow 62% in its most recent quarter after posting total revenues of $36.9 billion (£28.2bn) – yet chief executive Satya Nadella was keen to note the breadth of Azure’s stack as well as the bottom line.

The company’s Q220 figures, as ever divided into three primary revenue buckets, saw its ‘intelligent cloud’ stream increase 26% year over year to $11.8bn....

By James Bourne, 30 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Salesforce, SAP, Software.

Microsoft to launch cloud data centre region in Israel

Microsoft has announced the launch of a new cloud data centre region in Israel, bringing the total number of countries served by Azure to 21.

The region is expected to go live in 2021, starting with Azure and with Office 365 to follow. The move represents another EMEA expansion, following recent launches in Germany and Switzerland.

Among the list of customers using Microsoft's...

By James Bourne, 23 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

The war rages on for AWS, Azure and Google Cloud: Exploring the battlefield and strategy for 2020

The hyperscale cloud providers – Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, with other pretenders occasionally cited – naturally generate the vast majority of revenues and, with it, the headlines.

According to figures from Synergy Research in December, one third of data...

By James Bourne, 22 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software, Vendors.

Goodbye 2019, hello 2020: The year in cloud reviewed – and what is on the horizon

To say 2019 was a busy year for cloud would be no surprise. Yet the past 12 months has seen innovation, expansion, and drama which represents a poke in the eye for those who dismiss the industry as being consolidated and saturated.

Without any further ado, here is CloudTech’s traditional look back on the year in focus – and what the following 12 months will have in store for industry players and watchers alike.

The...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2020, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, Government, Hybrid, Microsoft, Research, Security.

Microsoft and AT&T expand upon partnership to deliver Azure services on 5G core

Microsoft and AT&T have beefed up their strategic partnership, announcing a new offering where AT&T’s growing 5G network will be able to run Azure services.

The companies will be opening select preview availability for network edge compute (NEC) technology. The technology ‘weaves Microsoft Azure cloud services into AT&T network edge locations closer to customers,’ as the companies put it.

By James Bourne, 26 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Architecture, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

The new hybrid cloud will transform IT operations: How the big three clouds are responding

CIOs have been telling their cloud partners for years now that they’re not ready to fully commit to the public cloud. They have existing infrastructure investments which they’re loathe to jettison and some applications and workloads can’t easily move off site. In other cases, IT needs workloads to run nearby in the data centre to satisfy the extreme low latency requirements for services on the factory floor or in the emergency room.

By Wael Altaqi, 21 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Data Centres, Google, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Salesforce chooses Microsoft Azure for marketing cloud migration

Salesforce is moving its Marketing Cloud suite onto Microsoft Azure in an expansion of the companies’ partnership – and a big win for Microsoft.

The move will also see the two companies integrate Sales Cloud and Service Cloud with productivity and collaboration suite Microsoft Teams.

“By bringing together the power of Azure and Microsoft Teams with Salesforce, our aim...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Salesforce, Software.

Cloud hyperscaler benchmark report shows China connectivity as a vital issue for all

No cloud is created equal – and according to a benchmark analysis of the biggest providers from network intelligence software provider ThousandEyes, performance varies between the hyperscalers with some potentially surprising findings.

The report, ThousandEyes’ 2019-2020 Cloud Performance Benchmark, assessed more than 320 million data points collected from almost 100 global metro locations over the course of a...

By James Bourne, 14 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Amazon, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

The five most significant announcements from Microsoft Ignite – and what they mean for you

At this year’s Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella placed the focus on consistent developer experiences in multi- and hybrid-cloud, alongside the announcements of new initiatives for “cloud-delivered quantum computing.” Nadella, in his keynote speech in Orlando, also emphasized the role of a consistent and reliable management platform across various cloud environments – including AWS and Google Cloud.

By Tanuj Mitra, 13 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

With Azure Arc, Microsoft aims to go beyond traditional hybrid cloud – with Anthos and Outposts for company

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. Microsoft’s most eye-catching announcement at MS Ignite earlier this week was around Azure Arc which, similar to AWS Outposts and Google Anthos, allows Azure to run and be run on its hyperscale rivals.

The rationale, as the company has put it in the press materials, was to go beyond the usual definitions of hybrid cloud in an area which is rapidly becoming more than table stakes for...

By James Bourne, 07 November 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft beats AWS to $10bn JEDI contract: Defining multi-cloud and analysing administrative influence

Analysis The announcement from the Department of Defense (DoD) on Friday that Microsoft had been awarded the long-detailed $10 billion JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) cloud computing contract elicited responses of surprise from many in the industry.

The release confirming the contract to Microsoft made for interesting reading. Transparency was the name of the game: the award was ‘conducted in accordance with applicable laws and regulations’, it ‘cleared review by the GAO and Court of...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, PublicSector.

Microsoft again secures strong revenues with ‘material growth’ in $10m Azure contracts noted

Microsoft has reported revenues of $33.1 billion (£25.7bn) for its most recent quarter, with CEO Satya Nadella emphasising the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) in building out cloud applications.

Writing the headline for Microsoft’s quarterly earnings release requires conforming to some kind of template: ‘Microsoft...

By James Bourne, 24 October 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.