Articles about Azure

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Gridstore deal done: Wrap your mouth around HyperGrid HCIaaS

Gridstore has gone ahead and bought DCHQ. It's also renamed itself HyperGrid and says it delivers the first "HyperConverged Infrastructure-as-a-Service (HCIaaS), an application aware offering that brings the simplicity and ease-of-use of HCI together with a pay-as-you-consume pricing model that scales elastically." CEO and …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jul 2016

BlackBerry's new best pals: Microsoft, Google, Samsung

BlackBerry didn't drop any bombshells at its annual Security Summit last week. Unlike previous years, there were no surprise acquisitions or products. But it did conspicuously share the limelight with a number of partners, some of which may make jolly good new owners. On the stage were Samsung, Google and Microsoft. The latter …
Andrew Orlowski, 26 Jul 2016
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Data's democratisation: Because there's no doh in Type 0

There has been a slow but steady democratisation of business intelligence (BI) and data science over the years with Excel (and PowerPivot), through introduction of self-service BI and growth of R as the language of choice for statistics. For those from a traditional programming background, Python has become the analytical …
Andrew Cobley, 26 Jul 2016
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Google's multi-zonal cloud

Google has made a handy addition to its cloud: “Regional Managed Instance Groups” that spread virtual machines across its “zones”. Google's cloud operates “regions” such as US West or Europe. Within those regions are “zones”, discrete facilities that should operate independently if another zone goes down. Regional Managed …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2016
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Oracle tools up for cloud wars with sales re-org

Oracle has shaken up its sales force to drive cloud business, multiple sources have told The Register. The task of pushing Oracle cloud services, flagship database and middleware was handed exclusively to Oracle’s field sales operation. On-premise apps - eBusiness Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel - have gone to the phone-based direct …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Jul 2016
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Microsoft delays Azure updates so you can catch up with the cloud

In the cloud, we're constantly told, we won't have to bother about staying up to date with new versions of stuff. Our service providers will make non-disruptive upgrades for which we'll be non-disruptively grateful. Except when we're not, as Microsoft has just found out with two cloud service upgrades it has had to delay …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jul 2016

SpectraLogic sits in the Cyberducking stool

Spectra has entered the Cyberduck universe; data stored in SpectraLogic's disk, tape and public cloud repositories can be transferred to/from other on-premises storage and public clouds with a BlackPearl Cyberduck plug-in. Cyberduck is an open source software tool that provides a near-universal file/object transfer facility …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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Acronis 12 is fastest backup product out there

French data protection supplier Acronis is making a big move into enterprise data protection with a comprehensive new software release, Acronis 12, a beefed-up marketing team, and a profile-raising one race-only sponsorship deal with the Toro Rosso Formula 1 Grands Prix team. The new SW "takes 35.6 minutes to backup a 180GB …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jul 2016
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Microsoft Azure doubles up to $800m a quarter – and is wiped out by dying phone sales

Analysis All eyes were on Microsoft's cloud business today as it published its fourth-quarter and full-year financial results. Amid the numbers, Redmond boasted that its Azure revenues from the quarter were up 102 per cent year-on-year – we estimate the cloud service's revenue to be about $800m in total for the period. Meanwhile, …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jul 2016
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We ain't in 1996 anymore, Dorothy: SQL Server 2016 proves it

Microsoft has had a database since 1989, initially working with Ashton-Tate and Sybase to create a variant of Sybase SQL Server for IBM’s OS/2. But it wasn’t until 1995 that Microsoft really got serious with SQL Server 6 for Microsoft’s rock-solid server operating system Windows NT. Back then, however, engines like SQL Server …
Mark Whitehorn, 18 Jul 2016
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VMware's past holds the key to the future of Microsoft's Azure Stack

By most accounts VMware's first stab at hyperconvergence, the EVO:RAIL software-defined Nutanix clone, was a decent set of software. But it failed, quickly, and has been quietly removed from the frontline. The reason why is simple: in its first incarnation VMware insisted that EVO:RAIL buyers acquire new vSphere licences. …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2016
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The History Boys: Object storage ... from the beginning

Backgrounder This is a terrific object storage history map from Silicon Valley object storage guy Philippe Nicolas*, who has put together a spreadsheet detailing the history of content-addressable storage (CAS**) – otherwise generally known as object storage. I have heard so many odd things about suppliers and technologies in this market …
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Microsoft open sources Azure bill analysis tool

One of the problems users run into in the cloud is that the cost of using servers-for-rent can sometimes be surprising. You might think that Microsoft doesn't mind if that happens: your carelessness ends up in its coffers. Redmond under Satya Nadella is, however, often rather less cynical and that attitude’s reflected in the …
Team Register, 15 Jul 2016
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All the storage news that's clogged our pipes, flushed onto the page

Here’s a bunch of storage news that shows just how keen our multi-faceted storage world is to fill up our inboxes. Cisco Live and the Microsoft Partners’ Conference have generated a few announcements while the others are independent of these events: Acronis has a Backup Cloud Extension for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack. …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2016
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Virtual mirror on the wall, what will happen at VMware's ball?

