Autotask partners with Microsoft CSP programme to maximise Azure opportunity

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IT management software provider Autotask has announced a partnership with Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) programme and MessageOps to launch CSP Boss.

The product is aimed at Autotask customers looking to “maximise the cloud services opportunity”. Service providers can automate management, billing and support of Microsoft’s cloud portfolio, including Office 365, Azure, and SharePoint, while value added services can also be provided in the form of...

By James Bourne, 27 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

95% of enterprises say their cloud office migration has been a success

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For the vast majority of IT decision makers, cloudy offices fit their organisations like a glove. That’s one of the key findings from a study released by software vendor BetterCloud, which found 95% of the almost 270 respondents agree that Office 365 and Google Apps suit their workplace needs well.

Comparing the two, however, is something which is too tempting to resist. 44% of Google Apps users say that system fits their needs ‘very well’, compared with 39% for...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Applications, Microsoft, Research, SaaS , Software.

Microsoft secures major court win with ramifications for global cloud data storage

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A federal court has ruled that the US government cannot force Microsoft to hand over data stored in other countries, overturning an original decision from a magistrate judge in 2014 and giving a shot in the arm for cloud security and data sovereignty.

The key asset in the case was data located in Microsoft’s data centre in Dublin, after the US Department of Justice had wanted to...

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Management, Data Sovereignty, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

AWS and Microsoft get FedRAMP approval for sensitive cloud data

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Another day, another piece of good news for both Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS); the vendors are two of three companies which have been given authority by the US government for federal agencies to use them for sensitive cloud data.

Azure and AWS, alongside CSRA’s ARC-P IaaS, have been given the green light under the new FedRAMP High Baseline requirements. The full, mammoth spreadsheet documenting each guideline can be found

By James Bourne, 24 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Government, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft and SAP expand partnership, running SAP HANA on Azure

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Tech giants Microsoft and SAP have announced a partnership enabling in-memory database platform SAP HANA to run on the Microsoft Azure cloud, as well as other integrations with SAP’s cloud and Office 365.

The announcement, made at SAP’s SAPPHIRE NOW conference with SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella onstage together, also includes management and security of custom SAP Fiori apps. Developing custom mobile hybrid apps on SAP HANA will also include support...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, SAP, Software.

Why more enterprises are running Microsoft applications on the AWS cloud

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Microsoft revenue from Windows Server rose a remarkable 46% in 2015, even while revenue from on-premises licenses fell 2%. The source of growth? Cloud service providers like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS), whose customers would rather pay pennies per hour for a license than spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on on-premises licenses.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud is ramping up efforts to make the case that you should run Windows Server or any application from Microsoft on AWS. There have been...

By Logicworks, 29 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Exponential-e collaborates with Microsoft to offer ‘render as a service’

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UK-based cloud and network provider Expontential-e has announced a collaboration with Microsoft Azure to provide a ‘render as a service’ (RaaS) platform for delivering near real-time rendering capabilities for industries that make use of 3D modelling, such as architecture, manufacturing and medicine.

The point and click solution is developed via the integration of Exponential-e’s high-speed, secure network with the hyperscale public cloud of Azure, and will...

By Cloud Tech, 15 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Platform.

Microsoft announces $1bn cloud pledge for “public good”

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has revealed a three part philanthropic initiative whereby the tech giant will donate $1 billion (£704m) of cloud computing resources towards non-profit organisations and education over the next three years.

The Redmond firm argues the cloud is a vital resource for “unlocking the secrets held by data”, in terms of communications and problem solving, better delivery of services, and helping organisations work in a more productive and...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Public, Software.

Anything AWS can do: Microsoft announces new Azure VM price cuts

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Microsoft has announced price reductions of up to 17% on its Azure D-series Dv2 virtual machines, in an evident play against Amazon Web Services (AWS) following its own price cuts.

Just how evident this latest move is occurs when Microsoft cloud platform director of marketing Nicole Herskowitz calls AWS out. In a blog post, Herskowitz writes: “It is worthwhile to note that the Azure...

By James Bourne, 15 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft.

How much money is your cloud slurping up? Businesses still in the dark, says survey

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Many organisations continue to be left in the dark when it comes to providing details on cloud costs and consumption, according to research released by Cloud Cruiser.

The survey, which polled almost 350 IT professionals who were at the AWS re:Invent shows in 2014 and 2015, found almost half (42%) of respondents saying it continues to be difficult to properly allocate public...

By James Bourne, 08 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Microsoft, Software.

