Cloud Computing


Microsoft Promises To Raise Azure AD Uptime to 99.99 Percent

Starting April 1, Microsoft plans to increase its service-level agreement (SLA) for Azure Active Directory to "four nines" of uptime -- or 99.99 percent -- each month.

Microsoft Launches Azure Stack HCI

Azure Stack HCI is now generally available from Microsoft, in conjunction with its hardware partners.

After Two-Year Preview, Microsoft Launches Azure Digital Twins

Microsoft's Azure Digital Twins service for modeling physical environments is now generally available over two years after being released as a preview.

Microsoft Announces Milestones for Data Tools Azure Synapse and Azure Purview

Microsoft this week described release milestones for several of its emerging cloud data management products.

Microsoft Extends Azure Hybrid Benefit Licensing to Linux

Microsoft has expanded its Azure Hybrid Benefit licensing program to include Linux servers, particularly Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise servers.

Touting Azure for Operators, Microsoft Joins SDN Standards Group

As part of its Azure for Operators program, Microsoft this week joined a nonprofit standards association that focuses on SDN technologies used by enterprises and service providers.

Microsoft's Azure Space Program Gets 'Modular' Datacenters

Microsoft recently unveiled its new Azure Modular Datacenters, boxcar-like structures that can deliver compute and storage capabilities anywhere on earth.

Remote Work To Drive Higher Cloud, IT Services Spending in 2021

Global tech spending has taken a hit in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but analysts expect it to rebound next year.

Microsoft Touts Arm Partnership on Edge Devices and Azure Tools

Microsoft and Arm are collaborating on Azure developer tools for "intelligent edge devices" that use artificial intelligence, per a Thursday announcement.

IBM Splits Itself in Two

Big Blue is splitting its operations as part of an ongoing effort to become the world's top hybrid cloud and artificial intelligence (AI) provider.

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Microsoft Positions Itself as the Platform of Choice for 5G

As telecom companies begin rolling out 5G services, Microsoft is touting its 5G bona fides, namely Azure support for SDN.

Microsoft Turns to 'AIOps' for Better Azure Outage Announcements

Microsoft is promising to communicate better with organizations dealing with Azure service issues, including being more transparent about Azure service outages.

Microsoft Adds Azure Portal, Teams Client Support to Windows Virtual Desktop

Microsoft this week announced the general availability of two new capabilities in its Windows Virtual Desktop (WVD) service.

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Azure Stack HCI 'Version 20H2' Hits Preview

A revamped Azure Stack HCI product that runs its own operating system, known as "version 20H2," is now available as a preview release.

Report: Microsoft Working on 'Cloud PC,' Another Virtual Desktop Product

Microsoft is reportedly working on another virtual desktop infrastructure solution that's separate from its current Windows Virtual Desktop product and similar services.

Azure and Citrix Workspace Now at Center of Microsoft-Citrix Pact

Citrix will use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud services provider, while Microsoft will promote Citrix Workspace as a "preferred digital workspace solution."

Microsoft's CyberX Acquisition Boosts Security of Azure IoT Lineup

Microsoft this week announced its acquisition of Waltham, Mass.-based CyberX for an undisclosed amount.

Microsoft Acquires ADRM To Boost Azure Data Capabilities

Microsoft is acquiring ADRM Software Inc. for an undisclosed amount and incorporating the entire team into its Microsoft Azure global engineering business.

SAS Taps Microsoft To Be Its Cloud Provider of Choice

SAS Institute Inc. has chosen Microsoft Azure to be its preferred cloud service provider, expanding the two companies' existing partnership.

Deloitte, Wipro and Accenture Among Top MSPs for Cloud's Big 3

A Gartner report identifies the top partners offering assistance to customers of the industry's biggest cloud computing platforms -- namely Azure, AWS and Google.