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Microsoft, Red Hat Partner on OpenShift
The OpenShift-Azure deal extends collaboration between Microsoft and Red Hat that includes the addition of Microsoft SQL server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The deal signaled Microsoft’s embrace of OpenShift application container management.

The expanded partnership also gives OpenShift users access to public cloud services such as Azure Cosmos and SQL databases along with cloud-based machine learning models aimed at development of cloud-native enterprise applications.

OpenShift on Azure would “simplify container management on Kubernetes and help customers innovate on their cloud journeys,” added Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and AI Group.

Azure Red Hat OpenShift is available now on Microsoft Azure
Partnerships  cloud  hybridcloud  Azure  RedHat  openshift  Microsoft’s  links  via:Workflow 
may 2019 by cote
Walmart pick Microsoft Azure for cloud
“Walmart plans to deploy Microsoft’s machine-learning, artificial-intelligence and other services to help employees, for example, pick products that go on shelves and optimize the performance of freezers and other equipment. The retailer is aggressively cutting costs as it invests in growing sales online, and it is using tech to analyze its operations, an area of Amazon’s expertise.”
walmart  publiccloud  microsoft  azure  ml  customers  retail  analytics 
july 2018 by cote
Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Is Now Generally Available - More Regions and New Features
“The GA release of AKS includes a set of new features available in all regions like the Kubernetes role-based access control (RBAC), Azure Active Directory-based identity, and the ability to deploy clusters into pre-existing custom virtual networks.”
azure  kubernetes  publiccloud  cloudnative 
june 2018 by cote
Microsoft sees Red ...Hat for OpenShift-on-Azure public cloud offering
‘Rollout of the partnership will occur in two phases, with Azure support for OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux on Azure and Azure Stack available now. The jointly managed OpenShift on Azure project is slated to go into its preview phase "in the coming months."’
azurestack  microsoft  azure  partnerships  redhat  cloud 
may 2018 by cote
Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip
An edge device in every home, office, street corner, etc.

“The way it works is like this: Microsoft makes its system-on-chip (SoC) blueprints available to chip designers, which fabricate the chipset and flog it to IoT device makers. These manufacturers slap the silicon in their products, and run Microsoft's Linux-based Sphere OS along with their own software on the chip, which connects to Microsoft's Azure Sphere running on Redmond's cloud.

Sphere does things like make sure gizmos only run official firmware, and automatically pushes out and installs bug fixes on remote devices, and so on. In the process, the chipmaker moves more silicon, the device vendor gets a turnkey security service to show to customers, and Microsoft gets a cloud customer for the lifespan of the device.”
azure  iot  linux  microsoft  cloud  chips 
april 2018 by cote
Is Microsoft Azure really making up ground on AWS?
In terms of raw figures, not growth, Azure is still a way behind. Even a generous assumption of Azure's share of that US$5.3 billion intelligent cloud revenue figure for the quarter would put it well behind the US$5.1 billion AWS racked in over a similar period. Dave Bartoletti, a principal analyst at Forrester estimates AWS revenue at US$18 billion and Azure, excluding Office 365 and other non-platform revenue, at US$12 billion for the calendar year. "Azure has been growing faster on a smaller base, yes, but in our view, AWS's growth is still very strong even at their size," he added. "Azure is giving AWS a run globally, and is close to feature parity on many services. "Azure has also aggressively built out global regions and is on par with AWS for global data centre locations. It's a healthy and exciting market, and Azure's doing quite well."
azure  marketshare  momentum  cloud  publiccloud  numbers 
february 2018 by cote
Microsoft results show a distributed computing future
“The company reported 98% Azure revenue growth this quarter and commercial cloud revenue growth of 56% year-on-year to $5.3bn. The shift to Office 365 recurring revenue is also beginning to pay off, with the company reporting a 41% increase in Office 365 commercial revenue from installed base growth.”
numbers  microsoft  momentum  azure  cloud  qtr_calls 
february 2018 by cote
Building the convincing PaaS business case
Pretty good check-in on current studies showing productivity and ROI from using PaaS.