Microsoft announces UK data centres to arrive by late 2016

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Microsoft has announced it is to launch commercial cloud services from the UK, making Azure and Office 365 available from UK data centres by late 2016.

The Redmond giant already has data centres in 20 locations – or regions, if you prefer semantically – across five continents, yet its representation in Europe has been comparatively low, with only two data centres in Ireland and the Netherlands respectively. Back in September, cloud platform marketing general manager Mike...

By James Bourne, 10 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Bitcasa CEO Brian Taptich: Competing with Microsoft, Amazon, Google a “suicide mission”

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Brian Taptich, the CEO of developer-centric cloud storage provider Bitcasa, has told this publication that Microsoft shuttering its unlimited OneDrive storage policy is “definitely not a failure” and other players in the space are risking a “suicide mission” by competing against the hypervendors on their own terms.

Earlier this...

By James Bourne, 06 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

Microsoft, Amazon and Google: How cloud underpins their financial figures

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Yesterday was a pretty busy day if you were tracking financial results, with Amazon, Microsoft and Google all declaring their figures. And it was an impressive showing on the cloud side for the three tech giants, with Microsoft announcing Azure usage and compute usage more than doubling year on year and Amazon Web Services (AWS) showing similar quarterly and yearly growth.

AWS brought in $2.09bn for the firm in Q315, compared with $1.17bn for this time last year, with $5.47bn in the nine...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, Economy, Google, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft and Dell team up again for “truly integrated” hybrid cloud offering

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Microsoft and Dell have continued their long-standing partnership by announcing a new “Azure-consistent integrated system for hybrid cloud” at the Dell World event in Texas.

The move is an updated ‘standard’ version of the companies’ ‘Azure in a box’ service announced last year, the Cloud Platform System (CPS). Utilising Dell’s hardware with Microsoft’s software, the two companies argue the platform is the only integrated system...

By James Bourne, 22 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software.

Microsoft: How the cloud conversation has changed – and the edge on AWS

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Microsoft cloud platform marketing general manager Mike Schutz has told analysts at the Deutsche Bank Technology Conference of the explosive growth in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and how the company is differentiating against rivals Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform and IBM in the cloud.

With Deutsche Bank’s Karl Keirstead asking the questions, Schutz noted the varied nature of Microsoft’s customer base gives it the advantage over AWS.

By James Bourne, 21 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Adoption, Hybrid, IaaS, Industry, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

FAA moves to the cloud through CSC, Microsoft and Amazon in potential $1bn contract

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CSC has announced a contract win with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worth $108 million (£70.4m) alongside Microsoft, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other business partners.

The contract, potentially worth $1 billion over 10 years, will see the FAA move to a hybrid cloud environment, with CSC consolidating data centres and migrating data and systems across using the CSC Agility Platform cloud management tool.

The news was

By James Bourne, 01 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Amazon, Hybrid, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

AWS, Microsoft, IBM and Google “leave rest behind” in cloud infrastructure market

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The revenues of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google in cloud infrastructure services commands more than half of the worldwide market, according to new data from Synergy Research.

The figures reveal the combined market share of the ‘big four’ at 54% of the overall cloud infrastructure market, comparing favourably with Q214 (46%) and Q213 (41%). AWS holds a 29% market share at the top, with each of the big four cloud providers increasing their share of the...

By James Bourne, 24 July 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Amazon, Google, Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Microsoft reveals cloud growth but $3.2bn net loss in latest financial results

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Microsoft has reported a $3.2 billion net loss for the second quarter of 2015, the worst in the company’s history, but backed it up alongside continued strong cloud growth.

It was always going to look nasty. Following the $7.5bn writedown of its Nokia offshoot, the analysts were prepared to sink their teeth into the Redmond giant as its latest financial results came through. Yet Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was unrepentant, arguing the cloud and mobile gains were pushing the...

By James Bourne, 22 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Economy, Enterprise, Microsoft, Software.

Hybrid the future for now, but Microsoft on track to convert customers to the cloud

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A report from enterprise mobile collaboration provider harmon.ie argues Microsoft is making progress in moving its customers’ productivity software to the mobile cloud, yet on premise remains important.

The company, which offers a tool which puts all Microsoft productivity tools within a single screen, notes Microsoft has a stronghold on productivity suites. 97% of respondents polled said they expect their clients’ use of Office 365 to increase in the coming 12 months,...

By James Bourne, 14 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise, Microsoft, Mobility, SaaS , Software.