Dell and Microsoft announce ‘Azure in a box’ for $9,000 a month

Dell and Microsoft have teamed up to sell a converged system that combines servers, storage and software in an integrated box which they say can connect easily to Microsoft’s Azure cloud services.

Called the Cloud Platform System Standard, it’s aimed at customers building out a hybrid cloud environment, one in which on-premises equipment is linked to the public cloud for services like backup and recovery, or to provide more compute and storage capacity when it’s needed.

It’s a model most of the big IT vendors are pushing, including Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Oracle. Dell and Microsoft claim their system is different because it runs basically the same software stack that Microsoft uses in its public cloud, making it easy for the on-premises and cloud components to work together, although that’s a claim Oracle is making too.

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3Pillar Global & Natural Insight Announce Partnership to Accelerate Workforce Management Innovation for Retail Merchandising and Field Marketing






3Pillar Global and Natural Insight today announced that they are partnering to develop the next generation of the Natural Insight platform. Natural Insight is a leader in enterprise workforce management software for retail merchandising and field-marketing organizations. 3Pillar Global develops innovative, revenue-generating software products for clients.

The aim of the partnership is to extend and accelerate workforce management innovations made possible with the Natural Insight platform and to help customers better organize and execute in-store merchandising programs and field marketing events. To accomplish this, 3Pillar and Natural Insight will develop enhanced mobile survey capabilities, which will capture real-time data from in-store employees and empower managers with deep insight into current operations and future trends.

“When we started working with 3Pillar, we were impressed with the approach they took to understand our business and work with us to prototype the ideal Natural Insight experience for our customer base,” said Stefan Midford, President & CEO of Natural Insight. “We are looking forward to partnering with 3Pillar to provide our customer base with a new and improved product they can use to further optimize their retail merchandising and marketing efforts.”

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to work with one of Northern Virginia’s leading technology companies to help Natural Insight grow their customer base, their geographic presence, and their business,” said 3Pillar Global CEO David DeWolf.

About 3Pillar

3Pillar Global builds software products for businesses, enabling them to quickly turn ideas into value. This is done through a disciplined approach to innovation and a deep expertise in disruptive technologies, such as mobile and big data. Through a collaborative and fully-integrated experience, clients have access to a global network of highly-talented, dedicated professionals. To learn more about 3Pillar, please visit http://www.3pillarglobal.com.

About Natural Insight

Supporting 65,000 skilled retail professionals in more than 110,000 locations globally, Natural Insight is a leading provider of cloud-based workforce management software for merchandisers, product companies, event marketers and retailers. Natural Insight is privately held and headquartered in Sterling, VA with offices in Toronto and Birmingham, England. Visit http://www.naturalinsight.com for more information.






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