Azure Container Instances: No Kubernetes required

Microsoft has introduced a new container service, Azure Container Instances (ACI), that is intended to provide a more lightweight and granular way to run containerized applications than its Azure Container Service (ACS). ACI runs individual containers that you can configure with specific amounts of virtual CPU and memory, and that are billed by the second. […] Read more »

What is Microsoft Azure Stack? | Tech Talk Ep 1

Learn the ins and outs of Microsoft’s upcoming private cloud offering, Azure Stack, as editors discuss its expected benefits and drawbacks. Computerworld Cloud Computing Related Posts:Microsoft consolidates its mobile management tools under AzureMicrosoft consolidates its mobile management tools under AzureIDG Contributor Network: Azure Stack and the role of contextMicrosoft launches new Azure intellectual property protectionsMicrosoft […] Read more »

Microsoft consolidates its mobile management tools under Azure

Microsoft has consolidated its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite of products under its Azure portal, combining its Intune mobile application management tools and its Azure Active Directory (AD) and Information Protection under a single console. The move offers a unified admin experience aimed at bolstering enterprise mobility management efforts. Microsoft introduced the EMS suite […] Read more »

Microsoft consolidates its mobile management tools under Azure

Microsoft has consolidated its Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite of products under its Azure portal, combining its Intune mobile application management tools and its Azure Active Directory (AD) and Information Protection under a single console. The move offers a unified admin experience aimed at bolstering enterprise mobility management efforts. Microsoft introduced the EMS suite […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Azure Stack and the role of context

There were dozens of announcements at Microsoft’s Build conference last week, but perhaps one caused the most angst among the cloud cognoscenti. I’m referring to the upcoming general availability of Azure Stack. Microsoft’s offering will let organizations leverage the Azure cloud operating system, but only within the context of an on-premises deployment. Azure Stack has […] Read more »

IDG Contributor Network: Cloud war collateral: What the rise of AWS, Azure has meant for data centers

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in the fall of 1908, he likely didn’t comprehend the full scope of events he would set in motion. Come 1914, and Ford’s production line had reduced assembly times from 12 hours to less than two and a half hours, slashed the going price of an automobile, and […] Read more »

Microsoft launches new Azure intellectual property protections

Microsoft wants to help its cloud customers feel better protected from intellectual property lawsuit threats. To that end, the company is launching a new feature that’s designed to give them additional shielding. The Azure IP Advantage program (the IP stands for intellectual property) provides a trio of benefits. First, Microsoft will indemnify all Azure customers […] Read more »

Microsoft drops a pay-as-you-go Azure cloud option

Microsoft is shifting its licensing for its Azure cloud service, eliminating the pay-as-you-go option for new Azure customers using MPSA (Microsoft Products and Services Agreement) as of February 1. Instead, they will be steered toward the company’s CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) program. Geared to organizations with at least 250 users, MPSA is Microsoft’s simplified agreement […] Read more »

Microsoft brings F# to Jupyter Notebooks on Azure

Microsoft’s Azure Notebooks cloud service is adding support for F#, the Microsoft-developed “functional-first” language. Azure Notebooks, a free service for sharing documents that contain live code and equations, features the Jupyter Notebook web application and is geared to data analysis and data processing scenarios. Previously limited to the R and Python languages, the service can […] Read more »

Azure Roundup: New high-performance compute instances and more

August was a slow month for tech news, but Microsoft continued to update its Azure cloud platform with a variety of new features, including a new type of instance for high-performance computing. Here’s the breakdown of all the features you need to know about: A new instance type powered by Nvidia Tesla GPUs Microsoft announced […] Read more »

Microsoft Moving Skype To Azure, Ditching P2P

The Redmond giant is wrapping up the final stages of migrating its Skype VoIP service to the cloud from its peer-to-peer backbone. The move will allow the company to offer new services including mobile group video calling and Skype Bots. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:What is Microsoft Azure Stack? | Tech Talk Ep 1Microsoft consolidates its […] Read more »

Microsoft’s Azure cloud revenue doubles, but phone sales plummet

Microsoft’s cloud push continued to pay off last quarter, with revenue from its Azure services more than doubling from the same period last year, the company reported Tuesday. Overall revenue for the quarter was down, however, thanks partly to a steep decline in Microsoft’s handset business. Total revenue for the three months ended June 30 was […] Read more »

