Microsoft Azure prices rise for European and Australian customers

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Pretty much every cloud software or infrastructure pricing article this publication has ever penned has announced the news of lower prices. Google in particular continues to strenuously follow Moore’s Law, the latest being back in May when Compute Engine instance prices were slashed.

This time, however, it’s different: Microsoft is revising its cloud prices, with...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft invests in undersea cables to connect global data centres

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Microsoft has announced a series of partnerships to invest in subsea cables and terrestrial dark fibre capacity in order to better connect their global data centres.

The partnerships are with Ireland-based subsea capacity-based network provider AquaComms and telecoms service providers Hibernia Networks and Chunghwa Telecom. David Crowley, managing director for network enablement at Azure, notes: “As people and organisations expect data and information at their fingertips,...

By James Bourne, 13 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Centres, Microsoft.

Microsoft unveils Azure App Service, digs into cloud first mantra again

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With everything Microsoft releases, it’s a “mobile first, cloud first” mantra which accompanies it. This is no different; the tech giant has announced the launch of the Azure App Service, a cloud service which enables developers to built web and mobile apps for any platform and any device.

The service brings together the capabilities from Azure Websites, Azure Mobile Services and Azure BizTalk Services. Microsoft aims to provide an integrated solution that streamlines...

By James Bourne, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Developers, Microsoft.

Microsoft gives $500k of Azure credits, Office 365 subscriptions to Y Combinator startups

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Microsoft is giving $500,000 (£328,000) of free Azure hosting credit to Y Combinator (YC) startups, according to YC president Sam Altman.

The Redmond giant will also be offering YC firms in the Winter 2015 batch and beyond three years of Office 365 subscription, access to Microsoft developer staff, as well as one year of CloudFlare and DataStax enterprise services.

In a blog post published on February 9, Altman notes the company “[doesn’t] want to leave software...

By James Bourne, 11 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Microsoft offers 100GB of OneDrive storage for US Bing Rewards users

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It seems Microsoft can’t give away enough cloud storage at the minute: US-based users of Bing Rewards can grab 100GB of free OneDrive storage for two years.

Bing Rewards, as you’d expect, is an incentive-based service that allows users to collect points the more they use Microsoft’s search engine which can then be exchanged for rewards such as e-gift cards. However according to Windows...

By James Bourne, 10 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Software, Storage.

Microsoft releases how-to guide for hybrid cloud implementation

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Microsoft has released a series of instruction guides for setting up hybrid cloud environments, including putting together a SharePoint intranet farm and a web-based line of business application in a hybrid cloud.

The tech giant cites a lack of previous resources in this field as the reason for putting pen to paper – while there is plenty of content out there for creating a test environment in a cloud-only virtual network, for instance, hybrid environments have scant documentation in...

By James Bourne, 09 February 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft.

Dropbox becomes available for Windows Phone and tablets, builds on Microsoft partnership

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Dropbox has announced availability on Windows Phone devices and Microsoft tablets, available on Windows RT, 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.0.

Windows now completes the set of mobile options for Dropbox, with the cloud storage product already available on Android phones, Kindle Fire, iPhones, iPads and BlackBerry phones.

The news comes as both companies look to solidify their partnership

By James Bourne, 22 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Microsoft, Software, Storage.

Microsoft takes clear lead in IaaS second place race, AWS still way out in front

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Microsoft has leapt ahead of its competition for second place in global infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenues, yet still continues to be dwarfed by Amazon Web Services, according to the latest analysis from Synergy Research.

The analyst house, which has covered the IaaS market in depth over the past few years, released a graph today which showed competitive pricing for cloud infrastructure services in Q3. Amazon retains its huge lead in the market, yet Microsoft is racing...

By James Bourne, 29 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Research.

Cloud storage wars: The Bitcasa and Microsoft stories are a sign of the times

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Opinion This week has seen two companies, very different in size, take two very different paths with its cloud storage capabilities.

Bitcasa announced last week it was binning its $10 a month unlimited cloud storage option for customers. The reason the company gave was two-fold; firstly there was a lack of demand, and secondly there was a group of “abusers” – in other words, businesses using individual storage accounts.

In a blog post, Bitcasa noted they could only see...

By James Bourne, 28 October 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage.

How Carlsberg is deploying Office 365 to move its operations to the cloud

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Danish beer brand Carlsberg is rolling out Microsoft Office 365 for greater enterprise collaboration, according to details of a customer case study from Redmond.