proofpoints  pivotal  costs  studies  paas  roi  azure 
january 2018 by cote
Amazon lost cloud market share to Microsoft in the fourth quarter: KeyBanc
For 4Q2017: “Amazon Web Services had 62 percent market share in the quarter, down from 68 percent a year earlier, KeyBanc's Brent Bracelin and other analysts wrote in a note on Thursday. Microsoft Azure jumped from 16 percent to 20 percent, and Google's share increased from 10 percent to 12 percent, they said.”
numbers  gcp  azure  google  cloud  marketshare  aws 
january 2018 by cote
Heptio brings its disaster recovery tool Ark to Microsoft's Azure Container Service - SiliconANGLE
“By teaming up with Microsoft, Heptio said, users will be able to backup and restore Kubernetes content in the Azure Container Service. In addition, they’ll be able to use Ark to create regular snapshots that persist in Azure and are encrypted when data is at rest.”
heptio  kubernetes  startups  azure  partnerships 
december 2017 by cote
Kroger using Google and Microsoft clouds to avoid paying Amazon
“With Amazon's retail business pushing into more industries and competing more directly with a growing number of companies, Amazon Web Services is starting to experience a backlash. Kroger is joining the likes of Wal-Mart and Target in finding other vendors to handle their massive workloads for their digital and e-commerce offerings. Alphabet said in its latest earnings release that Kohl's has moved to Google's cloud.”
kroger  groceries  cloud  azure  retail  gcp 
november 2017 by cote
HPE CEO Meg Whitman On Upcoming Changes To Field Compensation, The Impact Of Dell On HPE's VMware Relationship And Why Hardware Still Matters In The Software-Defined Era | CRN Mobile
‘"As workloads move to Azure, maybe that hurts us, but as workloads move to Azure Stack, that helps us," Whitman said. "In the end, our relationship with Microsoft and VMware at the core is very strong. It has to be because we have to do what's right for the customers."’
hp  azure  quotes  privatecloud  cloud  hpe  MegWhitman 
october 2017 by cote
In its Transition to a Service Company, Rackspace Embraces Azure
Rackspace to sell support for Azure, meaning they're not just about OpenStack.
managedcloud  rackspace  Azure  Microsoft  RAX 
july 2015 by cote – Microsoft targeting $20bn cloud business by 2018,...
Microsoft targeting $20bn cloud business by 2018, currently at $6.3bn run rate - May 01, 2015 at 07:46AM
IFTTT  Tumblr  microsoft  revenue  numbers  cloud  predictions  azure  office 
may 2015 by cote
The New Stack Analysts: Azure Rising? - YouTube
I was on The New Stack Analyst podcast today along with Nancy Gohring, one of the tech reports who’s work I’ve always enjoyed, and, of course, Alex Williams. We discuss Nancy’s recent piece on Azure cloud seeming to grow faster than Amazon’s cloud, the problem with figuring comparisons like this out, some different scenarios for big cloud vendor success and failure based on where the packaged software market goes, and then DaaS and WaaS. The last is a topic I know less about than I’d like, but that never stops a analyst from talking about a topic…at length. Pretty wide-ranging topics, but all trying to sort through what “IT” is becoming with all this cloud nonsense running around. My connection was slow so I shut down my video. Enjoy milkman meets pie man.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  thenewstack  AWS  Azure  cloud  NancyGohring  DaaS  WaaS  video  podcasts  CoteSpeaking  tumblr:video 
july 2014 by cote
Microsoft Azure: growing but still has image problems « Tim Anderson's ITWriting
