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Microsoft does something unusual in Australia: Names the bit barn hosting Azure

Microsoft's cooking up a government-grade cloud in the Canberra, Australia's capital city. The two planned “Australia Central” Azure data centres will come online some time in 2018. True to form, Microsoft's not saying anything about capacity or the instance types it will offer at launch. Nor will it confirm what services it …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017

Microsoft breaks Office 365 sign-in pages ahead of surprise update

Some Office 365 customers can't use Office, thanks to a login portal redesign. For the "last few weeks", Microsoft has been quietly rolling out an opt-in redesign for login pages. The change for accessing Azure Active Directory, a cloud service that manages users for Office 365, also started Tuesday for coherency. In addition …
Andrew Silver, 3 Aug 2017
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Microsoft adds nested virtualization to Azure

Microsoft’s added a new instance type to Azure and the ability to run nested virtualization. The new Dv3 VM instances run on either the Broadwell E5-2673 v4 2.3GHz processor or a Haswell 2.4 GHz E5-2673 v3 and between eight and 64GB of RAM. Whatever the CPU you use, Windows Server 2016 is also under the hood along with Hyper-V …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2017
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New Azure servers to pack Intel FPGAs as Microsoft ARM-lessly embraces Xeon

Microsoft may have said ARM servers provide the most value for its cloud services back in March, but today it's given Intel's new Xeons a big ARM-less hug by revealing the hyperscale servers it uses in Azure are ready to roll with Chipzilla's latest silicon and will all use Chipzilla's field programmable gate arrays. Those …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2017
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Azure stacks, Office packs – and VR flacks: Here's Microsoft's Inspire news dump

Microsoft did more than just mash up Office and Windows on Monday at its Inspire conference in the US. The Redmond colossus has also, after years of waiting, announced the first shipments of its on-premises Azure-in-a-box technology, plus a set of Office 365 services aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses, and a program …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Jul 2017
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Microsoft's Azure chief: What's good for cloud is good for on-premises too

Exclusive Microsoft’s investment in cloud services is also improving its on-premises software, claims Azure and SQL Server boss Scott Guthrie. I first met Scott Guthrie in Las Vegas in September, 2000, where he was talking up a web development framework then called ASP+, which he had developed alongside Mark Anders. The framework was ASP …
Tim Anderson, 10 Jul 2017

Azure blues: Active Directory Connect has password reset vuln

Microsoft is warning sysadmins to check their Azure Active Directory Connect configurations and implement a patch against a credential-handling vulnerability. The bug's in an Active Directory (AD) feature called password writeback. Azure AD can be configured to copy user passwords back to a local AD environment. A convenience …
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Amazon adds Hyper-V file support to its storage gateway

Amazon Web Services dominates the public cloud, but its hybrid cloud story is currently weak. Microsoft, by contrast, is gaining strength in the cloud by the day and its Azure Stack looks like re-defining hybrid cloud by making the on-premises portion indistinguishable from Azure. Azure Stack's preview releases suggest that …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2017

Cloud may be the future, but it ain't all sunshine and rainbows

Yes, cloud might be the future but what truths lie hidden beneath this rock of certainty? You've heard the hype, pros and cons, but there's plenty the average cloud user may not have considered in the clamour to get up there. Our company recently heeded the cloud's call, and this is what we discovered. Where cloud excels is …
Stuart Burns, 21 Jun 2017
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Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

“Move it all to Microsoft’s cloud,” they said. “It’ll be fine,” they said. You’ve done your research and the monthly operational cost has been approved. There’s a glimmer of hope that you’ll be able to hit the power button to turn some ageing servers off, permanently. All that stands in the way is a migration project. And that …
Sonia Cuff, 19 Jun 2017
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Gartner confirms what we all know: AWS and Microsoft are the cloud leaders, by a fair way

Gartner has published a new magic quadrant for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) that – surprising nobody – has Amazon Web Services and Microsoft alone in the leader's quadrant and a few others thought outside of the box. Here's the Soothsaying Square in all its glory. Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2017
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Amazon.com just became a 90,000-seat Azure case study

Amazon's purchase of US luxury healthstuff retailer Whole Foods will also see it using rival Microsoft's Azure cloud – at least for the time being. We know this because Microsoft offers a case study about Whole Foods' use of Azure. The retailer is a big user of Azure Active Directory Premium, which it used to create a hybrid …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2017
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Microsoft Azure adds OpenBSD support. Repeat. Azure adds OpenBSD support.

Microsoft has extended BSD support in Azure. The company added a FreeBSD 10.3 VM to the Azure marketplace last year, after building and testing an image so that users could feel confident the OS would be officially welcomed and run well in the Redmondian cloud. Now it's added support for OpenBSD 6.1 after collaborating with …
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Avanade getting into hardware to deliver an Azure Stack

UPDATED Services company Avanade is going to sell Microsoft Azure Stack hardware. Azure Stack is Microsoft's on-premises cut of its Azure cloud and promises to offer a seamless Azure experience – complete with the services in Redmond's cloud – rather than a “hybrid virtualization” approach that offers the same abstraction on-premises …
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Cloud eye for the sysadmin guy: Get tooled up proper, like

Like it or not, the cloud in all forms is approaching at great speed, irrespective of your employer's size. All sysadmins need to get onboard or be left behind. Me? After 17 years working in a range of environments, I did at one point believe I had ages before the cloud arrived at large-scale enterprises like the one where I'm …
Stuart Burns, 6 Jun 2017
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Azure Backup cuddles up real close to Windows Server

Microsoft keeps getting closer and closer to being a decent backup vendor. Last week the company switched on a test of a feature allowing Windows Server Backup to send Windows Server System State data to Azure, then allow restoration of Windows Server from the Redmondian cloud. Windows Server System State data describes the …

HPE's cloud server wasting away on low calorie Microsoft sales

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's joint venture with Foxconn to build lower cost servers to order for the world's biggest service providers is under threat because of its over reliance on shrinking sales to its one major customer, reportedly Microsoft. The two-year-old tie-up between the pair was created to compete with Chinese …
Paul Kunert, 2 Jun 2017
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Does Microsoft have what it takes to topple Google Docs?

If you were to start a business today, would you bother buying desktop software for productivity and collaboration? Probably not, you'd employ some software option delivered as a service. For enterprises with a history of legacy, the move to online versions of on-prem is trickier but is being done. The question, however, is …
Sonia Cuff, 31 May 2017

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