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Public Cloud makes it to Africa for the first time

Microsoft has announced that it will offer Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 from data centres in the South African cities Cape Town and Johannesburg next year. We won't go to deep into Microsoft's typically ShinyHappy™ announcement, because more interesting than its thrust that Redmond is about to, yet again, Make …
Simon Sharwood, 22 May 2017
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Windows Server's footprint shrunk to reduce Azure bills

Microsoft's quietly revealed that it's shrunk Windows Server's footprint, at least when you run it in Azure. The newly-reduced versions of Windows Server are destined for use in Azure's Managed Disks, a storage option that allows the creation of disks without first creating a storage account and without the need to manually …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2017
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Azure users told they're not WannaCrypt-proof

Microsoft Windows users already know what to do to defeat WannaCrypt (unless they've been asleep for a week). Now the company's published its advice for its Azure customers. Since there aren't any surprises in Microsoft's note for Azure users, Vulture South suspects this is a prod for people who are slow to respond or …
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SAP puts its heads in multiple clouds

SAP's decided the time is right for its cloud to play nicely with other clouds. The Earl of ERP has previously signalled that its platform-as-a-service will soon soon be available in clouds other than its own and at its Sapphire Now conference it has delivered. The SAP Cloud Platform can now run across three different clouds …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017
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Clouds' crazy kinks can spin your wheels and lead you to mistakes

You're probably cocking up the cloud, but clouds themselves are part of the reason why. So says Kyle Hilgendorf, chief of research at Gartner for Technology Professionals, the branch of the analyst firm that talks to Reg-reading types instead of suits. Hilgendorf delivered a session titled “Top AWS and Azure IaaS mistakes you' …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017
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Azure becomes double DaaS-aster zone as VMware loads up

VMware's got the green light to deliver virtual Windows desktops and packaged apps from Microsoft's Azure cloud. Citrix is already there, having revealed its efforts back in March 2017. But VMware thinks its Horizon software can do a little better by offering a single control plane capable of managing virtual desktops across …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2017
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Dell EMC's Azure Stack: Get thee behind me, Microsoft subscriptions

Dell EMC will release a four-node Azure stack. This potentially places Microsoft's cloud-in-a-can within reach of the SMB. The subscription model thing could get in the way. Microsoft recently released pricing information for Azure Stack, loudly and proudly championing the subscription model. This is different from what many …
Trevor Pott, 15 May 2017
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A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

Build At its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, US, on Wednesday, Microsoft turned its attention to Windows and cozied up to competitors. The day before, CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft now sees its business in the context of edge devices and cloud services, informed by artificial intelligence algorithms. Terry Myerson, …
Thomas Claburn, 11 May 2017
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Microsoft emits code for DIY Linux IoT hubs. Repeat, Linux IoT hubs (that talk to Azure, duh)

Build Microsoft has wheeled out open-source software that wrangles Internet of Things devices and beams data to and from Azure. It's a stack of code that runs on hubs and gateways that sit between small IoT gizmos and backend services hosted in Redmond's cloud. It basically lures engineers and techies into Azure. Announced during …
Gareth Corfield, 11 May 2017
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Microsoft is on the edge: Windows, Office? Naah. Let's talk about cloud, AI

Build At the Build 2017 developer conference today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella marked a Windows milestone – 500 million monthly active users – and proceeded to say very little about Windows or Office. Instead he, along with Scott Guthrie, EVP of the Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise Group, and Harry Shum, EVP of Microsoft's Artificial …
Thomas Claburn, 10 May 2017

Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

Exclusive Microsoft's public cloud business is experiencing growing pains – fresh deployments are being held up by insufficient rack space in the UK data centres that host Azure. According to company insiders, Microsoft rents data centre space in London and Cardiff from third-party providers, and owns a facility in Durham, but these …
Paul Kunert, 4 May 2017
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Microsoft's Azure cloud feels the pinch in price war with Amazon's AWS

Analysis Sales of Surface, falling 26 per cent year-on-year, wasn't the only wrinkle in Microsoft's third-quarter trading period. Management beat the cloud drum for Wall Street on Thursday, talking across-the-board growth. Azure, Dynamics 365 and Office 365 commercial saw the biggest revenue growth, according to Microsoft – 93 per …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2017
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Scratch the Surface: Slabtop sales slump takes the shine off Microsoft's 2017 so far

Microsoft has reported strong results in its latest quarter, pulling in nearly $5bn in profits and showing good cloud revenue growth. Just don't mention the sagging Surface fondleslab sales. Still, CEO Satya Nadella was in ebullient form on a conference call Thursday with investors and analysts, saying the Windows giant was …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2017
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Risk-free Friday evenings, thanks to Office 365 license management

Office 365 administrators have a reason to be happy: Microsoft has finally joined the party on group-based Office 365 licence management, saving time from manual maintenance, or the reliance on scripts and third-party systems. The 'before' time Until earlier this year, administrators of Office 365 had no pure native way to …
Adam Fowler, 24 Apr 2017

Microsoft offers preview to eye AI IoT analytics for edgelords of new net

Microsoft's commitment to Azure has tickled it to the market's movement towards edge analytics provoked by the wave of IoT devices, and has launched a new analytics service so the twain shall never part. Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) on edge devices is a new feature enabling customers to deploy analytical intelligence closer to …

Embrace our cloud, damn you: Microsoft dangles 40% discount on Azure instances

Microsoft has started offering substantial Windows Server licence discounts as an incentive to embrace its cloud. Redmond has rolled out its Azure Hybrid Use Benefits scheme, which it says can cut up to 40 per cent off the price of Windows Server virtual instances on Azure. Azure Hybrid Use Benefit covers two-processor and 16 …
Gavin Clarke, 13 Apr 2017
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Pivotal imbues Cloud Foundry with Windows-wrangling powers

Pivotal has popped out its quarterly Cloud Foundry update, and this time there's something notable: the ability to manage fleets of Windows Servers. PCF, as Pivotal calls its cut of Cloud Foundry, has long offered the chance to define a gold image of Linux and deploy it widely. If the gold image needs to be changed to add …
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Google serves Espresso link-ups for Cloud

Google has released another piece of its in-house software-defined networking (SDN) system for public use on the Google Cloud service. The Chocolate Factory said that Espresso functions as the edge-facing component of the Google network, linking its own machines up with the interconnect facilities of backbone providers and …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Apr 2017

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