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Channeling the Cloud


Azure Stack Was Microsoft's Summer Surprise

Microsoft's announcement of a more restrictive deployment model for Azure Stack, in addition to its delayed release, has left lots of partners scrambling.

On Citrix Going 'All In' with Microsoft in Cloud

Given Citrix's history with Microsoft and its decision to tap a former Microsoft president as its new CEO, it should come as little surprise the company is borrowing from Microsoft's script.

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.

With Machine Learning, Microsoft Takes Holistic Approach to Security

CEO Satya Nadella's $1 billion security initiative yields fruit with the Azure Security Center, powered by the technology behind Azure Machine Learning.

For Microsoft Partners, Are Box and Dropbox Rivals or Opportunities?

Redmond's cloud storage frenemies continue to deepen their integration with Microsoft even as they beef up their own services.

With CPS, Microsoft Tests Demand for Cloud-in-a-Box

Microsoft's new CPS Standard systems will likely test the mood among partners and organizations for turnkey on-premises Azure appliances.

Microsoft, Others Eyeing Cloud-Based ID Management

The burgeoning "ID Management as a Service" market represents an important opportunity for IT solutions providers.

Enterprise Mobility Suite Emerges as Microsoft's 'Hottest' Product

Though EMS is still relatively new, Microsoft is touting the mobility management offering as a major competitor of established solutions from Citrix, IBM and VMware.

With Azure Stack, Microsoft Tries To Correct What Cloud OS Got Wrong

Introduced at Ignite, Azure Stack substantially advances the old Cloud OS Azure Pack by allowing organizations to build cloud infrastructures that truly mirror the experience of the Azure public cloud.

Microsoft Charts Course Toward Containers, Cloud Computing's Next Frontier

Perhaps you've heard the buzz about containers and how they're poised to become the next big thing in cloud computing.

New Azure Releases Make It Easier for Partners To Sell Microsoft's Cloud

From security to storage to identity management, the recent raft of new Azure services gives Microsoft partners multiple ways to meet today's business requirements.

Microsoft Gives Its Cloud-in-a-Box Vision a Second Try

The first Azure appliance debuted to much fanfare at the 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference, only to fade from the spotlight almost immediately after. Four years later, Microsoft is reviving its earlier plans with the new Cloud Platform System.

Microsoft Tries Harder with Amazon-to-Azure Migrations

With the debut of Azure Migration Accelerator, Microsoft has fired another volley against cloud leader Amazon Web Services.

Microsoft Readies Azure for 'Disaster Recovery as a Service' Boom

Starting with its acquisition of InMage this summer, Microsoft has been taking steps to position Azure as a major provider of disaster recovery services in the cloud.

Microsoft Evolves Azure and Office 365 for New Age of Security Threats

With cloud computing at the center of recent high-profile security breaches and the NSA spying revelations, providers like Microsoft have been feeling pressure from customers to lock down their data.

Microsoft Brings Azure into Focus for Partners

From Azure RemoteApp to ExpressRoute, the new features Microsoft introduced at TechEd give partners new ways to leverage Azure to develop and sell new services.

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.

The Death of Exchange Server 2003: What Will Take Its Place?

With Microsoft's aging e-mail server set to lose extended support on April 8, organizations have a host of options -- both on-premises and in the cloud -- to migrate to.

SharePoint's Path to the Cloud Is Not a Straight Shot

Few dispute that SharePoint in the cloud is the future. The challenge for partners and customers is determining the best path to get there.

How Microsoft Missed the Cloud Forecast Under Ballmer

The outgoing Microsoft CEO gave his "all in" cloud mandate over three years ago, but entrenched players like Amazon Web Services and Google have left Microsoft fighting to secure a foothold for its own cloud services.

Microsoft's Cloud Partners Face Hard Questions After PRISM Scandal

The recent revelations about the depth of the NSA's surveillance program are dragging old questions about cloud privacy back to the forefront.

Microsoft, HP, VMware and Rackspace: The War of the Cloud OSes

With the cloud landscape growing more crowded, the upcoming Windows Azure Pack could be what raises Microsoft's Cloud OS above the fray.

Microsoft Ready for Cloud Battle with Amazon

Nearly a year after disclosing plans to take on Amazon Web Services in the cloud, Microsoft Windows Azure Infrastructure Services is now available.

IBM Gives OpenStack Ecosystem a Major Boost

IBM has thrown its weight behind the OpenStack project, joining the likes of heavyweights HP, Intel, Cisco and Dell.

Microsoft Wants You To Become a Cloud Provider

You've heard the warnings before, but they're ringing true: If you're not able to provide value-added services, you're probably not going to profit from your relationship with Microsoft.