This anecdote sums up an annoying problem on cloud marketing (and product management): At the break I chatted with a somewhat bemused attendee who had come in the hope of learning about whether he should migrate some or all of his small company’s server requirements to Azure. I explained about Office 365 and Azure Active Directory which he said was more relevant to him than the intricacies of software development. It turns out that the Azure User Group is really about software development using Azure services, which is only one perspective on Microsoft’s cloud platform. There are (at least!) two differer buyers for “cloud” now-a-days: the operations and admin staff who keep raw infrastructure an (packaged) applications up an running, the developer who wants to write new code and run deploy it to cloud services to run (or use those cloud services as middleware). Make sure you know which one you are - or which one you’re pitching to! Of course, there’s “DevOps,” which seeks to conflate the two of them together, which makes it, I guess, a more efficient marketing construct. And then there’s another group: actual end-users who just want services without all the Morlockian “infrastructure” crap. SaaS! Once “cloud” and “IT” become synonymous, nailing all these and other fiddly segments is even more important.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  cloud  marketing  Azure  developers  sysadmins  DevOps  link  tumblr:link 
june 2014 by cote
What Microsoft means by mobile first, cloud first: Build Android, iOS apps with Azure cloud • The Register
With these changes Microsoft has shifted its emphasis from Windows developers building Windows apps via Windows Azure to all developers building all apps via Microsoft Azure – an important distinction and one likely to grow more apparent over the coming months. It sounds like Build is a nice conference with some dramatic changes from previous Microsoft policy (strong ties to Windows and NIH). To be fair, many bits and pieces on Microsoft have long been “heterogenous,” it just wasn’t emphasized too much as a big deal. All of this should help.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  microsoft  Azure  devrel  cloud  conferences  link  tumblr:link 
april 2014 by cote
Dell and Microsoft Strengthen Alliance to Help Customers Take Full Advantage of Public Cloud | Dell
Official press release on the Dell/MSFT Azure cloud partnerships (Dell becoming a VAR for Azure): #DellWorld
Dell  MSFT  Azure  cloud  pr  partnerships  DellWorld  DellWorld2013 
december 2013 by cote
Microsoft Azure – a long game for IaaS normalcy
RT : Get the 451 take on Microsoft and its place in the market, from
cloud  IaaS  Azure 
december 2013 by cote
Microsoft Azure Sales Top $1 Billion Challenging Amazon
"Microsoft’s $1 billion sales figure includes Azure, as well as software provided to partners to create related Windows cloud services... Azure subscriptions have risen 48 percent in the past six months, said Takeshi Numoto, Microsoft’s vice president for marketing for the server and tools division."
developers  numbers  Microsoft  cloud  Azure  momentum 
november 2013 by cote
Microsoft offers Equinix customers private Azure access | Cloud Computing - InfoWorld
'"What [Equinix users] wanted was to have Azure as another node on their network, without using the public Internet," said Steven Martin, Microsoft general manager for Azure marketing and operations.'
microsoft  equinix  azure  privatecloud  cloud 
october 2013 by cote
Coté • “What does Windows Azure have to do with Windows...
What does Windows Azure have to do with Windows Server?” he said, naming the older server product. “Nothing, besides the name ‘Windows.’ Azure is a new operating system, designed not just for our cloud, but for anybody to build a cloud with.
microsoft  windows  cloud  branding  azure  via:ifttt  from:tumblr  quote  tumblr:quote 
october 2013 by cote
Microsoft takes fight to Amazon on raft of cloud announcements • The Register
"70 percent of the Azure footprint is [now] IaaS, which is tremendous," Nadella said, implying both that customers had a huge hunger for IaaS, and the potentially small size of the PaaS business. Something is odd with PaaS as a stack. It’s like a good dish that “needs something,” but no one has cracked what.
via:ifttt  from:tumblr  paas  azure  numbers  appdev  microsoft  cloud  link  tumblr:link 
october 2013 by cote
Microsoft Pushes Cloud Service at Build
"One feature I find very interesting is Windows Azure Active Directory, which can work in the cloud or integrate with an on-premises Activity Directory, yet still supports single sign-on. With this feature, enterprises can integrate applications like Google Apps, Salesforce, Dropbox, Box, Concur, and even Amazon Web Services and allow single-sign on."
