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.

AWS, Azure or Google: Do the differences between cloud providers really matter?

When evaluating public cloud providers,  it is easy to get hung up on the differences. AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud each have their own terminology, pricing, service catalog, and purchasing variations. But do these differences ultimately matter? 

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Though we are able to align comparable products across AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud,...

By Katy Stalcup, 23 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Vendors.

No Mickey Mouse Microsoft migration: Walt Disney Studios utilising Azure for content workflows

Walt Disney Studios is looking to the cloud for new ways to create, produce and distribute its content – and the media behemoth has chosen Microsoft to help.

The companies have signed a five-year ‘innovation partnership’ which will see Disney utilise Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to ‘help accelerate innovation at The Walt Disney Studios for production and post-production processes’ – or ‘scene to...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Collaboration, Microsoft, Platform, Software.

Microsoft expands European Azure presence with Germany and Switzerland launches

Microsoft has announced the launch of new Azure availability in Germany and Switzerland, citing increased data residency and security concerns as key to European expansion.

Azure is now available from cloud data centre regions located in Zurich and Geneva, for the Switzerland release announced at the end of last month, while Germany’s newest regions are in the North and West Central zones, in Berlin and...

By James Bourne, 10 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data Centres, Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Europe, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft to acquire cloud migration tool provider Movere

Microsoft is to acquire Movere, a SaaS platform which increases visibility on IT environments, the companies have announced.

Movere – whom industry watchers may remember until last year as Unified Logic – aims to ‘capture, integrate and analyse the data [companies] need to make smart decisions about their IT environment’, as the company puts it.

The...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2019, 0 comments. Categories: M&A, Microsoft, Migration, SaaS , Software.

Alibaba, Google Cloud and Microsoft among inaugural members of cloud security consortium

The Linux Foundation has announced the launch of a new community of tech all-stars focused on advancing trust and security for cloud and edge computing.

The open source community, dubbed the Confidential Computing Consortium (CCC), has 10 initial members: Alibaba, Arm, Baidu, Google Cloud, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Red Hat, Swisscom and Tencent.

“Current approaches in cloud...

By James Bourne, 28 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Alibaba, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft, OpenSource, Security.

A tale of two oligopolies: How JEDI illustrates the need for multi-cloud

Opinion The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure plan, or JEDI for short, has been mired in controversy ever since the US government opened it up for bidding. The $10bn cloud computing contract is at the centre of the Pentagon’s modernisation project and is set to completely overhaul its information technology systems.

This is the largest public cloud contract in history, and whichever provider is chosen will provide the digital infrastructure for the world’s most powerful defense department. The...

By David Friend, 15 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public.

Microsoft and Reliance Jio team up in 10-year cloud deal to ‘transform Indian economy and society’

Updated 1650 BST Indian network operator Reliance Jio has announced a 10-year partnership with Microsoft to utilise and promote Azure and ‘accelerate the digital transformation of the Indian economy and society.’

The alliance will comprise a variety of initiatives. Jio will move its non-network applications to...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Analysing Microsoft Azure Dedicated Host and licensing changes: Risk, rage, and reward

Updated August 14 Microsoft is modifying some of its Azure licensing terms for dedicated hosted cloud services, with a knock-on effect of making services more expensive for customers of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google and Alibaba Cloud.

The move coincides with Microsoft launching Azure Dedicated Host, a service that enables users to run...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration, Mobility, OpenSource.

A comprehensive guide to selecting SaaS project monitoring tools

Project monitoring is one of the most important aspects of the SaaS development process. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most neglected aspects. Given how complex and problem-prone this process can be, proceeding without careful scrutiny can create a lot of liabilities.

When monitoring is a priority in a SaaS project, system operation engineers are able to identify and address problems before end users even notice. Engineers can conduct workload and performance testing, estimate infrastructure...

By Dennis Turpitka, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Best Practice, Microsoft, Monitoring, SaaS , Software.

The rise of Office 365 phishing scams: How one compromised account can cost millions

More businesses than ever are now choosing to use cloud services. Despite the many benefits of doing so, such as reduced maintenance costs and improved scalability, there are a number of cyber security risks than organisations need to be aware of – including sophisticated phishing scams that intentionally target SaaS applications.

With more than 155 million active commercial monthly users, Office 365 is among the most widely used cloud hosted email and productivity suites – and consequently a...

By Mark Nicholls, 25 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SaaS , Security, Software.

LinkedIn begins ‘multi-year’ migration to Microsoft Azure

LinkedIn has announced the launch of a ‘multi-year migration’ project to Microsoft Azure.

The move will see LinkedIn move its infrastructure across, having already utilised Azure for a variety of services including video delivery and machine translation across the social network’s news feed.

“Today’s technology landscape makes the need for constant reinvention...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Migration.

Microsoft Azure secures 64% growth with goal to build 'world's computer'

Microsoft has unveiled its fourth quarter results to almost universal acclaim, with revenue up 12% to $33.7 billion (£26.9bn) and Azure revenue growth up 64%.

The company has been resolutely sticking to a theme on its earnings reports. "Microsoft Cloud drives record fourth quarter results," the release read this time last year. It was "Microsoft Cloud strength powers record first quarter results" three months hence, and for Q2, "Microsoft Cloud strength fuels second quarter...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Economy, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

AT&T seals major cloud deals with IBM and Microsoft as edge, AI and 5G key

Update July 18 It has been a busy 24 hours or so for AT&T; the telecoms giant has announced partnerships with IBM and Microsoft, building out offerings and collaborating on the latter’s clouds with the aim of becoming a ‘public cloud first’ company.

IBM and AT&T announced a multi-year 'strategic alliance' whereby the telco...

By James Bourne, 17 July 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft and Oracle partner up to interconnect clouds – with retail customers cited

Here’s proof that cloudy collaboration can happen even at the highest levels: Microsoft and Oracle have announced an ‘interoperability partnership’ aimed at helping customers migrate and run mission-critical enterprise workloads across Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud.

Organisations who are customers of both vendors will be able to connect Azure and Oracle Cloud seamlessly. The Oracle Ashburn data centre and...

By James Bourne, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

Time is running out for SQL Server 2008/R2 support – here’s what to do about it

Extended support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end in July 2019, giving database and system administrators precious little time to make some necessary changes. Upgrading the software to the latest version is always an option, of course, but for a variety of reasons, that may not be viable for some applications. So Microsoft is providing an alternative: Get three more years of free Extended Security Updates by migrating to the Azure cloud.

By Dave Bermingham, 05 June 2019, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Disaster Recovery, Microsoft, Migration, Platform.