Walmart and Microsoft team up for five year strategic cloud deal

Walmart is making Microsoft its preferred cloud provider – with machine learning and artificial intelligence a key focus.

The two companies – both rivals of Amazon – have signed a five year strategic partnership deal with Walmart looking to utilise ‘the full range of Microsoft’s cloud solutions’, as the retailer put it.

A ‘significant portion’ of walmart.com and samsclub.com will be migrated to Azure, including its cloud-powered checkout, while Walmart and...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

10 signs your clients need to deploy Azure

Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of services to help an organisation meet business challenges. Azure is a cloud platform for building, deploying and managing services and applications, allowing you and your clients to meet all your needs through all their services, within one platform.

Their on-premise servers are out-of-date

Operating on out-of-date servers is like driving a rusty old car. First you lose a wing mirror, then a door panel until you’re left in the street clutching nothing more...

By Craig Joseph, 19 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

Microsoft announces general availability of Azure Kubernetes Services

Those who attended or watched Cisco Live’s opening keynotes earlier this week – or indeed read our story on it – will have recognised the importance of Kubernetes to attendees with Google Cloud’s cameo being a particular highlight.

Now Microsoft is making waves of its own – with the general availability of its Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS).

The move will see...

By James Bourne, 14 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Containers, Developers, Microservices, Microsoft, Platform.

Office 365 usage goes up and up leaving G Suite behind, says research

Microsoft Office 365 usage continues to accelerate significantly across organisations of all sizes while Google’s G Suite languishes in comparison, according to new figures from Bitglass.

The cloud access security broker (CASB), in its 2018 Cloud Adoption Report, analysed software usage of more than 135,000 companies globally and found Office 365 continues to rule the roost.

56.3% of the more than 135,000 companies analysed were users, compared with only a quarter (24.8%) for G Suite. The latter has...

By James Bourne, 30 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Microsoft, Research, Software.

Gartner’s 2018 IaaS Magic Quadrant: Google joins leaders’ zone as only six vendors make cut

Google has clambered into the leaders’ section of Gartner’s latest infrastructure as a service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant, while the wheat has been separated from the chaff.

The annual report concluded that the cloud IaaS market is now a three-horse race in the top right box, with the leaders’ zone not being an Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft-only area for the first time since 2013.

Indeed, Gartner hacked away many of the fringe players for the latest Quadrant. Only six companies...

By James Bourne, 29 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Google, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud hyperscaler capex spend goes into overdrive in Q1, argues Synergy

If you want to challenge the leading cloud infrastructure providers, you are going to need some seriously deep pockets. According to the latest figures from analyst firm Synergy Research, hyperscaler cloud capex spending hit a record $27 billion (£20.1bn) in the most recent quarter.

The top five spenders in the industry remain Google, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Amazon, with Alibaba, IBM, JD.com, NTT, and Tencent comprising the top 10.

Google kicked off the quarter by announcing

By James Bourne, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Concern over cloud storage security remains says Spiceworks – but good news for OneDrive

One in four respondents to a survey from IT community Spiceworks say they remain unconvinced by cloud storage security – with Microsoft OneDrive holding firm as the most popular service.

The study, which polled more than 500 respondents from organisations across North America and Europe, found more than half (51%) are currently using OneDrive, compared with 34% for both Google Drive and Dropbox, going down to 13% and 6% for Apple iCloud Drive and Box respectively.

When broken down by company size,...

By James Bourne, 22 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Research, Security, Software, Storage.

Microsoft Azure pricing 101: Tips and tricks

Microsoft Azure, like many other cloud service providers, have built their billing and subscription models on a pay-per-use basis, i.e., if you use one hour of CPU time you pay for the hour you have consumed. No more, no less.

This basic economic principle forms the foundation of most public cloud services. However, the implementation of this simple concept can be quite complex and intricate. This is especially true if the...

By Rhonda Sherwood, 04 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

AWS and Microsoft bask in strong financials – but is AI the battleground for the next ‘cloud wars’?

Amazon and Microsoft have joined IBM and Google in reporting its quarterly numbers – and the good news just keeps on coming for the hyperscalers and the cloud market in general.

Amazon announced total revenues of $51 billion (£36.9bn) in the first quarter, with Amazon Web Services (AWS) contributing $5.4bn (£3.94bn), or 10.6% of all revenues. This compares favourably with this time last year, AWS hitting $3.66bn of total revenues of $35.7bn in Q117, with AWS passing $5bn for the first time

By James Bourne, 27 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Economy, Google, Microsoft, Vendors.

HPE acquires RedPixie to add Azure skills to its cloud consulting arm

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has announced the acquisition of London-based RedPixie to further bolster its cloud consulting expertise.

RedPixie’s vision, in the company’s own words, is ‘to go beyond technology, building and managing Azure hybrid solutions for clients in financial services.’ The company was founded in 2010 and comprises a team of business consultants, cloud architects and data scientists.