Carlsberg is rolling out this technology initiative under the banner of ‘GloCal’, which “aims for global efficiency while staying true to its local roots,” and chose Microsoft Office 365 as the optimal solution.

Employees use a full range of Microsoft products: Exchange Online for email; Lync as a...

By James Bourne, 27 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Case Studies, Microsoft, Migration.

Microsoft’s Azure outages: How does this affect the firm’s cloudy reputation?

Microsoft suffered a blow yesterday when its Azure cloud and virtual machines suffered a series of outages before later being restored.

According to Reuters, the downtime was due to interruptions in multiple centres, with a representative from the company explaining that a small section of its customer base was affected.

A cursory glance at Azure’s status history page gives a...

By James Bourne, 19 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Disaster Recovery, Microsoft, SLA.

Amazon’s market lead in infrastructure services dwindles as IBM and Microsoft claw deficit back

Amazon Web Services is still the dominant market leader in infrastructure services, but IBM and Microsoft are closing the gap in revenues with Google well off the pace, according to the latest number crunching by analyst firm Synergy Research.

For the research house, it represents the first changing of the record in some time, having previously been huge advocates of Amazon’s market offering. AWS was “in a league of its own” this time last...

By James Bourne, 29 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Amazon, IaaS, Microsoft, PaaS, Research.

US judge orders Microsoft to give up overseas cloud data

A US judge has ruled that US-based providers must hand over customer emails even if they are stored in a location overseas.

The decision comes amidst a challenge from Microsoft with regard to an Ireland-based customer, claiming that as the US government does not have jurisdiction overseas the company should not be forced to disclose user data.

Yet Judge James C. Francis has dismissed this claim, further jeopardising the data security of US cloud providers.

Judge Francis explained the issue at stake....

By James Bourne, 29 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Legal, Microsoft.

OneBigDrive chief: Microsoft OneDrive naming “could lead to confusion”

Exclusive Nikola Pizurica, president of the company which provides the OneBigDrive cloud storage app, has told CloudTech that while Microsoft renaming its storage biz OneDrive “could lead to some confusion” for consumers, the company is focused on its own goals.

“We are going our way,” he affirms, although adding he was ‘surprised’ at the time that Microsoft chose to rename to OneDrive.

Redmond had courted angry companies

By James Bourne, 09 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Interview, Microsoft, Storage.

After Google and Amazon slash their cloud prices, Microsoft follows suit

Microsoft has announced price cuts on its compute facility by up to 35% and its storage by up to 65%, days after Google and Amazon Web Services did likewise.

Perhaps this is the least surprising news of the year – Amazon’s price cuts being the second least surprising. That said, everyone suspected Redmond’s cloud announcement wasn’t going to be just renaming Windows Azure to Microsoft Azure.

By James Bourne, 02 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Microsoft, Storage, Vendors.

Microsoft’s huge hosting survey reveals hybrid adoption figures

A survey of over 2000 respondents by Microsoft and 451 Research has shown that half of companies have deployed some form of hybrid cloud.

The report, which clocks in at a mammoth 75 pages (pdf here, if you’ve got an hour or two), revealed that 989 (49%) of the 2041 execs surveyed had configured a hybrid for interoperability. Of that number:

  • 60% had used an on premise private cloud alongside a hosted private cloud
  • 42.1% had combined an on premise private cloud with a public...

By James Bourne, 21 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Hybrid, Microsoft, Research, SaaS .

Six of the best: CloudTech’s top cloud stories from the web

It’s that time again: here are CloudTech’s six favourite stories from around the web.

No prizes for guessing which story dominates the selections, but this month’s gamut is a mix of seat swapping, storage and smack talk.

1) Microsoft chief goes back to the future [Financial Times]: There wasn’t any other place to start. The biggest job in the IT industry was announced last week, and it’s not a coincidence that the new man in the...

By Cloud Tech, 10 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Editorial, Microsoft.

Microsoft introduces Power BI in the cloud

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Microsoft is betting heavily on the cloud for delivering self-service BI capabilities. Power BI builds on existing Microsoft Excel building blocks, including Power Query and Power View, to provide a single self-service client based on the familiar Excel spreadsheet as the user interface. It is a welcome simplification of Microsoft’s often confusing BI product stack...

By Ovum StraightTalk, 07 February 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Developers, Microsoft.