microsoft  compete  cloud  azure  programming  iam  iamaas  activedirectory 
july 2013 by cote
Microsoft adds Azure to its billion dollar a year club | Ars Technica
Amazon Web Services (AWS), by way of comparison, is estimated to have brought in $1.8 billion last year.
cloud  azure  revenue  qpost  amazon 
may 2013 by cote
Just Announced at Tech-Ed: Travelocity Launches Analytics System on Windows Azure - Windows Azure - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
"Travelocity uses Windows Azure to provide compute power and storage for its business intelligence and analysis system. In doing so, it avoids burdening the capacity of its on-premises infrastructure, Thanks to cloud computing, Travelocity has fulfilled its partners’ requests for a system that collects metrics on customer interactions."
teched2011  Microsoft  cloudcases  Travelocity  analytics  reporting  travel  Azure  cloud 
may 2011 by cote
Microsoft attempts to cement Azure values at TechEd Atlanta - 5/19/2011 - Computer Weekly
"At the moment, supplier interest is higher than developers'. The promises of PaaS are alluring - integrating with the full Visual Studio toolchain, for example. But developers seem leery of ceding control of their middleware and below over to a supplier (a PaaS provider). I think they are happy with what they have and have not found the motivation yet to think poorly of IaaS. It will probably come soon though."
redmonkpressquotes  azure  cloud  microsoft 
may 2011 by cote
Q&A: Microsoft's Bob Muglia details cloud strategy
Muglia has a unique and interesting exec style in these kinds of Q&As. He and IBM's Steve Mills mix together business and technology well, all at the same time subtly selling their respective companies well. Here, Muglia talks about customers plans to migrating to the cloud (mostly email right now); the problem with Google & IBM in enterprise cloud computing (one lacks enterprise-, while the other lacks consumer-experience); Big Data & analysts; early usage of the Azure appliance (Microsoft's private PaaS).
devops  cloud  quotes  BobMuglia  itmanagement  Microsoft  BPOS  Exchange  email  Azure 
october 2010 by cote
Microsoft's 'almost ready' Azure set for April delivery?
Developers! Get ready for some exciting pricing confusion and spreadsheet magic in your future: "The service bus will now be charged per application or service connection at a rate of $3.99 per connections a month, instead of the previous "message operations" charge. Microsoft also plans to make connection packs available priced in batches of five, 25, 100 and 500 connections starting at $9.95 and going up to $995.00. Access Control, meanwhile, will be charged by number of transactions instead of "message operations" at a rate of $1.99 per 100,000 transactions." Come to think of it, a product that helped estimate and optimize your cloud payments for stuff like that would be good. Nice SalesForce, IPP, etc. add on.
Microsoft  cloud  Azure  confusion  pricing  PaaS  itmanagement  itmanagementguys 
january 2010 by cote
Microsoft talks cloud computing security and plans to offer private cloud software
"Every customer says 'where can we get a private cloud?'" Alkhatib said. "We're building them. Within a short period of time private clouds will be available with the same technology we've used to build Windows Azure."
microsoft  quotes  Azure  privatecloud  cloud  redmonkclients  itmanagement  itmanagementguys 
december 2009 by cote
Reflections on Microsoft PDC 2009
"So how was PDC 2009? While there was a ton of good content there, and an impressive launch for Silverlight 4, there was a noticeable lack of direction; maybe that was why Ballmer decided not to show up. It should have been the Windows Azure PDC, but as I have just written elsewhere, Microsoft has little excitement about its cloud. Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie gave almost exactly the same keynote this year that he gave last year; and the body language, as it were, is more about avoiding the cloud than embracing it. Cross-platform clients, commodity pricing, throw away your servers: from Microsoft’s point of view, what’s not to hate?"
PDC  Microsoft  conferences  PDC2009  Azure  Silverlight  redmonkclients  sentiment 
december 2009 by cote
Ruby on Rails becomes latest open-source offering to run on Microsoft's Azure cloud
And, in addition to getting RoR on Azure: "Davies noted that Microsoft has demonstrated a number of open-source apps, including MySQL, Mediawiki, Memcached and Tomcat, can run on Windows Azure. Microsoft has been working on delivering PHP and Eclipse tools for Windows Azure."
rails  ruby  azure  microsoft  opensource  cloud  itmanagementguys 
december 2009 by cote
So where's Microsoft's Live Mesh?