VMware saves its biggest announcements of the year for its late August VMworld conference. The company of course keeps its cards close to its chest, but the content catalog for the conference generally offers some clues about what we can expect. The Register's virtualisation desk has long predicted that the current vSphere …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Jul 2016
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Azure Stack-in-a-box for 2017

Microsoft will deliver its Azure Stack in mid-2017, with partners Dell, HPE and Lenovo. Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft Corporate VP for Cloud and Enterprise blogged about this from the company's Worldwide Partner Conference, saying Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud platform. Dell, HPE and Lenovo will partner Redmond "to deliver pre- …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jul 2016
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You can buy Windows 10 Enterprise E3 access for the price of a coffee

WPC 2016 Microsoft is moving into new as-a-service pricing and bundling territory with the full-fat version of Windows 10 Enterprise. Today Redmond announced it is releasing Windows 10 Enterprise E3, which would normally be reserved for big operations and sold via Microsoft's volume-purchase programs, at a price of $7 per seat per …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2016
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Backblaze hopes to melt Amazon Glacier customers' hearts

Backblaze has announced its B2 cloud object storage for $0.005/GB/month as an alternative to LTO tape drives. Unlike Amazon’s Glacier tape storage, its disk drive retrieval starts in seconds and takes minutes instead of hours and days, it claims. The first 10GB is free each month and there is no data upload charge. Download …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016
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NetApp CEO Kurian: Buying SolidFire was a long-term strategic bet

Interview Chief executives of multi-billion dollar corporations have to have several characteristics, including steel, the ability to see things as they are, and possession of a personal value system that meshes with their corporation’s culture. Some CEOs, when promoted to the top chair after long employment in a corporation, sometimes …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jul 2016
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Next big thing after containers? Amazon CTO talks up serverless computing

AWS Summit London Amazon CTO Dr Werner Vogels talked up the value of serverless computing at the AWS (Amazon Web Services) London Summit last week. "What we’ve seen is a revolution where complete applications are being stripped of all their servers, and only code is being run. Quite a few companies are ripping out big pieces of their …
Tim Anderson, 11 Jul 2016
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Barracuda picks teeth after chowing down on cloud market

Revenues grew 11 per cent year-over-year to $86.7m in Barracuda’s first fiscal 2017 quarter, confirming its return to growth. Net income was $2.8m. Recurring subscription revenue grew to $65.3m, up 20 per cent from $54.3m in the year-ago quarter and 75 per cent of total revenue. Appliance revenue though, was down, at $21.3m, …
Chris Mellor, 08 Jul 2016
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Gridstore eyes up container upstart DCHQ

Updated Hyper-V-based hyper-converged startup Gridstore is in talks to buy DCHQ. Gridstore had hoped to formally announce the acquisition today, but told The Register the deal is still being worked out. It also considered renaming itself Hypergrid after completing the transaction. Gridstore pressed the eject button for CEO George …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jul 2016
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Linux cloudy tie ups: SUSE and Microsoft, Canonical and Pivotal

It's a big week for Linux cloud tie-ups, with SUSE and Microsoft expanding their partnership, and Canonical becoming Pivotal's preferred operating system in Cloud Foundry. In the SUSE/Microsoft deal, the Linux outfit joins two Redmond programs: the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance, and the its test drive program. The …
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Microsoft boutiques club together for E5 licensing assault

A handful of Microsoft boutiques are linking arms in a bid to win E5 licensing deals against the bulky resellers and global integrators. E5, sold on a subscription, covers Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Exchange, Office 365 and Office Delve, One Drive, Power BI, Project, SharePoint, Skype for Business, SQL Server and Yammer …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2016
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Brexit, schmexit: BT and Oracle join hands for a cloudy tryst

BT has hopped into bed with Oracle in a deal that promises to provide the underlying network connectivity for Oracle’s hybrid cloud. BT Cloud Connect for OracleFastConnect is built on BT’s IP Connect virtual private network (VPN) and will link customers' on-premises IT to Oracle data centres in London or Amsterdam. The deal …
Kat Hall, 29 Jun 2016
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MongoDB launches Atlas to manage deployments: Taking the Ops out of DevOps

