SherWeb Show Focuses on Smaller Microsoft Partners' Needs

The SherWeb Accelerate Cloud Summit kicks off this week in Montreal, where it will provide its annual window into the opportunities and challenges facing smaller, Microsoft-focused managed service providers (MSPs).

SherWeb is one of the handful of indirect providers in Microsoft's Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, meaning SherWeb obtains Office 365 and other subscriptions from Microsoft and distributes those subscriptions, along with other services and support, to a large network of smaller CSP partners who work directly with their own customers. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on October 08, 2019 at 12:13 PM0 comments


A Detour in Hyperscale Service Provider Spending?

We're on a slight detour in the steady drive by hyperscale service providers toward ever more compute, storage and networking gear in their datacenters.

The hyperscale service providers are companies like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft and Alphabet, which each are building and expanding dozens of datacenters worldwide to provide public cloud services to business and government customers. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 26, 2019 at 10:46 AM0 comments


Microsoft and Citrix Veteran Tatarinov Moves to Acronis

Longtime Microsoft senior executive and former Citrix president and CEO Kirill Tatarinov has been named executive vice chairman of Acronis, a provider of data protection solutions.

Tatarinov, who has been a member of the Acronis board for the last 10 months, will report to Founder and CEO Serguei Beloussov. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 16, 2019 at 9:30 AM0 comments


Microsoft Touts Internal Use of Red Hat Automation Tool

It's always interesting when Microsoft acknowledges the use of a major third-party product for internal purposes. Microsoft has always tried to offer it all when it comes to software and services -- or at least as much of it as possible.

But later this month, the company will be pulling back the curtain on how it uses Red Hat Ansible Automation in its Fortune 100-class operations. Microsoft will be one of several Red Hat customers speaking at AnsibleFest Atlanta from Sept. 24 to 26. Other customers talking about their Ansible adoption at the show include Datacom, Energy Market Company and Surescripts. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 16, 2019 at 8:11 AM0 comments


Wunderlist App Creator Wants To Buy It Back from Microsoft

In 2015, 6Wunderkinder CEO Christian Reber sold his company to Microsoft for an estimated $100 million to $200 million.

Now, the founder of the company that created the Wunderlist app has a new item on his public to-do list: convince Microsoft to sell the app back to him. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 09, 2019 at 9:38 PM0 comments


VMware Updates Progress of Microsoft Azure Partnership

The VMware partnership with Microsoft to run VMware workloads natively on Microsoft Azure is coming to more datacenters over the next few months.

VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger provided a roadmap update for the partnership on Monday during his keynote at VMworld 2019 in San Francisco. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 26, 2019 at 12:40 PM0 comments


Summer of Ransomware: Security Attacks Hit Cities in Texas, Florida

There's a Texas-sized ransomware problem brewing on the heels of similar incidents in Florida.

The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) on Friday revealed that more than 20 entities, mostly smaller local governments in the state, were impacted by a ransomware attack. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 20, 2019 at 12:49 PM0 comments


The Big Carrot in Windows Server 2008-to-Azure Migrations

Microsoft is offering a big carrot to get organizations to Azure in combination with the stick of Windows Server 2008 end-of-support.

That stick that's feared across the IT landscape is that support is ending for Windows Server 2008 on Jan. 14, 2020. Specifically, Extended Support, which includes security updates, ends that day for Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Hyper-V Server 2008 and Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 08, 2019 at 10:30 AM0 comments


Microsoft, Informatica Unveil Data Warehouse Migration Initiative

Microsoft is investing resources in select customers in a new effort to get more on-premises data warehouses onto the Azure cloud.

Microsoft and Informatica unveiled a migration offer on Tuesday designed to lower the expense and risk of a proof-of-value project to determine the feasibility and advantages of moving a data warehouse to Azure. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on August 06, 2019 at 12:15 PM0 comments


AI Opportunity Is 'Nascent' for Microsoft Partners

If it seems like there's more talk about artificial intelligence (AI) than there is market momentum, that's a feature -- not a bug -- for partners, according to a senior Microsoft executive.

Julia White, the corporate vice president who leads product management for Microsoft's cloud platform, made a big splash at the Microsoft Inspire 2019 partner conference last week with a HoloLens demo involving a hologram translating her keynote into Japanese. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 25, 2019 at 2:57 PM0 comments


Microsoft Inspire 2019 Recap: 11 Key Quotes

Microsoft wrapped up its annual Microsoft Inspire partner conference last week in Las Vegas with a lot of product news, business initiatives and demos.

Here are 11 quotes from the major Corenote addresses at the show that capture key moments showing what Microsoft is up to and where the company and its partners are heading. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 22, 2019 at 1:33 PM0 comments


Microsoft Reports Q4 Earnings Growth on Cloud Strength

Microsoft on Thursday reported earnings per share of $1.37 and a 12% gain in revenues to $33.72 billion for the fourth quarter.

The company's stock rose by more than 1% in after-hours trading on the results, which beat financial analysts' expectations. The earnings number was non-GAAP; the GAAP figure was higher due to a net income tax benefit of $2.6 billion for the quarter. More

Posted by Scott Bekker on July 18, 2019 at 3:05 PM0 comments