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Test drive Microsoft Azure

Microsoft is running an online class on how to get started with Azure cloud this afternoon. Doors open at 3pm BST. The event is free and suitable for “developers, IT Pros, Architects, students, hobbyists, and anyone interested in learning about Microsoft Azure”. Attendees will learn the basic skills and knowledge to get started …
Phil Mitchell, 14 Jul 2014
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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

Microsoft has devised a fresh strategy to distract customers from a raft of tempting offers by rivals – it's changing the name of its cloud computing service Windows Azure. Windows Azure will be renamed Microsoft Azure tomorrow, a contact confirmed to us today following a scoop by Mary Jo Foley. The paradigm shift name change …
Jack Clark, 24 Mar 2014
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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

Microsoft is struggling to sort out an Azure cloud outage that has today left users around the world unable to access various services. According to a message posted to the Azure service status page, the outage spans "Cloud Services, Virtual Machines, Websites, Automation, Service Bus, Backup, Site Recovery, HDInsight, Mobile …
Neil McAllister, 18 Aug 2014
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Azure turns on disaster recovery service

Microsoft has made a small-but-significant change to its Hyper-V Recovery Manager service. Now known as Microsoft Azure Site Recovery, the tool still enables Hyper-V users to automate backup of virtual machines and organises failover to a disaster recovery site. The important change is that Azure can now be used as the disaster …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014
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It was always Azure thing: NetApp floats boxen into Microsoft's cloud

NetApp is setting up a speedy connection to Microsoft’s Azure cloud so its arrays can have an Azure backend for scaling up capacity, archiving, DR and enabling workload moves. NetApp Private Storage (NPS) for Azure relies on a NetApp box in a managed services type data centre or colo centre like those Equinix operates. A …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jul 2014
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AWS hell no: Can Microsoft Azure sales beat Amazon's cloud?

There's a prospect coming into view of Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering passing Amazon's AWS in cloud revenues. Fancy that. Azure grew its commercial cloud services revenue 147 per cent on an annual basis in the second quarter of 2014, and has an annualised run rate of $4.4bn. So says financial analyst Aaron Rakers, the MD of …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jul 2014
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Got to get something started with Azure VMs? Microsoft's Planky shows you the way

Steve Plank, or "Planky" as even his mother allegedly calls him, is the Windows Azure evangelist for Microsoft UK and on 23 April he is taking to the interwebs to conduct his evangelizing online. Join Planky in a one-hour webcast starting at 9:30 BST and let him guide you through the step-by-step process for spinning up Windows …
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014
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Azure Australia data centre undergoing final testing

One of the two data centres Microsoft Australia will use to house antipodean Azure is undergoing final testing, The Reg understands. One recent visitor to a data centre in the Sydney suburb of North Ryde where Azure will operate has told The Reg certain areas of the facility are off-limits, because Microsoft doesn't want …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Apr 2014
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Developers: Your chance to get hands on with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft’s Cloud Camp, an all-day event, is taking place in Victoria, central London on 2 June. Event and registration details for this free of charge training day are here. Here’s the drill: You’ve probably heard of Microsoft Azure but not done anything with it. Maybe you’ve seen a few demos at an event or an online video. …
David Gordon, 29 May 2014
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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

Microsoft's Service Deployment and Operations (SDO) team has detailed its scheme to modernise the company's own data centres and says that the result will be lots of – but not all – workloads in the cloud. The easy-to-understand graph below tells the story of Redmond's future plans. Microsoft's data centre strategy Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2014

Microsoft's Azure cloud goes a bit wobbly in West Europe

Admins in Microsoft's Azure cloud data centre for West Europe in Amsterdam, Netherlands, have spent the morning battling severe problems in the gear that supports Redmond's main cloud service. Problems with the core Compute and Storage components were first reported at 9:39am UTC on Thursday, according to the Windows Azure …
Jack Clark, 01 May 2014

THREE'S A CLOUD! Microsoft veep says only Azure, Amazon, Google can do hyper space

There are only three companies capable of delivering hyperscale cloud computing, the head of Microsoft’s Azure declared yesterday. After years of cloud tub-thumping, it was inevitable that marketers would need a new modifier or level of hyperbole, and “hyper” is the obvious next choice. Definitions are elastic, but it's agreed …
Joe Fay, 18 Jun 2014
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Microsoft's Azure cloud LASHED by BT's private cables