MongoDB is launching Atlas, the company's first DBaaS, offering easy management of instances - initially on AWS, but soon to come to Azure and Google Cloud Platform. The service intends to alleviate devs of tedious evenings wasted with hardware provisioning, covering failure recovery, software patching, upgrades, configuration …
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Microsoft releases cross-platform .NET Core 1.0 at Linux event

Microsoft has announced the release of .NET Core 1.0 and ASP.NET Core 1.0, the open source, cross-platform fork of the .NET Framework, letting people know at the Red Hat DevNation summit in San Francisco. "This makes Red Hat the only commercial Linux distribution to feature full, enterprise-grade support for .NET," said Red …
Tim Anderson, 28 Jun 2016
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Thinking of using multiple clouds? Don't do it, stick with us says AWS CEO

Amazon Web Services (AWS) CEO Andy Jassy spoke against the idea of using multiple cloud providers at its Public Sector Summit earlier this week – well he would, wouldn't he. A lot of organizations "start off thinking about how to split it up across multiple clouds," said Jassy. "When they get deeper into the investigation, the …
Tim Anderson, 24 Jun 2016

Ho hum, yet another storage startup. But, but, we're objectively different, yell newbies

Comment Lately I've been worried about the lack of differentiation in the storage startup ecosystem, but two newbies have made me think again. If you look at the container ecosystem, storage startups are popping up like mushrooms but most of them look very much alike. Yet, on the contrary, NooBaa and Iguaz.io have the most interesting …
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Secure Islands digested, Redmond pushes out DLP tool

The offering is based on Redmond's October 2015 acquisition of Israeli firm Secure Islands, whose technology is being integrated into Azure Rights Management (RMS). The aim, quoth Microsoftie Dan Plastina, is to use employee identity as the basis for protecting corporate information. The product, Azure Information Protection, …
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One place to inhale all cloud: Apache Libcloud 1.0 now available

The Apache Software Foundation has announced that Libcloud 1.0, the cloud service interoperability Python library, is now generally available. Notably, version 1.0 introduces two new driver types, container-as-a-service and backup-as-a-service, with a full changelog available here – though the degree to which it will ease the …

Police ICT Company head: Eat your cloud, cops, it's good for you

A national strategy on using public cloud services is needed so British police forces can cope with the increasing weight of unstructured data storage, the head of the Police ICT Company has said. Martin Wyke, head of the body, outlined storage as a key challenge for police because of the explosion of unstructured data, through …
Kat Hall, 22 Jun 2016

Microsoft’s IFTTT-alike Flow seeps into the iPhone

Animating cats in Hypercard, creating batch files (or even baroque Lotus 1-2-3 macros) – writing your own scripts was once an integral part of personal computing. If an application didn’t have its own arcane scripting language, it didn’t really cut it. Recently Android automation tools such as Tasker, IFTTT and Workflow for …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Jun 2016

Docker taps unikernel brains to emit OS X, Windows public betas

DockerCon Docker will kick off its DockerCon 2016 conference in Seattle this morning with a bunch of announcements: its OS X and Windows Docker clients will be made publicly available as beta software for anyone to try out; out-of-the-box orchestration is coming to Docker 1.12; and integration with Amazon's AWS and Microsoft's Azure is in …
Chris Williams, 20 Jun 2016
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Softlayer embiggens its cloud VMs

Softlayer has announced new and larger cloud VMs. Possibly to prevent easy spreadsheet comparisons between its cloud and rivals', SoftLayer has published specs of the new machines as images. Hence the JPG below. New Softlayer cloud VMs SoftLayer's new cloudy VM combinations All the cool kids these days offer sliders to …
Team Register, 17 Jun 2016

Official: Microsoft goes to pot, gives weed growers fix they need

Put this in your pipe and smoke it: Microsoft is offering pot growers software tools to help them stay on the right side of America's relaxed laws. Marijuana is legal in Microsoft's home state of Washington, as well as in Oregon, Colorado and Alaska, and is prescribed medicinally (with varying degrees of laxity) in California …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jun 2016

Microsoft planning blockchain-as-a-service for Azure apps

Microsoft might not be keen on Bitcoin, but it's cock-a-hoop about the backend blockchain the currency uses and has given the first details of Project Bletchley, a plan to add the tech into Azure services via some new middleware. "Project Bletchley is a vision for Microsoft to deliver Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) that is …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jun 2016
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Early supplier on UK.gov's G-Cloud slams 'dying' framework

G-Cloud pioneer and small hosting biz Memset has slammed the framework as failing in its original vision to "punch through archaic government procurement requirements" with an online “App Store”. Founder of Memset Kate Craig-Wood got involved in the project in 2009 as technical architecture co-lead prior to the framework being …
Kat Hall, 15 Jun 2016
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Liberal MPs paid AU$2,500 a YEAR to donor for electoral software licences

