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.

Exchange Online Getting E-Mail Internationalization Support

Microsoft plans to add limited support for e-mail internationalization sometime this quarter for Office 365 Exchange Online Enterprise plan users.

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.

Azure Migrate Tool Will Be Production-Ready in Next 6 Months

The Azure Migrate solution is expected to be a production-ready product for organizations in the first half of 2018, Microsoft indicated this week.

Microsoft Killing Live Meeting Service, Adding Skype for Business Mac Features

Microsoft offered some good news and bad news this week for users of its unified communications products.

Windows 10 Insider Release Includes OpenSSH Preview

A recent Windows 10 test release includes an open source Secure Shell (OpenSSH) preview, according to a press account.

Microsoft Intune Now Supports Conditional Access for Macs via Jamf Partnership

A solution to add "conditional access" security compliance protections to Mac devices, using technologies from Microsoft and Jamf, is now commercially available.

Microsoft Nudges Devs Toward Quantum Computing with New SDK

Quantum computing may be among the bleedingest of bleeding-edge technologies, but Microsoft is wasting no time introducing the concept to its developers with this week's release of a new Quantum Development Kit.

Microsoft Teams Getting New Calling Capabilities

Microsoft this week advanced the calling capabilities of its Office 365 Teams collaboration service by adding more Skype for Business capabilities to it.

Microsoft Unified Support Bringing Increased Costs for Organizations

Microsoft's Unified Support plan will replace other Microsoft technical support plans, including Premier Support, in about six months, and likely will result in substantial price increases for organizations.

Microsoft Rings Out the Year with 2017's Last Update Tuesday

December 12 marked Microsoft's last "update Tuesday" for this year.

Azure Virtual Machine B-Series and M-Series Now Commercially Available

Microsoft added more options to its alphabet soup of Azure virtual machine (VM) offerings this month.

VMware Partners with Carbon Black on Datacenter Security

VMware and Carbon Black, a provider of endpoint security solutions, are working on a new security offering that aims to protect datacenters by analyzing historical application data.

AWS Single Sign-On Launches with Active Directory Integration

A new solution from Amazon Web Services gives organizations single sign-on capabilities using Microsoft Active Directory credentials.

Report: Enterprise Security Spending To Increase in 2018

In the wake of major high-profile incidence in 2017, worldwide enterprise spending on security is poised to rise 8 percent next year, according to Gartner, Inc.

Microsoft Greenlights Exchange and Skype for Business for 'Hybrid Modern Authentication'

Microsoft announced this week that "hybrid modern authentication" for Exchange and Skype for Business has reached "general availability" status, meaning the capability is ready for commercial use.

Microsoft and Partners Highlight Emerging Kubernetes on Azure Tools

Some progress on the Kubernetes on Azure front emerged from this week's KubeCon event taking place in Austin, Texas.

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