Microsoft's Azure cloud is being hooked into BT's private fibre cables giving security-focused organizations another way to access Microsoft's technology. Redmond announced the addition of BT to its "Azure ExpressRoute" service on Wednesday against a background of worry as panicked internet companies, including Azure-rival …
Jack Clark, 09 Apr 2014

Microsoft Azure adds global HUSH-HUSH connection routes with Equinix

Microsoft and Equinix have interlaced their fleet of data centers to let customers go directly to the Azure cloud from inside 16 co-location data centers around the world. The expansion to 'Azure ExpressRoute' was announced by Microsoft on Tuesday and means security-conscious organizations hosting with Equinix can safely connect …
Jack Clark, 23 Apr 2014
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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

Microsoft's Azure cloud service has run out of occasionally runs out of US-based IPv4 addresses. Redmond 'fessed up to the issue in a blog post in which it says users have been asking it why, when they use Azure-hosted VMs, they find themselves redirected to websites localised for other nations. The post offers a screen shot of …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2014
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Microsoft switches on Azure in China

Microsoft stole a march on its cloudy rivals today by announcing its Azure cloud services are available in China. Redmond revealed as far back as May 2013 that it had signed a deal with local player 21Vianet to provide Azure in the Middle Kingdom, and it has been around in beta for a few months. However, this week will see the …
Phil Muncaster, 27 Mar 2014
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Did Microsoft just paint TechEd Australia Azure?

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that TechEd Australia 2014 is going to drop the format of a few days in one place and instead run as a two-day event in each of Sydney and Melbourne. As the comments on my blog post about the chance indicate, community disgruntlement didn't take long to follow the skimpy announcement. Many …
Adam Fowler, 08 May 2014
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Microsoft, Oracle name the date to consummate Azure deal

Microsoft has written to Oracle-on-Azure users, letting them know that as of March 12th they'll be paying for the Oracle bits of it. Oracle's database, the WebLogic Server and Java development have been available on Azure since September 2013, when the two software titans delivered on their June 2013 announcement of a cloudy …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Feb 2014
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Microsoft: Take a seat over there, SAP, on the AZURE CLOUD

SAP’s business applications have landed on Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud infrastructure service. The German software giant and the Redmond IT juggernaut said on Monday that a number of SAP’s business applications will be certified on Microsoft’s cloud by the end of June. Among this software will be SAP's Business Suite, All- …
Gavin Clarke, 19 May 2014
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How farsighted is Microsoft's Azure RemoteApp?

Microsoft is stepping on more vendor toes. At the TechEd North America 2014 keynote in May, the company announced the preview release of Azure RemoteApp, which appears to be a direct competitor – at least in part – to Citrix's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. Running an application on any device sounds like it …
Adam Fowler, 19 Jun 2014
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Microsoft taps up Level 3, Equinix, AT&T for direct Azure Cloud lines

Cloud computing is all well and good but it's hopeless if the network connection between the customer and the data center is useless, so Microsoft has followed in Amazon's footsteps by fixing this weakness. Redmond's new ExpressRoute service, announced in a blog post on Thursday, will offer dedicated connections to the Windows …
Jack Clark, 21 Feb 2014

Hybrid heaven: Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Azure

On 14 November at 11.00 GMT we will be broadcasting a live training session on the Microsoft network virtualization technologies of Windows Hyper-V, Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVM) and Windows Azure – all working together in Hybrid data centre solution. For you, dear reader, it’s free to watch from the comfort of …
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2013

Microsoft offers 'free' backup for Azure users with the cloud fear

EVault has promised a year’s worth of cloud backup and disaster recovery services to biz customers who take out an Azure Enterprise agreement with Microsoft. The two firms inked the agreement for EVault to provide the service last week. It's actually a fairly natural fit for users who might be a little unnerved by recent …
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2013
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Microsoft builds teleporter weapon to send VMware into Azure

Microsoft has fired another shot in its campaign to win over VMware users, in the form of an updated Virtual Machine Converter that can move virtual machines from ESXi to Hyper-V. It's no secret Microsoft covets VMware users: in recent times it has created a certification helping VMware users to grok Hyper-V. Redmond also uses …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2014
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Microsoft gins up admin-soothing Azure file vault

Microsoft has made it easier for Windows admins to migrate applications up into the cloud via a sysadmin-friendly file-sharing service. The Microsoft Azure Files tech was announced at TechEd on Monday and gives admins a way to create a pool of storage and attach it to multiple virtual machines within the same data center. This …
Jack Clark, 12 May 2014