The acquisition will fall under the remit of HPE Pointnext, the...

By James Bourne, 11 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, M&A, Microsoft, Migration.

Microsoft expands data centre plans in Europe and the Middle East

Microsoft continues to expand its data centre empire, with new locations in Germany, Switzerland, and the United Arab Emirates planned, the company has announced.

The expansion takes Azure to 50 regions worldwide, with other data centres in the works including South Africa and Australia. The UAE data centres will be the first inroads Microsoft has made into the Middle East, with the company citing its ‘long-standing expertise and deep local relationships’ in the area to accelerate technological...

By James Bourne, 15 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft expands government cloud offerings as company says IT shift ‘reaches tipping point’

Microsoft has beefed up its government cloud offerings, launching government-specific editions of Microsoft 365 and Azure Stack, as well as greater security and compliance in Dynamics 365.

Microsoft 365, which comprises Office 365, Windows 10, and Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS), and Azure Stack, which extends Azure to on-premises environments, are being upgraded as Microsoft acknowledges faster acceleration of government organisations moving to the cloud.

“This move is driven largely by the desire...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Compliance, Data & Analytics, Data Management, Microsoft, PublicSector, Security.

RightScale State of the Cloud 2018: Azure gains on AWS, enterprise cloud spend increases

Enterprise cloud spend is on the up while Microsoft Azure gains ground on Amazon Web Services (AWS), according to the latest RightScale State of the Cloud report.

The study, which polled almost 1,000 respondents, found that Azure enterprise adoption was at 58%, gaining around on AWS with 68%. For organisations who have just begun their cloud journeys (below), Azure leads AWS, in 49% and 47% implementation respectively.

By James Bourne, 13 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Microsoft aims to snare Box, Dropbox and Google customers with new OneDrive deal

Look out Box, Dropbox and Google – Microsoft is offering free OneDrive to customers of its cloud storage rivals in an attempt to poach them.

The move was announced on an official Microsoft blog yesterday. The company will offer free OneDrive for Business to Box, Dropbox and Google customers with a couple of caveats; the organisations must not currently be OneDrive for Business or Office 365...

By James Bourne, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Microsoft, Storage, Virtualisation.

Microsoft posts more solid cloud growth with $28.9bn in overall revenue for Q218

Microsoft continues to cite the cloud as the key to its success; the company has posted revenues of $28.9 billion and operating income of $8.7bn for Q218, an increase of 12% and 10% respectively.

While the company does not give specific numbers for Azure, saying its revenue has gone up 98%, its ‘intelligent cloud’ bucket – which focuses on Azure and server products, saw revenues of $7.8bn, an increase of 15% year over year, while the ‘productivity and business processes’...

By James Bourne, 01 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Economy, Microsoft.

Goodbye 2017, hello 2018: The best cloud stories of last year – and how this year will shape up

It’s been another exciting year in the cloud computing space. From blockchain, to AI, to containers and microservices, the technological developments have made for interesting reading – as well as the continued pushes by the leading companies in the ecosystem.

Below, CloudTech has put together five trends which shaped 2017, featuring some of the biggest stories of last year, as well as a series of predictions from executives on what they expect from 2018.

2017

The AWS/Azure competition – with Alibaba and Oracle on...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2018, 2 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Microsoft, Trends.

Microsoft and SAP partnership aims to ‘drive more business innovation in the cloud’

Amazon won’t have the cloudy news agenda all its own way this week: Microsoft has announced a partnership with SAP which aims to ‘provide enterprise customers with a clear roadmap to confidently drive more business innovation in the cloud’, as the companies put it.

The move will enable organisations to run SAP’s private managed cloud service, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, on Microsoft Azure, as well as some internal use cases; Microsoft will deploy SAP S/4HANA on Azure for its internal...

By James Bourne, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Microsoft, SAP.

VMware says it won’t support customers who opt for Microsoft’s Azure Migrate tool

Microsoft’s recent announcement and product update aimed at helping customers migrate from their VMware environments has, unsurprisingly, not gone down very well with the virtualisation giant.

On Monday, as announced in a blog post earlier this week, Microsoft will announce Azure Migrate, a free service, will become broadly available to all Azure customers. The key use case, and one which Corey Sanders, Azure...

By James Bourne, 24 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Migration, Virtualisation, VMware.

Symantec chooses AWS as ‘strategic infrastructure provider’ for majority of cloud workloads

It may be holiday season in the US – but two companies who probably won’t be on the same Thanksgiving table are Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft. The two largest public cloud providers appear to have crossed paths again, this time over security giant Symantec.

Late last night, AWS issued a missive announcing that Symantec has chosen the Seattle firm as its ‘strategic infrastructure provider for the vast majority of its cloud workloads’.

According to the press materials, Symantec...

By James Bourne, 23 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Applications, Microsoft, Migration.