Cloud Computing

Microsoft Goes Live with ExpressRoute Monitoring and Azure Storage and Backup Improvements

Various Microsoft Azure services hit "general availability" status this month, meaning that Microsoft views them as ready for production use.

Microsoft Identity Division Embracing Blockchain for Decentralized IDs

The Microsoft Identity Division, which is responsible for Active Directory developments, is embracing blockchain technologies to improve digital identity security and increase overall control by end users.

How Telemetry Is Making SQL Server and Azure SQL Better: Part 1

In the first of this two-part series, Microsoft's lead SQL architect explains how the company collects -- and secures -- telemetry data from Azure SQL Database customers to improve its engineering process.

Symantec Web Security Service Now Protects Microsoft Azure and Office 365

Symantec and Microsoft announced a collaborative effort on Wednesday that has brought Symantec Web Security Service protections to Microsoft Azure and Office 365 services.

Azure Active Directory Gets Proxy and B2C Improvements

Microsoft made it easier to publish applications using the Azure Active Directory (AD) Application Proxy service, and also added Business to Consumer (B2C) features this week.

Microsoft Offers OneDrive for Business Switch Deal

Microsoft on Tuesday made a move against its online storage partners and competitors by rolling out a OneDrive for Business switch deal.

Cloud Leaders AWS and Azure Now Have Alibaba To Worry About

Recently released data from Synergy Research Group shows cloud upstart Alibaba edging its way into the leader pack of the global cloud computing market for the first time.

Azure Active Directory Gets Policy, Printing and User Perks

Microsoft recently announced a few Azure Active Directory (AD) improvements, both for end users and IT pros.

Microsoft Cuts Azure Support Standard Plan Costs

Microsoft has lowered the monthly price of its Azure Standard support plan while also reducing the "critical" case response time under that plan, according to an announcement this week.

OneDrive Files Restore and Other Office 365 Features Starting To Arrive

Microsoft this week started delivering a Files Restore feature for OneDrive for Business users, along with other Office 365 advancements at the test level.

Azure Stack Gets Legal Assurances Under Azure IP Advantage Program

Microsoft's intellectual property (IP) indemnification program for Azure services has been extended to Azure Stack users, too, the company announced this week.

Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run Preview Now Available

Microsoft this week announced that it has broadened the availability of a preview of its Office Customization Tool for Click-to-Run solution.

Datacenter, IT Hardware Spending Continues Apace Despite Cloud Growth

The cloud market grew faster than any other IT category in 2017, but it wasn't enough to unseat traditional infrastructure hardware.

Accelerated Networking for Azure Virtual Machines Now 'Generally Available'

Microsoft today announced the "general availability" of its Accelerated Networking technology for Azure virtual machines, which is available for use with both Linux- and Windows-based VMs.

With Avere Systems, Microsoft Acquires Hybrid Storage Tech

Microsoft is kicking off its year in acquisitions with a Pittsburgh-based provider of hybrid cloud storage solutions.

VMware Talking with Microsoft on VMware Virtualization on Azure

VMware isn't planning to work directly with Microsoft on the technical details of its emerging VMware virtualization on Azure solution, but the company has dropped some of its initially condemnatory language about it.

Posey's Tech Predictions for 2018

According to Brien's take on the Microsoft tea leaves, the year ahead should bode well for Hyper-V and Azure customers. On the other hand, Windows 10 S users may want to brace themselves.

Cloud Demand Drives Up Worldwide Server Revenue by 16 Percent

Higher demand for "infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations" has meant increased revenue for the world's top server manufacturers, according to recent data from Gartner.

Report: 'Direct Match' Migrations to Cloud Miss the Mark

Most organizations end up overpaying for cloud services when they migrate their on-premises workloads to the cloud using a "direct match" philosophy, according to a recent study by migration analytics firm TSO Logic.

Oracle Bolsters Its Cloud with $1.2 Billion Aconex Buy

Oracle recently announced its intent to acquire Australian software company Aconex in an effort to boost its industry-focused cloud offerings.

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