Microsoft opens Azure boffinry giveaway

After several informal schemes, Microsoft has forged an initiative to give academic researchers free access to the Windows Azure cloud. The Windows Azure for Research program was announced by Microsoft on Monday, and will see Redmond accept proposals for grants for wedges of Windows Azure resources, offer training in the program …
Jack Clark, 11 Sep 2013

C'mon... lower the drawbridge, NetApp: You could explore Amazon – and Azure

NetApp has a closed cloud strategy – no OpenStack opening and limited third-party array support. But there is a way its engineers could remedy this – providing its product and corporate marketing strategists and CTO concurred – and that would be to use FlexArray technology as an on-ramp. NetApp had a diskless head product, the V …
Chris Mellor, 13 May 2014

Live Reg TV: Windows Azure on your terms

On October 10 at 11:00 BST,we’re broadcasting a live, hands-on training session on Windows Azure that you can enjoy for free from the comfort of your own chair. The session will show how to get started with Windows Azure, and gives an overview of its key features – particularly the recently released Infrastructure-as-a-Service …
David Gordon, 18 Sep 2013
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Get your mitts greasy with FREE hands-on Windows Azure training

On 10 October at 11am BST, The Register is broadcasting a live, hands-on training session on Windows Azure that you can enjoy for free from the comfort of your own chair. The session will introduce and demonstrate how to get started with Windows Azure, giving an overview of its key features – particularly its recently released …
David Gordon, 02 Oct 2013
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London Tube has new stop at Azure Station

Microsoft has claimed that while the rest of the industry is falling for or projecting Internet of Things (IoT) hype, it is quietly delivering on the concept's promise right under many Reg readers' feet in the form of a new Azure-powered monitoring rig for the London Underground. Speaking at a press event in Sydney today, …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Apr 2014
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Servers coming online at Microsoft's Australian Azure data centre

Work on Microsoft's promised Australian data centre for its Azure cloud service has reached the stage at which servers are being installed. Sources close to the matter have whispered to The Register that the installation process is ongoing and the service is not yet live, but that some servers are up and running. We also …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Nov 2013

Microsoft slices Azure prices just days after Amazon's cloud shave

The infrastructure-as-a-service industry behaves like a topsy-turvy oligopoly, where far from keeping prices high, the major corporations are grinding prices into the dirt. Now Microsoft has just announced a price cut to its Azure cloud's block, blob and disk storage services. Microsoft declared last year that it would price …
Jack Clark, 24 Jan 2014
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Microsoft started herding IT pros to Azure at TechEd 2014

TechEd North America has wrapped up for 2014, and many IT pros have been left with the impression that Microsoft's cloud solution Azure has gone from optional to mandatory. With that in mind, the word 'Azure' is going to appear many times in this article. Right from the keynote, corporate veep Brad Anderson hammered home to …
Adam Fowler, 22 May 2014

NetApp and Microsoft: We're 'close' to virtual ONTAP on Azure

NetApp and Microsoft are close to delivering a working version of the former's storage operating system Data ONTAP as a virtual machine capable of running under Hyper-V, and therefore on Windows Azure. Once some final issues are addressed, The Reg understands it will be possible to run a virtual NetApp array on Azure and maybe …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Feb 2014
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What Microsoft means by mobile first, cloud first: Build Android, iOS apps with Azure cloud

Microsoft has blurred the division between the desktop systems programmers use to develop software and remotely provisioned compute and storage gear so much that you have to squint to detect a difference. In a wide-ranging presentation at its Build 2014 conference in San Francisco on Thursday, multiple executives showed tools …
Jack Clark, 03 Apr 2014
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Microsoft crams fat Azure cloud pipe into delicate on-premises biz boxes

Amazon Web Services may be hellbent on uploading world+dog into its public cloud, but Microsoft has other ideas – and a new Azure update makes it easier for admins to consume Redmond's cloud as an add-on service for on-premises installations. The Azure tweaks were announced by Microsoft on Tuesday and see Redmond come through on …
Jack Clark, 23 Oct 2013
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Windows Azure Compute cloud goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE

Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud was hit by a worldwide partial compute outage today, calling into question how effectively Redmond has partitioned its service. The problems emerged at 2.35AM UTC, and were still ongoing as of 10.20PM UTC the same day, according to the company's service dashboard. "Manual actions to perform Swap …
Jack Clark, 30 Oct 2013

Microsoft completes Hadoop U-Turn, trumpets HDInsight on Azure

Microsoft has spun up a Hadoop service on its Azure cloud, capping off a tumultuous few years in which Redmond first competed against the open-source technology, then came round to it. The arrival of HDInsight as a general availability product on Azure was announced by Microsoft today, coming after the data muncher'n'cruncher …
Jack Clark, 29 Oct 2013
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Azure inhales open source Java implementation

