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Alibaba enters US cloud market, signaling global ambitions

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group is making a push into the U.S. cloud computing market, where it's expected to run into competition from Amazon.com, Google and Microsoft. U.S., where Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure are major players. But opening the data center…
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10 cleanest and greenest data centres in the world

less so for the environment. To support the expansion of its Azure platform, Microsoft has invested…
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Microsoft adds key management to Azure cloud

Microsoft continues to bulk up its Azure cloud platform, adding a secure key vault for protecting cloud workloads as well as a new set of larger virtual machines and an easier way to deploy Docker-based workloads. A new Azure vault provides a way to store encryption keys in the cloud… Microsoft continues to bulk up its Azure cloud platform, adding a secure key vault for protecting… cloud-scale capabilities," said Corey Sanders, Microsoft partner director of Azure program management…
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2015 IT Data Centre Infrastructure Convergence Predictions

Major IT system vendors Cisco, EMC/ VCE, HP, Dell, and IBM will broaden their infrastructure portfolio to include hyper-converged solutions. recognized this with Windows Azure Pack as part of CPS (Cloud platform system) for on-premise Azure
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Is Your Application Delivery Approach Optimized to Meet the Needs of Your Globally Distributed User Base?

The rapid growth of mobile device usage in the enterprise, global expansion, and cloud adoption are moving applications and their associated connectivity outside of traditional WAN-connected corporate sites. Download this whitepaper to explore the challenges and solutions regarding the delivery of cloud-based apps hosted in enterprise data centers. infrastructure service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and salesforce.com have introduced…
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Cirque du Soleil: Setting up a supplier network for a travelling show

The world-renowned circus tour is modernising its business processes behind-the-scenes with cloud-based applications to allow it to source materials locally while on the road, manage its international finances and allow its IT team to focus on business problems, not plumbing. is developing a Microsoft Azure platform that integrates its SAP Ariba, Concur and Success Factors…
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Microsoft and Dell change the private/hybrid cloud game with on-premise Azure

Microsoft quietly slipped in what looks like a potential game-changing announcement in the private/hybrid cloud world when, at TechEd, they rolled out Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS), an integrated hardware/software system that combines an Azure-consistent on premise cloud with an optimized hardware stack from Dell. hardware/software system that combines an Azure-consistent on premise cloud with an optimized hardware… different about this one? In a word – Azure. OpenStack is still struggling for enterprise credibility… pursuing private and public cloud market share, but are still a work in progress. Azure, on the other hand…
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Microsoft Azure thrown out of gear during a performance update

A service interruption on Azure storage services late Tuesday was caused by Microsoft's attempts to roll out a performance update that had been earlier tested for several weeks. Microsoft detailed the cause of Azure service interruptions that continued through Wednesday for… A service interruption on Azure storage services late Tuesday was caused by Microsoft's attempts to… part of the update to Azure Storage that resulted in reduced capacity across services using Azure
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Microsoft adopts international standard for cloud privacy

Microsoft has adopted a new standard for cloud privacy that commits the company to protect the privacy of customers' data, not to use it for advertisement purposes, and to inform the customer of legal requests for personal data. Online, in addition to Microsoft Azure, are in line with the standard's code for the protection of…
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Microsoft (hearts) Linux, for Azure's sake

Microsoft now loves Linux. Microsoft adds CoreOS and Cloudera to its growing set of Azure services… of services it had added to its Azure cloud, including the Cloudera Hadoop package and the Core… planning to release an Azure appliance, in conjunction with Dell, that will allow organizations to run…
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Azure services down again

Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, wobbly for more than a week, is again experiencing outages and interruptions that are impacting multiple products in the U.S. and abroad. Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform, wobbly for more than a week, is again experiencing… Services, Virtual Machines and Websites, according to information posted by Microsoft on its Azure status… .For example, at that time Cloud Services, where customers build, deploy and manage apps on the Azure cloud…
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BitYota cloud data warehouse gets a boost from Microsoft Azure

Hoping to enlarge its pool of corporate customers to include the enterprise market, startup BitYota will soon offer its data warehouse service on the Microsoft Azure cloud, thanks to a partnership between the two companies. Yota will soon offer its data warehouse service on the Microsoft Azure cloud, thanks to a partnership… its Azure channel, Microsoft will also aid BitYota in optimizing its software so it runs as smoothly… as possible onto the Azure platform. Unlike AWS, Microsoft does not yet have a full-fledged, in…
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HP talks cloud delivery options, OpenStack, how it competes on price

Bill Hilf, Senior Vice President of Product and Service Management for HP Cloud and former General Manager of Product Management for Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform spells out his new company's strategy. role as General Manager of Product Management for Windows Azure, Microsoft's cloud platform. From… as a natural landing spot for ESX workloads, and Microsoft Azure is a natural spot for Hyper-V and… if they're a Microsoft loyalist or not, and for those customers, the Azure story is compelling. And…
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Q&A: Meet Microsoft's new Azure CTO, Mark Russinovich

Earlier this month, Microsoft quietly appointed software architect Mark Russinovich as chief technology officer for its Azure cloud computing platform, formalizing a role he's been executing for the past several years. technology officer for its Azure cloud computing platform, formalizing a role he's been executing for the… the gears at Azure, it must be O.K.Russinovich has long been one of the most popular speakers at… -emerging cloud practice, Azure, which is now becoming a cornerstone in the company's business strategy…
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Cloud analytics boom showns no sign of slowing

It's no secret that cloud computing and data analytics are both rapidly growing areas of IT. Put them together, and you get a winning combination that's expected to grow by more than 26 percent annually over the next five years. . "People are not spending money on data centers or data warehouses when they can just stick to Azure
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