Seems like Ray Ozzie is operating more in the consumer, end-user side of Microsoft rather than the IT, infrastructure side. Fair enough.
LiveMesh  Live  microsoft  RayOzzie  Azure  consumertech 
november 2009 by cote
What's next for Microsoft's Azure cloud platform?
Addressing legacy IT in cloud transitions: "To enable existing apps to run on Azure, Microsoft is planning to make virtual machines (VMs) available to developers, which they will be able to customize and run their legacy apps inside them." Also: "Microsoft officials made a vague reference in this morning’s keynote to System Center in the cloud. I asked Srivastava if this meant Microsoft was looking to offer System Center as a Microsoft-hosted service, the way that it is offering Exchange and Office Communications Server as Microsoft-hosted offerings. That isn’t the case, he said; instead, Microsoft has opened up the Windows Azure management programming interfaces so that System Center — as well as third-party management products like HP OpenView — can manage Azure-hosted applications."
cloud  pdc  pdc2009  azure  itmanagement  itmanagementguys  migration  legacy  systemcenter 
november 2009 by cote
Three new codenames and how they fit into Microsoft's cloud vision
Crack-coverage from Mary-Jo: Azure consolidated down (compare to the complex IBM cloud burger) and three new project/layer names for VPN'ed cloud connections ("Sydney"), data marketplaces like Infochimps ("Dallas"), and AppFabric (app server, caching).
pdc2009  pdc  microsoft  Azure  itmanagementguys  datamarketplace  caching 
november 2009 by cote
A critical PDC for Microsoft
"It sounds unlikely [that Microsoft will be the open web champions]; but where do you go if your mood is “anything but Google”? We could see some surprising new alliances; though I honestly do not see the Windows-Office empire within Microsoft accepting that kind of role under the current leadership."
PDC  cloud  microsoft  anti-google  pdc2009  Azure 
november 2009 by cote
Microsoft begins paving path for IT and cloud integration
Quick round-up of Microsoft cloud efforts and projects.
cloud  microsoft  pdc  pdc2009  Azure 
november 2009 by cote
Microsoft's Azure moving out of Washington | Cloud Computing - InfoWorld
It's like the real-estate "cat and mouse" games big box stores play.
azure  microsoft  datacenter  texas  realestate 
august 2009 by cote
Microsoft’s cloud platform Windows Azure coming in November | VentureBeat
"During the presentations I’ve attended and conversations I’ve had with Microsoft about Azure, one of the big emphases has been on Microsoft’s reputation with bigger companies, who might hesitate before moving their data or applications onto, say, Amazon’s cloud infrastructure. Microsoft also likes to talk about the fact that Azure will fit into the company’s larger ecosystem of developer tools and services. I guess we’ll see in November if that helps Microsoft chip away at Amazon’s built-in lead."
Azure  microsoft  pricing  cloud  itmanagement  paas 
july 2009 by cote
Microsoft preps for open-source cloud apps
"PHPAzure is a software development kit (SDK) for programming to both Windows Azure and the underlying SQL-like Windows Azure Storage service's blobs, tables, and queues. PHPAzure is an open-source project developed with RealDolmen and hosted on Microsoft's CodePlex site."
