Cloud Computing


Google Cloud Boosts Support for Windows, Active Directory and SQL Server

Organizations running Windows and other Microsoft applications can now take advantage of improved integrations with the Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

Microsoft Releases Azure Data Box Edge and Gateway

Azure Data Box Edge and Azure Data Box Gateway are now generally available, Microsoft announced this week.

Microsoft Primes Azure Stack for Hyperconvergence

A new addition to Microsoft's Azure Stack product line brings hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) capabilities to its "Azure in a box" solution, the company announced this week.

Microsoft Launches Azure Backup for SQL Server

Microsoft's Azure Backup for SQL Server solution, which is used to backup SQL Server when the relational database management system is housed on Azure datacenter virtual machines, became generally available this week.

Microsoft Introduces Azure Sphere 'Guardian Modules' for Older IoT Devices

Microsoft described a new mechanism this week called "Guardian Modules" that enables the use of microcontroller units to secure connections for older Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Microsoft Releases Azure DevOps Server 2019

Azure DevOps Server 2019, Microsoft's rebranded successor to Team Foundation Server 2018, became generally available on Tuesday after being at the Release Candidate 2 test stage since January.

OneDrive To Become Office 365's Default 'Save' Location

Starting as early as next month, Microsoft plans to change Office 365's default document-saving behavior to OneDrive and OneDrive for Business folder locations.

'One-Time Passcodes' for Azure AD B2B Hits Preview

A new feature in Microsoft's Azure Active Directory Business to Business (B2B) service enables organizations to grant outside partners access to their internal network resources.

Azure DevOps Server 2019 Nears Final Release

Microsoft's Azure DevOps Server 2019 product, which succeeds Team Foundation Server 2018, is now available as Release Candidate 2 (RC2).

Cloud IT Spending Has Outpaced 'Traditional IT' Spending

Revenues from IT infrastructure products sold to cloud service providers have surpassed revenues from traditional IT infrastructure sales "for the first time," according to a recently published report by IDC.

Partners Sidelined in New 'Microsoft Customer Agreement' Model for Azure

Microsoft's new approach for getting organizations to purchase Azure services appears to put its partners at a disadvantage.

Microsoft Dropping Azure Container Service in 2020

Microsoft's Azure Container Service (ACS), which commercially launched more than two years ago, will fall out of support on Jan. 31, 2020, according to a Microsoft post earlier this month.

Microsoft, Docker Collaborate on 'CNAB' Spec for Distributed Apps

To help organizations that build and maintain distributed applications, Microsoft and Docker this week launched a new specification called Cloud Native Application Bundles (CNAB).

Microsoft Bringing Azure Portal Account Manager to More Services

Microsoft's new "account manager" multiple sign-in capability will be available across various Microsoft online services sometime next year, the company said this week.

Microsoft Spotlights Partner IoT Efforts Around 'Smart Cities'

Microsoft recently put the spotlight on several of its partners that are at the forefront of the "smart cities" movement through their use of Azure's Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities.

Improvements Coming to Azure SQL, SQL Server 2019 Preview

A raft of improvements are coming to Microsoft's database products, including migration support to Azure SQL Database, Apache Kafka Support on Azure Event Hubs, Azure SQL Data Warehouse improvements and yet another preview of the coming SQL Server 2019 product.

Microsoft Enables Group-Based Azure AD Licensing

Organizations can now license Azure Active Directory by group, Microsoft announced Friday.

Microsoft Expert Makes Case Against Typical Multicloud Strategies

A Microsoft expert questioned the use of "third-party" multicloud management tools over cloud-native solutions.

Azure Gets More Availability Zones, DevOps Improvements

Microsoft is bringing a few notable enhancements to its Azure cloud, according to announcements this week.

After Partner Pilots, Azure Digital Twins Hits Public Preview

Azure Digital Twins, a new Microsoft platform for representing buildings and outdoor spaces, is now in the public preview stage.

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