Who pays AU$2,500 for an annual software license, for a handful of users? That question is on Vulture South's mind, with the Liberal Party under fire during the election for doing just that. The nearly-but-not-quite “scandal” (for example reported here at Fairfax) centres around Liberal Party members paying what seems to be a …
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Over Ireland? Bothered by Brexit? Find that new home for your cloud

As we all know, the cloud isn't an amorphous, non-geographical blob of computing. Which is a good thing, because there are plenty of legal implications around where your data lives and where it moves both to and from. The point is, of course, that as the cloud isn't just a cloud, your choice of provider is largely dependent on …
Dave Cartwright, 13 Jun 2016
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Azure F's up instance sizes

Microsoft has announced new and larger “F-Series” Azure instances. The new instances also have a new naming scheme that means the F1 instance has one CPU core and the F16 instance has 16 cores. Geddit? This naming scheme will henceforth apply to all Azure instances. The new instances run 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2673 v3 (Haswell …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2016
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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

Microsoft has created its own cut of FreeBSD 10.3 in order to make the OS available and supported in Azure. Jason Anderson, principal PM manager at Microsoft's Open Source Technology Center says Redmond “took on the work of building, testing, releasing and maintaining the image” so it could “ensure our customers have an …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Jun 2016

Microsoft, Google cosy up in the Skia lodge: 2D lib added to build tools

Microsoft's Miguel de Icaza, who joined the Windows giant earlier this year with the Xamarin acquisition, has announced new features for cross-platform development using Visual Studio, Xamarin Studio and C#. Xamarin brought a set of C# libraries, tools and compilers to Microsoft, enabling developers to target iOS, Android and …
Tim Anderson, 08 Jun 2016
Suspicous process detected: Microsoft's Scott Guthrie shows off the Azure Security Center

Microsoft's Scott Guthrie wrote code live on stage for Azure devs

Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise, Scott Guthrie, came to London’s Mermaid Theatre on 3rd June 2016 to present to around 600 IT folk at the Azure Users Group, at an event called AzureCraft. It is unusual for someone on this page to come to this type of event, and even to engage in the precarious …
Tim Anderson, 06 Jun 2016
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Go Comparex: Microsoft house counts cost of dealing with Gov.uk

The cost of righting historic accounting wrongs and winning lower margin or empty calorie government business has left Microsoft licensing slinger Comparex UK nursing losses. The firm piled on the British Pounds in the year ended 31 March 2015, growing turnover organically by a whopping 31 per cent to £41.95m, P&L accounts …
Paul Kunert, 02 Jun 2016
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Unprecedented number of customers swimming off to cloud, says Barracuda

Comment Barracuda customers have started moving data and applications to the public cloud at a surprisingly fast and unprecedented rate, with on-premises IT facing a rocky road to becoming a wasteland. So says Michael Hughes, the company’s EVP for worldwide sales. For every app and accompanying data that is moved to the public cloud …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2016
SQL Server 2016 supports hybrid cloud as well as on premises deployment

SELECT features FROM bumf... What's new in MS SQL Server 2016

Microsoft has released SQL Server 2016, adding new security features, improved query profiling, Hadoop integration, hybrid cloud capabilities, and R analytics to its database server, along with numerous other improvements. Calling SQL Server a "database server" does not do justice to its scope. The main components are: …
Tim Anderson, 01 Jun 2016
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Microsoft sells 1,500 patents to Chinese mega-phone biz Xiaomi

Xiaomi has agreed to buy 1,500 patents from Microsoft in a move that has been framed as an "expansion of their global partnership". Under the deal, Xiaomi will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on its Android smartphones and tablets. Yes, you read that right. The terms of the deal remain undisclosed and it is unclear to what …
Kat Hall, 01 Jun 2016
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Microsoft wants to fling money at startups. Don't all rush at once

Microsoft is stretching out its foot to dip a tentative toe into the waters of early stage investment, under a revamp of its Microsoft Ventures programme. Announcing the plans to plough more money into startups, Nagraj Kashyap, veep at Microsoft Ventures, said: "In Microsoft’s history of engaging with and supporting startups, …
Kat Hall, 31 May 2016
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Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform? It's an uphill battle, warns key partner

Keeping pace with Microsoft's ever-changing developer story has not been easy. Just ask Infragistics exec Jason Beres, Senior VP Development Tools. I spoke to Beres at Gartner's recent London event on Application Architecture, Development and Integration. Infragistics sells developer tools and components and is a veteran …
Tim Anderson, 31 May 2016