Microsoft and Azul Systems have hoisted the open source Java implementation OpenJDK onto the Redmond's Azure cloud, giving developers access to the language on Azure's Windows-based cloud services. The news was announced by Azul Systems at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday. The OpenJDK for …
Jack Clark, 24 Jul 2013
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Signiant to SkyDrop files into Amazon and Azure clouds

Signiant, a supplier of large (100GB and up) file transfer services to media companies, has launched a new product it calls SkyDrop to send the files to Amazon or Azure instead. The company already has a Media Shuttle product which is used by many digital media customers to send large files to customers and partners in the …
Chris Mellor, 03 Apr 2014
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Ubuntu JuJu voodoo casts Linux on Microsoft's Azure hoodoo

JuJu in Ubuntu 13.10, due for release next week, features tools to create and run Um Bongo Linux instances in Microsoft's Azure cloud. Previous versions of JuJu allow you to set up and manage Ubuntu instances on Amazon’s EC2 and systems running OpenStack. Now techies can use one toolkit to run Ubuntu Linux virtual machines on …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Oct 2013

Sage stakes ERP cloud on Azure platform

Sage is piggybacking Microsoft Azure to launch a cloud version of Sage 200. The UK software vendor is hosting the latest iteration of the enterprise resource planning (ERP) suite, properly called Sage 200 v2013, in data centres in Dublin and Amsterdam. Customers will pay an unspecified monthly subscription fee for the software …
Drew Cullen, 01 Jul 2013

The TRUTH behind Microsoft Azure's global cloud mega-cock-up

Windows Azure suffered a global meltdown at the end of October that caused us to question whether Microsoft had effectively partitioned off bits of the cloud from one another. Now we have some answers. After a bit of prodding, Redmond sat us down with Windows Azure general manager Mike Neil, who explained to us why a sub- …
Jack Clark, 08 Nov 2013
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Azure hops into Australia

Microsoft has announced "the planned expansion of a new Windows Azure major region for Australia" Details are scanty: Redmond is saying only that the "Windows Azure major region in Australia will consist of two sub-regions located in New South Wales and Victoria. These two locations will be geo-redundant, offering our customers …
Simon Sharwood, 20 May 2013

Microsoft unleashes wave of Azure mobile updates

Microsoft is giving all Azure fiddlers a free 20MB database as part of a suite of improvements to the Azure cloud designed to tempt in mobile app developers. The giveaway was announced by Microsoft server and tools veep Scott Guthrie in a blog post on Friday, alongside other additions. It grants all Azure users access to their …
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013

Microsoft's Windows Azure Plan B: A hard drive, a courier and a data-centre monkey

Microsoft, Amazon and Apple have spent tens of billions of dollars rolling out state-of-the art data centres over the past few years. These companies are building massive facilities housing thousands of servers with dedicated fibre and Ethernet connections that shunt tens of gigabytes per second. But when customers are …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Nov 2013

Microsoft adds two-factor authentication to Windows Azure

Microsoft's cloudy identity and access management tool has been given two-factor authentication. This lets admins add another layer of security into applications that integrate with Windows Azure Active Directory, Microsoft announced on Wednesday. Microsoft announced plans in April to bring two-factor authentication (in softy- …
Jack Clark, 14 Jun 2013
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Microsoft floats Azure cloud into China

Microsoft is bringing its Azure cloud to China, although the management of the data center will be done by a local firm. Azure will become available in a public beta within a month, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer said at a speech in Beijing on Monday, according to Bloomberg. As a condition of bringing Azure into China, Microsoft …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2013
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Microsoft's cloudy chief: Azure reliability knocks your own kit for six

Microsoft ships an update to Azure every three weeks. Scott Guthrie, Microsoft's vice president for Windows Azure, reckons it's adding features and capacity in an effort to catch up with Amazon. Just announced is a new Azure datacentre in São Paulo, Brazil. "We have more regions than Amazon, we have coverage in places like …
Tim Anderson, 16 Dec 2013
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Microsoft loads botnet-crushing data into Azure

Microsoft is plugging its security intelligence systems into Azure so that service providers and local authorities can get near-realtime information on botnets and malware detected by Redmond. The new Windows Azure-based Cyber Threat Intelligence Program (C-TIP) was unveiled on Tuesday by Microsoft as an extension of its crime- …
Jack Clark, 28 May 2013