Cloud Computing

Microsoft's Customer-Facing Authentication Service Goes Live

Microsoft on Wednesday launched a new identity and access management service for organizations that develop customer-facing applications.

Microsoft Launches Azure Security Center

Microsoft's Azure Security Center, designed to protect virtual machines and other elements that a tenant may use when tapping Azure datacenter infrastructure, reached general availability on Thursday.

Microsoft Wins Appeal over Foreign Data Search Warrants

A ruling issued against Microsoft two years ago ordering the company to turn over the contents of e-mails stored in an offshore datacenter has been overturned by a federal appeals court.

5 Big Cloud Reveals from ISVs at WPC 2016

BitTitan, Dropbox, StorageCraft, Independence IT, Infinite Ops and SkyKick are among third-party vendors updating their cloud-related tools in Toronto.

Microsoft Azure Information Protection Hits Public Preview

The new Azure Information Protection solution, which extends the security capabilities of Microsoft's Azure Rights Management Service (RMS), is now available as a public preview release.

Azure SQL Data Warehouse Hits General Availability

Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft's elastic cloud computing platform, became generally available on Tuesday.

Microsoft Delays Azure Stack as It Changes Its Delivery Model

Initially expected to be released by the end of this year, Azure Stack will instead become generally available in mid-2017, Microsoft said on Tuesday.

Microsoft Exec Backs EU-U.S. 'Privacy Shield' for Data Transfers

A new European Union-United States Privacy Shield agreement, announced by the European Commission on July 12, has the support of Microsoft's top government executive in the EU.

With GE Deal, Microsoft Becomes the Latest Predix Partner

Microsoft and General Electric (GE) on Monday unveiled a strategic partnership that will drive connections between GE's year-old Predix cloud platform for collecting and analyzing industrial data and Microsoft's various enterprise cloud applications.

Microsoft Fuses CRM, ERP Products in 'Dynamics 365' Cloud Suite

Microsoft is readying a new cloud solution that combines its Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM line-of-business products, the company announced Wednesday.

Direct, Indirect or Referral: What Microsoft CSP Flavor Works for You?

Microsoft partners must answer some hard questions to determine which of Microsoft's CSP offerings fits their model best.

Microsoft, Amazon Clouds Get Highest-Level Gov't Approval

The Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS) public clouds are now certified to run highly sensitive workloads from government agencies.

Microsoft Readies Azure Information Protection Service

A new security service for Microsoft's Azure platform will hit preview next month and become generally available later this year, Microsoft announced Wednesday.

Microsoft Adds Nutanix to Cloud Platform System Roster

Microsoft solution provider Nutanix has joined Dell and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) in delivering solutions based on Microsoft's Azure Cloud Platform System (CPS).

For Microsoft Partners, Opportunity in Cloud Variety

The future of computing will involve some combination of public clouds, private clouds or hosting facilities managed by third parties. Whatever the deployment type, there's a role for partners.

Microsoft Unveils F-Series Azure Virtual Machines

Microsoft recently took the wraps off its new Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) F-Series, aimed at organizations running "gaming servers, Web servers and batch processing."

Microsoft Opens Up About Protecting Data Privacy in the Cloud

Microsoft gets an average of 70,000 requests a year from governments worldwide that are seeking information about Microsoft's business and consumer customers.

Microsoft Partners Weigh Azure Pack vs. Azure Stack

Microsoft partners are evaluating whether the Windows Server 2016 generation Azure Stack improves enough upon the Windows Server 2012-era Windows Azure Pack to meet customers' demands for private or hybrid cloud solutions.

Microsoft's Partner Competency Changes Signal End of an Era

Microsoft has long favored its licensing partners -- until now. The upcoming retirement of a dozen MPN competencies, including Volume Licensing, marks a turning point in how Microsoft does business through the channel.

Microsoft Helps Orgs Move Their SQL Licenses to Azure

Companies with Enterprise Agreements (EAs) can now use prebuilt images to move their existing SQL Server licenses to Azure Virtual Machines (VMs).