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Microsoft Launches Azure Premium Storage, Other Improvements

Microsoft recently unveiled a number of improvements to its Azure cloud platform, including a premium storage service and a streaming analytics service.

Microsoft Charts Course Toward Containers, Cloud Computing's Next Frontier

Perhaps you've heard the buzz about containers and how they're poised to become the next big thing in cloud computing.

Delivering Disaster Recovery as a Service: What Partners Should Consider

Many partners are looking to become DRaaS providers and there are many ways to provide disaster recovery services. Find the delivery approach that works for you.

A Brave New World of Partner Billing in the Cloud

There are now almost as many ways to bill for the cloud services that partners deliver to customers as there are cloud services.

Microsoft Brings Dropbox Integration to Office Online Apps

As of Thursday, all users of Microsoft's Office Online Apps, including Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint and Word, can now access files stored on Dropbox servers.

Microsoft Aims for Quarterly Updates to Its 'Cloud-in-a-Box'

Enterprise and service provider customers running Microsoft's Cloud Platform System (CPS) will receive software updates on a "predictable quarterly cadence," Microsoft said recently.

StorageCraft's Growth Plan: Think Globally, Act Locally

While sticking to its roots in fast, local backup and recovery, Utah-based StorageCraft is investing aggressively in heavy-duty cloud disaster protection solutions and expanding its global footprint.

Microsoft Updates Azure, Unveils 'Availability on Demand' Service

Microsoft on Thursday announced improvements to Azure centering around backup and disaster recovery, as well as took the wraps off a new service called "Availability on Demand for Azure."

Microsoft Bundles 3 Separate Azure Services into Single Suite

Microsoft on Tuesday announced it was packaging three of its Azure services -- Azure Websites, Mobile Services and BizTalk Services -- into a single offering aimed at business decision makers and developers.

Microsoft To Launch ExpressRoute for Office 365 in Q3

Microsoft on Tuesday said it is expanding its ExpressRoute service to enable secure connections to Office 365 services later this year.

Microsoft To Optimize Windows 10 and Azure for 'Internet of Things'

Microsoft on Monday talked up its "Internet of Things" (IoT) vision, and the roles that its Azure and Windows products will play in it.

In the Cloud and IP Era, Partners Rethink the Role of Salespeople

As the channel shifts further and further away from selling products, customers tell us more and more how they don't want to talk with salespeople anymore.

Cisco Taps Microsoft Azure for Its Cloud Partner Program

Microsoft and Cisco on Wednesday announced a joint effort aimed at letting Cisco's cloud service provider partners easily access Microsoft Azure cloud computing resources.

New Azure Releases Make It Easier for Partners To Sell Microsoft's Cloud

From security to storage to identity management, the recent raft of new Azure services gives Microsoft partners multiple ways to meet today's business requirements.

Microsoft Azure Machine Learning Hits General Availability

Microsoft's browser-based predictive analytics service, Azure Machine Learning (ML), is now generally available, the company announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft Adds Storage Options to Office Apps, Launches Cloud Storage Partner Program

Microsoft this week added more cloud-based storage options to its mobile Office apps, as well as kicked off a new partner program that's aimed at improving the Office Online experience.

Windows Server vNext To Be Optimized for Cloud

Microsoft will be adding "deep refactoring" architectural changes to the next version of Windows Server, code-named "vNext," that are aimed at cloud scenarios.

Microsoft Publishes Status Page for Cloud Platform Products

Microsoft unveiled a "cloud platform roadmap" late last week, a Web site that aims to provide information about the readiness of its various server and cloud software development efforts.

Dynamics CRM Online Partners Get Direct Billing Option

On Monday, Microsoft made Dynamics CRM Online available under Open Licensing, an option that gives partners greater control over the billing and bundling of the cloud services they sell to customers.

AWS Challenges Microsoft and Google with Enterprise E-Mail Service

Cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday launched a new enterprise e-mail service called Amazon WorkMail, pitting it against cloud rivals Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.