Microsoft Azure Information Protection Unveiled

The Redmond giant announces a new service to provide data protection based on a company’s policies, as information is created, moved to the cloud and shared with employees, partners and customers devices. InformationWeek: Cloud Related Posts:What is Microsoft Azure Stack? | Tech Talk Ep 1Microsoft consolidates its mobile management tools under AzureMicrosoft consolidates its mobile […] Read more »

Samsung’s Joyent buy is a swipe at AWS and Microsoft Azure

The Internet of Things is as much about computing as it is about the “things” themselves, and that’s why Samsung Electronics is buying Joyent. At first glance, a maker of smartphones, home appliances and wearables doesn’t seem like it would need a cloud computing company. But so-called smart objects rely on a lot of number-crunching […] Read more »

Red Hat, Microsoft buddy up to run RHEL in Azure

Over the last couple of years, Microsoft and Red Hat have gone from rivals to buddies. Instead of fighting, they now scratch each others’ back: Red Hat hosts .Net applications, and Microsoft bolsters Linux (and thus Red Hat) on Azure. Their partnership has deepened with Microsoft’s announcement that supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 and […] Read more »

Microsoft will cut some Azure compute prices

Good news for businesses using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform: their infrastructure bills may be shrinking come February. Microsoft announced that it will be permanently reducing the prices for its Dv2 compute instances by up to 17 percent next month, depending on the type of instance and what it’s being used for. Users will see the […] Read more »

Microsoft will cut some Azure compute prices

Good news for businesses using Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform: their infrastructure bills may be shrinking come February. Microsoft announced that it will be permanently reducing the prices for its Dv2 compute instances by up to 17 percent next month, depending on the type of instance and what it’s being used for. Users will see the […] Read more »

Its public cloud soon gone, HP aligns with Microsoft Azure

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has partnered with Microsoft to offer its Azure cloud services to customers, filling a gap when HPE closes its own public cloud early next year. Microsoft will be a “preferred” public cloud partner to HPE, and HPE will become a “preferred provider” of Microsoft Azure services, CEO Meg Whitman said on HP’s quarterly […] Read more »

Its cloud soon gone, HP aligns with Microsoft Azure

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise has partnered with Microsoft to offer its Azure cloud services to customers, filling a gap when HPE closes its own public cloud early next year. Microsoft will be a “preferred” public cloud partner to HPE, and HPE will become a “preferred provider” of Microsoft Azure services, CEO Meg Whitman said on HP’s quarterly […] Read more »

MariaDB pops up on Azure with new cluster service

Companies interested in deploying the increasingly popular MariaDB open source database on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform now have an easy way to do so, thanks to a new offering provided through the Azure Marketplace.  Database administrators can deploy the new MariaDB Enterprise Cluster with MaxScale fairly simply by finding it inside Azure’s storefront for software […] Read more »

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 […] Read more »

Gartner Magic Quadrant Report Shows Only a Race Between AWS and Azure

The annual report of research firm Gartner the market for IaaS cloud computing shows that no clear leader (Amazon Web Services) and someone who clearly defies (Microsoft Azure). And then there are all the others. The market is dominated by only a few suppliers, especially by Amazon Web Services, but also increasingly by Microsoft Azure. […] Read more »

MainOne’s MDX-i taps Azure to offer cloud services in West Africa

MDX-i, a subsidiary of MainOne, West Africa’s largest data center, is leaning on  Microsoft’s Azure to launch a service to help meet the computing infrastructure needs of companies deploying private, public or hybrid clouds from its Tier III Data Center in Lagos. MDX-i is looking to ensure quick provision of infrastructure for businesses and government […] Read more »

Azure Cloud Computing Platform Safe from Heartbleed Bug, Says Microsoft

Microsoft commends the Windows based Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform safe from the biggest security bug heartbleed. This was announced by Microsoft Corporation, the software giant and the strong supporter of windows based cloud computing services that, its cloud computing platform Azure is fully safe from the heartbleed openSSL bug that created havoc in the […] Read more »