Cloud Computing

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 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'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).

Microsoft, Citrix Take Partnership to Next Level with Azure Pact

Longtime technology partners Microsoft and Citrix this week unveiled their most extensive collaboration in 25 years.

Microsoft, SAP Ink Cloud Integration Deal

In one of their most extensive collaboration efforts, Microsoft and SAP this week announced a broad partnership to integrate Azure and Office 365 with the SAP HANA data platform.

Microsoft Offers Guidance to Orgs Switching Azure Portals

Organizations moving from the "classic" Azure management portal to the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) portal can now take advantage of newly released resource materials from Microsoft.

Report: Fast-Growing Azure, Google Cloud Still Trail AWS

Despite rivals Microsoft and Google enjoying growth rates well over 100 percent, Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) maintains a solid lead in the cloud infrastructure market with 31 percent worldwide market share.

Microsoft Bolsters Azure IoT with Solair Acquisition

In a move to beef up its emerging Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Microsoft on Tuesday announced the acquisition of 5-year-old Italian startup Solair.

Nadella Hails Office 365 as Key to Microsoft's Platform Growth

During Microsoft's third-quarter earnings call last week, CEO Satya Nadella touted Office 365 as a new cornerstone of Microsoft's embrace-and-extend philosophy that once made Windows the standard for business computing.

Microsoft's Q3 Earnings Miss Despite Surge in Cloud Business

Microsoft's transition to the cloud hit some speed bumps the third quarter of its fiscal 2016.

Microsoft Goes Live with Azure Container Service

Microsoft's Azure Container Service became commercially available on Tuesday, alongside the launch of a new open source project from partner Mesosphere.

Microsoft Prepares Rollout of OneDrive for Business Improvements

Microsoft plans to roll out several enhancements to its OneDrive for Business product over the next couple of months.

5 Things the Cloud Changes for Microsoft Partners

You may have noticed Microsoft (and other cloud providers) usurping traditional partner services like migration. Get used to it.

Microsoft Rolls Out Cloud App Security Service

Microsoft's Cloud App Security service became generally available on Wednesday, enabling customers to track the use of Software-as-as-Service (SaaS) applications within their organization.

Does the Cloud Doom Microsoft MSPs?

The shift to cloud services presents huge challenges to managed services providers (MSPs). Industry experts say the successful MSP of the near future looks very different from the successful MSP of the recent past.

Microsoft Targets Amazon's 'Event-Driven' Computing Service

Microsoft fired another volley against cloud rival Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) at its Build conference last week, announcing the preview release of its new Azure Functions service.

Microsoft Releases Azure Service Fabric, Improves Azure IoT Hub

Microsoft announced several developments related to its Azure cloud computing resources during Build this week.

Dropbox Rides BYOD Wave into the Channel

Since arriving at Dropbox from Microsoft just eight months ago, Thomas Hansen has put in motion a channel program that's on pace to bring on thousands of new resellers and solution integration partners.

Google Joins Microsoft, AWS in Machine Learning Fray

Google this week unveiled its Google Cloud Machine Learning offering, pitting it against machine learning (ML) services from cloud rivals Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS).