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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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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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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
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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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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 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
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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

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

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

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

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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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
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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

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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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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You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right? Great, you're invited to Microsoft's data insights

Microsoft UK invites you to attend Accelerate Your Insights, a free-of-charge all-day event at Thames Valley Park, Reading, on 1 May, where you can learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server and Azure. It’s being streamed, too, so you can attend as a “virtual delegate”. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft and …
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014
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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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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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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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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'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 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 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
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Microsoft hosts bar mitzvah for mature Azure

Windows Azure is growing up, and Redmond is telling the world that many components of it are now ready to be put to work in production environments. The company made several announcements on Monday relating to Azure's maturation, including the shift of Azure Active Directory into general availability, the launch (in preview) of …
Jack Clark, 08 Apr 2013
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Microsoft embraces Android with Azure Mobile Services update

Microsoft has added support for Android apps into Windows Azure Mobile Services, letting developers programmatically add authentication and push notifications. The updates were announced by Microsoft on Tuesday, and follow Google's release of a similar range of mobile updates for its cloud in mid-February. To let Azure support …
Jack Clark, 05 Mar 2013

News Ltd benches AWS, floats footy app on Azure

News Limited, whose Australian entity has delivered customer testimonials at an Amazon Web Services event (here are the slides), has a little bit of Microsoft lipstick on its collar, courtesy of an announcement that a new Australian Football League (Aussie rules) service is going to be running on the Windows Azure cloud. It may …
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Microsoft brings Azure back online

Microsoft has managed to repair its Windows Azure cloud, after an expired SSL certificate downed storage and other services for people across the world. Ninety-nine percent of the affected services have been brought back online, Redmond said early in the hours of Saturday morning, Pacific Time. "We will continue monitoring the …
Jack Clark, 23 Feb 2013
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Microsoft defends Azure with two-factor auth security

Microsoft's multi-factor authentication service has gone into general availability, doubling prices and giving enterprises a service-level agreement. Microsoft announced the general availability of the product in a blog post on Thursday. The MFA technology allows admins to add an additional layer of security to accounts using …
Jack Clark, 26 Sep 2013
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Microsoft's Azure SQL Reporting FAIL

Microsoft's Azure cloud is grappling with an "unexpected outage" in its SQL Reporting component. The failure in the US East data-center hub began on Sunday night and meant the SQL Reporting Service suffered "service degradation" – a softie-euphemism for anything from intermittent connectivity to outright failure. "We are aware …
Jack Clark, 11 Feb 2013
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What we learned at our Windows Azure Regcast

On 10 October QA’s Matt Bishop became the latest and the bravest techie to enter El Reg studio for a hands-on session. Bravely ignoring advice never to work on stage with children or real-time internet feeds he did both, sitting alongside the Reg’s Tim Phillips for an hour of breakneck live Windows Azure configuration. Why, …
Team Register, 14 Nov 2013
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Microsoft reveals secrets of Azure cloud's networking underbelly

Microsoft has revealed the technologies it has pressed into service to provide network virtualization for its hulking Azure cloud – and 'fessed up to some of the thornier problems that appear when you grow a network significantly. The company's partner development manager for Windows Azure networking, Albert Greenberg, gave …
Jack Clark, 08 Nov 2013

Microsoft coughs up compensation for Azure cloud cock-up

Microsoft has vowed to compensate users of its Azure cloud after an expired SSL certificate took the service offline. Victims of the Blue Sky of Death, which lasted 12 hours, will get credits as per their service-level agreement (SLA), the Redmond giant confirmed on its website. Windows Azure was knocked offline globally …
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Amazon cloud-watcher shows some love for Microsoft's Azure

Newvem has been peddling its Cloud Care monitoring and costing tools for virty public infrastructure since it uncloaked last November for Amazon Web Services. Now the company is expanding Cloud Care so it can control-freak Microsoft's Windows Azure heavenly server and storage slices. Support for Cloud Care plugging into Windows …

Finally, a use for Microsoft Azure: Storing Seagate biz backups

Seagate's online backup service EVault will use the Microsoft Azure cloud as its back-end data vault. According to the Redmond software giant, Azure is good for storing bytes as well as crunching computational tasks. Seagate's EVault Endpoint Protection (EVault EP) product promises cloud-connected backups and data security for …
Chris Mellor, 05 Nov 2012
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Microsoft still reviving Azure SQL Reporting after MONDAY FAIL

Four days have passed since a "procedural operations error" downed Azure SQL Reporting in Microsoft's East US data center, and Redmond is still trying to restore customer data. After saying on Thursday that full restoration from Monday's fail would have occurred by Friday, the recovery date has slipped again, according to …
Jack Clark, 15 Feb 2013
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Battle of the Clouds: Azure goes lower

Windows Azure pricing is dropping by up to 28 per cent as Microsoft goes head to head againstAmazon's cloud storage. As announced in the Windows Azure blog by Steven Martin, general manager for Windows Azure business planning, there is a "price reduction for Windows Azure Storage by as much as 28 per cent, effective on December …
Chris Mellor, 07 Dec 2012
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Microsoft spin-out floats Azure for open-sourcers

A Microsoft spin-out is trying to tempt open-sourcers to its owner’s cloud with a catalogue of Azure-friendly open code. Microsoft Open Technologies has announced VM Depot, a site it calls: “A community-driven catalog of preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks that can easily be deployed on Windows …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Jan 2013
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Wanna make your own Azure? Now you can: Microsoft joins Open Compute Project

Microsoft has given away the secrets of its data centers for free by joining Facebook's Open Compute Project. The shock move will be announced at the Open Compute Summit on Tuesday and means that the server designs Microsoft uses to support Bing, Office365, and Windows Azure will be available for cloud-wannabes across the world …
Jack Clark, 27 Jan 2014
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SCREEECH! Dell spins in public cloud U-turn – now it'll resell Google, Azure

Dell is going to resell cloud tech from enterprise rivals as part of the company's ragged retreat from the capital-intensive public cloud market. The company disclosed a dramatic expansion to its "Cloud Partner program" at the Dell World conference in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, by announcing that it will now resell Google …
Jack Clark, 12 Dec 2013
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Microsoft secure Azure Storage goes down WORLDWIDE

Microsoft's Windows Azure storage cloud is having worldwide problems with secure SSL storage, probably because Redmond let the HTTPS certificate expire. Being 'in the pink' is not good news for Windows Azure, as this screenshot from the Windows Azure Service Dashboard attests (click to enlarge) The problems were first …
Jack Clark, 22 Feb 2013