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Microsoft, Intel cook kit to secure firmware in servers and beyond

Microsoft's revealed it is working with Intel on a “cryptographic microcontroller” to secure its cloud servers and the many firmware-using components within. Redmond's named this effort “Project Cerberus” and says it is “a NIST 800-193 compliant hardware root of trust specifically designed to provide robust security for all …

New BFFs Salesforce and Google link arms, er, CRMs with G Suite

Salesforce.com and Google have agreed on a partnership deal that will see the former's CRM service integrated directly into G Suite's productivity apps. The two sides say the deal will see Google Cloud take the mantle of "preferred public cloud" for Salesforce as well as the cloud provider for an international expansion the …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Nov 2017
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Fat-fingered Level 3 techie reduces internet to level zero: Glitch knocks out connections

A fat-fingered configuration blunder at Level 3 temporarily sent a chunk of internet connectivity in America and the wider world to level zero on Monday. The global backbone provider admitted it was at fault for rolling outages that have plagued big patches of US this morning, West Coast time, particularly for Comcast …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Nov 2017
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Microsoft rolls out red carpet to hybrid Azure SQL databases

On Wednesday, Microsoft showed off a series of new tools and services aimed at helping companies bridge gap between their on-premise SQL databases and its Azure cloud database offerings. The tools, shown off at the PASS Summit in Seattle, are designed to help companies manage Azure cloud databases, SQL Server 2017 databases, …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Nov 2017
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Microsoft reveals network simulator that keeps Azure alive

Microsoft has let the world in on one of its key Azure management tools: a simulator designed to help prevent nearly 70 per cent of the bugs that cause network downtime. The simulator, called CrystalNet, is a design tool Microsoft Research created for its admins to help avoid downtime during routine maintenance and upgrades. …
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What just counted $24bn in receipts, and rhymes with psycho loft?

Microsoft is crediting its Azure and Office cloud operations with helping to drive a better-than-expected start to its fiscal year. The Redmond giant highlighted on Thursday the growth of its cloud services, both enterprise and consumer, as it topped $24bn in the first quarter of its fiscal 2018. For the three-month period, …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Oct 2017

AWS will be the last big cloud to add Skylake as Azure turns 'em on

Microsoft has announced its first Azure instances running Intel's Skylake silicon, a move that means Amazon Web Services will be the last of the big four clouds to run Intel's latest silicon. Amazon announced it would use Skylake last November 2016 at its re:Invent gabfest. Google offered Skylake in June 2017, IBM switched it …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2017
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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

A below-the-radar security feature in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, aka version 1709 released last week, can stop ransomware and other file-scrambling nasties dead. The controlled folder access mechanism within Windows Defender prevents suspicious applications from changing the contents of selected protected folders. …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Oct 2017

No more mister nice GUI: Visual tools stapled to Azure Data Factory

In a move that will delight factory workers developers everywhere, Microsoft has added more graphical user interface features to Azure Data Factory V2. Azure Data Factory is Redmond's data pipeline management and integration service, kind of like Google Cloud Dataflow or AWS Data Pipeline. The unrelenting factory service …
Andrew Silver, 20 Oct 2017
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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

Microsoft's Azure cloud has been approved to host classified-level applications for the US government. Redmond said on Wednesday the Azure Government wing of its cloud compute service has been cleared to host secret-level data and code for Uncle Sam's agencies and contractors. The service, creatively dubbed Azure Government …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2017
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The age of six-monthly Windows Server updates starts … now!

Microsoft's vision of six-monthly Windows Server updates is now a reality. Announced just four months ago in June 2017, Redmond's new Windows Server plan will see it offer a “Long-term Servicing Channel” that behaves a lot like Windows Server does today: a big upgrade every three years or so and support for more than a decade …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2017
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Symantec's guzzled the Azure Kool-Aid, tells all its customers: Drink up!

Analysis Security software supplier Symantec is moving 105 Norton data centre applications to Microsoft's Azure cloud. The apps include reputation scoring, security telemetry and advanced threat protection. It will bring its e-commerce system to Azure, which it plans to use for some internal IT services including containers, machine …
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2017
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Amazon beams: We're best cloud buds with General Electric

Amazon boasts that it is the "preferred" cloud provider for General Electric, but it's a multi-cloud world after all. GE began moving its applications to the cloud in 2014, with AWS taking the bulk of the dollars. The company has migrated "more than 2,000 applications", we're told. The thing Amazon won't have mentioned in its …
Andrew Silver, 6 Oct 2017

Amazon, Azure, Google will eat all the IT. Google, let us be your cake fork, pleads Nutanix

Analysis An IT trio of giants will soon dominate the market - and there appears to be one on-premises/hybrid stack partner opening, Nutanix told us. A conversation with Sudheesh Nair, Nutanix's president, revealed the firm's mindset: it envisages three great beasts in the IT jungle – Amazon, Azure and Google – each with their public …
Chris Mellor, 6 Oct 2017
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Microsoft tries to Spark relationship with cluster lusters: Promises 5-min big data bang on Azure

First apps on Windows, then Linuxes in Hyper-V and on Azure, now big data via Spark. In another effort to win over the open source crowd, Microsoft has made the speedy big data engine Apache Spark easier to set up and use on Azure, giving devs a dedicated tool to help provision clusters. The open-source "Azure Distributed Data …
Andrew Silver, 5 Oct 2017
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Google hooks up with Scale for cloud collab?! What does it all mean?

At long last, Google's cloud has an on-premises extension. That extension is... Scale Computing? The cloud giant and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) vendor have have said they will build a service with some interesting potential. The collaboration started a couple of years ago when Scale was approached by the Chocolate …
Trevor Pott, 5 Oct 2017
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Microsoft's Azure servers want to sip your mug of serverless Java

JavaOne Microsoft has announced Java support for Azure Functions, the serverless cloud platform which competes with AWS Lambda. The announcement was made at the JavaOne event under way in San Francisco this week. The service is now in public preview. Java is the latest language to be added following Microsoft’s redesign of the Azure …
Tim Anderson, 4 Oct 2017

Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

Microsoft has explained how a cascading series of cockups left some of its Northern European Azure customers without access to services for nearly seven hours. On September 29, the sounds of "Sacré bleu!" "Scheisse!" and "What are the bastards up to now?" were, we're guessing, heard from Redmond's Euro clients after key …
Iain Thomson, 3 Oct 2017

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