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Going serverless? Tell us how, then tell the world

Events If you know your Lambda from your lambada, have turned all your functions into services, and avoided vendor lock-in in the process, we’d love to hear from you at the Serverless Computing London call for papers. Serverless Computing London will run between November 12 and 14, cutting through the hype to explore how real world …
Team Register, 14 Mar 2018
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Container orchestration top trumps: Let's just pretend you don't use Kubernetes already

Container orchestration comes in different flavours, but actual effort must be put into identifying the system most palatable. Yes, features matter, but so too does the long-term viability of the platform. There's been plenty of great technologies in the history of the industry, but what's mattered has been their viability, as …
Trevor Pott, 13 Mar 2018

Microsoft builds Uncle Sam custom versions of 365 and Azure Stack

Courting the lucrative government contract market, Microsoft has unveiled custom versions of Azure Stack and Microsoft 365 for the US government. Redmond says the Government editions of the two cloud platforms would feature special security and management options designed for US government agencies. For Microsoft 365, this …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Mar 2018
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Microsoft to make Ubuntu a first-class guest under Hyper-V

Microsoft's revealed a plan to make Ubuntu 18.04 a "first-class" guest under Hyper-V. Microsoft's definition of first-class may sound a bit ho-hum for users of other desktop hypervisors, as it includes window resizing, a clipboard that goes from host to guest and back again, something Microsoft's called a "Better mouse …
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Take SNAT, says Microsoft, to improve Azure load balancing

Microsoft has rewritten the operation of its Source Network Address Translation (SNAT) protocol in a bid to improve Azure's load balancing performance. Source Network Address Translation is a special sauce that allocates IP port numbers, making it easy for a router to fling traffic around multiple Azure servers. In the TCP/IP …
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$14bn tax hit, Surface Pro screens keep dying – but it's not all good news at Microsoft

Updated Microsoft Surface Pro 4 owners are up in arms over what they claim is an ongoing epidemic of screen failures blighting their expensive fondleslabs. Disgruntled punters on the Redmond support forums and the dedicated independent website say their tablets are prone to a hardware glitch that causes the display to …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Feb 2018

Azure Event Grid goes live, gives world cloudy publish-subscribe model

Microsoft's Azure Event Grid, a service launched as preview last August, has attracted enough fans for Redmond to push it into general availability. The model for Event Grid will look familiar to old-timers: it's a publish-subscribe model for the cloud. The Event Grid service is the chunk that sits between event publishers ( …

Microsoft extends patent protection shield on-premises

Microsoft’s extended its “Azure IP Advantage” litigation protection shield to on-premises technology, by applying it to the Azure Stack hybrid-cloud-in-a-box systems. Microsoft launched Azure IP Advantage in February 2017. The service sees Microsoft indemnify Azure users who spend more than US$1,000 a month against IP …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Jan 2018

Microsoft offloads networking to FPGA-powered NICs

Microsoft has switched on new network interface cards packing field-programmable gate arrays and announced that doing so has let it hit 30Gbps of throughput for servers in Azure. Redmond’s talked up these “SmartNICs” since late 2016 and even detailed (PDF) their workings to the Open Compute project. It has now revealed the …
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Azure VMs borked following Meltdown patch, er, meltdown

Microsoft Azure customers are reporting problems with their virtual machines, which are struggling to come back online after being updated with the Meltdown processor patch. The firm told one customer in a direct message on Twitter: "We are currently investigating alerts affecting Virtual Machines in West Europe. You should be …
Kat Hall, 4 Jan 2018
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VMware: Sure, you might run our stuff on bare-metal Azure, but we don't have to like it

VMware is making clear it is not on board with Microsoft's plan to offer its software on bare-metal Azure servers. A since-softened blog post from Ajay Patel, VMware's senior VP of product development for cloud services, serves as the virtualization specialist's notice to customers that it would prefer they opt for another …
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Microsoft plans Hyper-V-and-other-clouds-to-Azure migration tool

Microsoft has revealed the Azure Migrate tool it announced as supporting lift and shift from on-prem vSphere to Azure will also become capable of doing the same for on-premises Hyper-V applications and applications in rival clouds. But the company’s stayed schtum about the identity of the mystery VMware partner that has helped …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2017

AMD scores EPYC gig powering new Azure instances

AMD's return to the server market has won it a place in a top tier cloud: the company today revealed that it has won Microsoft's business for the next generation of Azure's L-series instances. The chip-maker told The Register its 32-core, 2.2GHz EPYC 7551 will power a new “Lv2” Azure instance type. Azure's L-series instances …

A day will come when Azure Active Directory 'classic' portal is killed. But it is not this day

Updated For reasons unknown, Microsoft has decided at the last minute not to pull the plug on the old Azure Active Directory portal just yet. The "classic" portal will now retire January 8, instead of today. The new Azure admin console was first previewed September 2016, and when released in May Microsoft boasted "over 750k admins …
Andrew Silver, 30 Nov 2017

Two years later, SAP's making ‘progress’ on clearing up S/4HANA ball of confusion

SAP is “getting there” with its efforts to address concerns around deployment of the latest version of its ERP business suite, according to S/4HANA COO Sal Laher. S/4HANA was plagued by confusion over pricing, licensing, migration and deployment when it was first launched in 2015, and this has had an impact on both awareness …
Rebecca Hill, 29 Nov 2017
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VMware refuses to support its wares running in Azure

VMware has responded to Microsoft's plan to run its stack in Azure, by saying customers who choose that option will have to forego support. “This offering has been developed independent of VMware, and is neither certified nor supported by VMware,” wrote Virtzilla's senior veep for product development and cloud services Ajay …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Nov 2017
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Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

Microsoft is to offer "the full VMware stack on Azure hardware" with the help of an as-yet-unnamed VMware partner. Redmond's announcement stated that the company has commenced a preview of "a bare-metal solution … co-located with other Azure services" and "in partnership with premier VMware-certified partners". Sources tell …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017

NetApp's back, baby, flaunting new tech and Azure cloud swagger

Analysis There's a new energy at NetApp. The Microsoft Azure NFS deal was a great confidence booster, and the two recent acquisitions of Greenqloud and Plexistor provide stepping stones to a high-performance, on-premises storage future and a stronger hybrid cloud play. We were briefed at NetApp Insight in Berlin by co-founder Dave Hitz …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2017

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