PHP  Microsoft  Azure 
june 2009 by cote
new CloudApp(): The Azure™ Services Platform Developer Challenge - Home
I'm a judge for this contest: "new CloudApp() is a US-based developer challenge for .NET & PHP developers creating cloud applications or services (hereafter "application") on the Azure™ Services Platform. Have your application judged by industry leaders Om Malik and Michael Cote and share your cloud coding skills with other developers. Grand Prize Winners will be announced on stage at Structure 09 and featured on"
microsoft  azure  ego  judgeship  itmanagementguys  cloud 
may 2009 by cote
Web, S+S, etc. : "Product support in the cloud" reference implementation
"It is an easy-to-use application for providing basic product support in the cloud, collecting feedback about products and exchanging opinions with other users. It's intended to be used by developers as a reference application utilizing both Windows Azure and Silverlight for rich yet scalable and highly available business solutions."
silverlight  ria  cloud  azure  microsoft 
april 2009 by cote
Microsoft Azurelight: Product support in the cloud | All about Microsoft |
Sounds like someone's building a reference app for Silverlight layered on-top of Azure. Generalized: using RIAs as the front-end for the cloud. Yup.
ria  riaweekly  silverlight  cloud  azure  microsoft 
april 2009 by cote
My thoughts on Cloud Computing after the Cloud Computing Expo
"Amazon, Google, Salesforce, and a host of early adopter pure players get it. But the mega vendors joining the party late (IBM, Microsoft, HP) do not. I remember being at a handful of SOA conferences last year when I mentioned the cloud and the IBM folks in the meeting almost lost their drinks through their nose. Now they are on board but they really don’t have a well thought out vision and are almost interchanging the terms data centers and clouds. Their message is all over the place and they are not thought leaders in the space. Microsoft says a lot of the right things but when you ask questions it is really vapor ware. It is very proprietary and the only reason why it has so much traction is because of the brand name Microsoft. Their presentation was laughable, and the Q&A that followed exposed many weaknesses that were hidden behind the pretty power point. Until they show me something real, it is the 'Blue Screen of Death' [Blue Cloud of Death?] in the cloud for me."
azure  via:botchagalupe  cloud  ibm  rants  CloudComputingExpo  itmanagement  itmanagementguys 
april 2009 by cote
Development Unfiltered: From code, to cloud to comedy. - Steven Martin, Developer Platform Product Management : .NET Services - Cloud Interoperability
"Almost two years ago, we introduced these services – Service Bus (secure messaging across networks and firewalls), Access Control (user access to web apps and services across multiple standards-based identity providers), and Workflow (for orchestrating and routing Service Bus messages). From the beginning, .NET Services was designed for multi-cloud, multi-platform use. Developers can use the .NET Services in conjunction with ANY programming language (using support for industry-standard protocols, or via available SDKs for .NET, Java and Ruby) on ANY platform to create or extend federated applications."
bus  cloud  itmanagement  azure  itmanagementguys  ria  riaweekly 
march 2009 by cote
A Lap around Microsoft .NET Services - MIX Videos
Looks nice. Check out the huge selection of MIX09 videos Microsoft has online as well, in a podcast feed. Excellent work.
azure  to_watch  riaweekly  backend  videos  MIX09 
march 2009 by cote
Amazon, Microsoft improve their cloud computing game
Better EC2 pricing for long running applications; SQLServer and Azure updates.
cloud  ec2  amazon  microsoft  azure  itmanagementguys 
march 2009 by cote
Microsoft: Enterprises will self-host Windows Azure someday
"'The innovation in Azure and future versions of Windows Server will be shared, and that code base will continue to cross-pollinate,' said Steven Martin, senior director for developer platform product management at Microsoft, in an interview. 'The corporate datacenter at some point in time will look like a mini-cloud, partitioned by application workload.'...'Our goal is to completely hide the complexity of hardware from developers.'" See also the AWS trash-talk: "'We make it really easy for you to transition back to on-premises without having to completely rewrite your app. You control your own destiny,' Martin said. By contrast, 'if I'm a startup, it's gotta be in the back of my mind when I look at's 10-K, that 'Gosh, they may want to go back to just selling books.'"
azure  microsoft  behindthefirewall  cloud  itmanagement  itmanagementguys 
march 2009 by cote
Ballmer: Azure ready for release by end of year
"Microsoft plans to release its Windows Azure cloud computing platform before the end of the year, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Tuesday."
azure  cloud  microsoft  paas  itmanagementguys 
march 2009 by cote
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