Cloud Computing

Microsoft Unveils Azure RemoteApp, Releases ExpressRoute at TechEd

Microsoft's "cloud-first, mobile-first" vision took the spotlight during Monday's opening keynote of the annual TechEd conference, taking place throughout this week in Houston.

Cloud-Based Database Backup and Disaster Recovery Gaining Steam

A Microsoft-sponsored study indicates that businesses are showing growing interest in cloud-based services for database backup and disaster recovery scenarios.

Major Cloud Players Are Jumping on the DaaS Wagon

The Desktop as a Service (DaaS) field is rife with opportunity for partners and tech giants like Amazon Web Services and VMware.

Microsoft Acquires Cloud Company GreenButton

Microsoft has acquired GreenButton, a New Zealand-based provider of cloud integration solutions, for an undisclosed amount.

Microsoft Describes 'Internet of Things' Vision, Issues Azure ISS Limited Preview

As part of Microsoft's "Internet of things" (IoT) vision, the company this month announced a limited public preview of its Azure Intelligent Systems Service (ISS).

The Cloud Boom and the Rise of Hybrid Solution Providers

As megavendors build datacenters to support their cloud visions, they're wooing solution providers that can connect customers' on-premises systems to the new cloud platforms.

Windows Intune Update Released, Adds Windows Phone 8.1 Support

The next update to Windows Intune, Microsoft's cloud-enabled device management product, began rolling out this week.

Microsoft Boosts OneDrive for Business Storage to 1TB

OneDrive for Business clients will see an increase in their default storage capacity from 25 GB to 1 terabyte (TB) "over the next few months," Microsoft said on Tuesday.

Microsoft Azure SQL Database Getting More Service Tiers

Microsoft is adding new preview service tiers to Microsoft Azure SQL Database, the company said on Thursday.

Microsoft Azure AD Synchronization Features Hit Preview Stage

Two Microsoft Azure Active Directory synchronization features were released as "previews" this week.

Microsoft Identity Manager Coming in First Half of 2015

The next release of Microsoft's Forefront Identity Manager product will be renamed "Microsoft Identity Manager," and will be released by mid-2015, Microsoft announced Wednesday.

Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Launches as Preview via Equinix

Redwood City, Calif.-based Equinix Inc., a provider of space, power and interconnection products and services for companies, is adding Microsoft's Azure ExpressRoute technology to its datacenters worldwide.

Microsoft Azure Automation Feature Launches as Preview

A new automation feature for managing Microsoft Azure workloads became available as a preview on Tuesday.

Microsoft Azure, Office 365 Get EU Privacy Approval

Some of Microsoft's cloud-based services have been endorsed by the European Union's Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) as meeting EU privacy law standards.

Verizon, BT To Offer 'Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute' in Summer

Verizon and BT will support the Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute service starting this summer, enabling customers of the two telecom service providers to use their specialized connection service offerings to access various Azure services without connecting to the public Internet.

Google Unveils Software-Defined Networking Technology

Google this week unveiled "Andromeda," the code name for its new software-defined networking (SDN) technology that is powering its internal services.

Microsoft, Amazon Trade Volleys in Cloud Price Wars

In response to Amazon's recent round of cloud compute and storage price cuts, Microsoft on Monday slashed the rates for its Window Azure -- soon to be Microsoft Azure -- cloud service.

Windows Azure Becomes Generally Available in China

Microsoft on Wednesday launched its Windows Azure cloud platform in China, making it the first multinational company to offer public cloud services in the country.

Microsoft Unveils Office for iPad, Enterprise Mobility Suite

Fifty-two days after taking the role of CEO at Microsoft, Satya Nadella detailed his "mobile first, cloud first" vision, as well as announced some new products, including Office for iPad and new licensing for organizations managing mobile devices.

Windows Azure To Become 'Microsoft Azure' Next Month

Effective April 3, Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform will be officially be called "Microsoft Azure."