While cloud services offer us lots of flexility when it comes to to choosing infrastructure and services, and how we pay for them, they are not infallible. There's an outage in progress with two-factor authentication services that's affecting Azure and Office 365 at the moment which highlights the importance of having a reliable Plan B.
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Microsoft has made plenty of high-profile errors over the years. But they have also proven they can adapt quickly when the world around them changes. Those of us with a few grey hairs will remember the late 1990s and Microsoft's bet on the MSN Network. Bill Gates had recently released his book, The Road Ahead, which had to be hurriedly rewritten into a second edition because the first version totally underestimated the impact of the internet.
Two decades later, the company faced a shift to cloud computing and subscription software - direct threats to their server and software cash-cows. But their latest earnings report shows that they have adapted and are thriving again.
Following on from the announcement that Microsoft has opened the new Australia Central regions for Azure, in partnership with CDC, I spoke with the company's CTO for Azure, Mark Russinovich about this and the state of the cloud when it comes to local businesses and government.
GitHub is pretty much the biggest game in town when it comes to sharing software development projects. But it can be challenging to ensure projects are saved without accidentally revealing credentials and other secrets. Microsoft has offered some some advice and tools to help protect against accidentally revealing confidential data.
Microsoft has released a free eBook, The Developer’s Guide to Microsoft Azure for developers looking to create applications that will run on Azure. Although the Azure platform, like AWS and Google's cloud offerings, has been around for a while, that doesn't mean everyone is at the same place when it comes to understanding how to create applications that best take advantage of these new platforms. Books like this are a good way of getting started if you're new or filling gaps you might have in your own knowledge.
Last week, Microsoft announced a solution for customers wanting to run VMware on their Azure platform. Azure Migrate has launched as a free service that discovers all the VMware workloads on your network and migrates them to Microaoft's cloud. But VMware says this is an unsupported solution and customers should be wary.
Anyone who has demoed a technology product or service onstage knows the terror of that moment. You know the one. That time just before you launch into your well rehearsed demonstration where you hope the technology doesn't let you down.
Spare a thought then for Michael Leworthy from Microsoft's Azure Migration Team. While showing off Azure's Site Recovery tech, Everly proved what many people already know - Edge's primary purpose is downloading Chrome.
Microsoft is partnering with Canberra Data Centres to add two new regions to their Azure footprint. The new regions will be dedicated to Australian federal, state and local government, New Zealand government, and their partners in order to overcome concerns of government agencies using public infrastructure for managing Unclassified and Protected government data.
At the Microsoft Inspire conference being held this week, the company announced a number of new products and programs to their global partner network. Office 365 has been bundled with Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Their Surface as a Service program is in Australia and three partners are delivering an on-perm Azure stack for those wanting to run private cloud solutions.
Microsoft has dropped the prices on Dv2 Promo Virtual Machines by between 4% and 7% depending on what region and operating system you choose. According to Brian Hillger, senor director for C + E Business Planning, the idea is to give customers the cost savings of their upcoming hyper-threaded Dv3 VMs prior to launch.
Who doesn't love a game of Buzzword Bingo? It seems that the folks in Redmond are keen to win, launching a new cloud-based SaaS for managing IoT devices. Microsoft IoT Central that claims it will reduce the complexity of IoT deployments.
Desktop as a Service poses an existential threat to traditional VDI providers so it's not surprising Citrix is getting on board with leveraging cloud services as the delivery vehicle for their software. XenDesktop Essentials is a subscription service that allows companies to deliver and manage Windows 10 Enterprise without the need to deploy a bunch of on-prem infrastructure.
In August Microsoft launched a preview of an offering on its Azure public cloud platform that supports high-performance computing (HPC). Called Azure N-Series, the virtual machines are powered by NVIDIA GPUs and are already being used by Open AI, a non-profit artificial intelligence (AI) research organisation co-founded by Elon Musk.
Today at the Microsoft Australia Developer Conference in Sydney, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that developers will be able to make use of N-series virtual machines on Azure to run compute intensive workloads in the cloud. This means even small developer operations can have access to technology that is traditionally reserved for large enterprises. Here's what you need to know.
Microsoft has announced that it has discounted the prices of some of its popular virtual machine (VM) instances on its Azure public cloud platform. Here's a breakdown of Azure VM prices in Australia right now.
Microsoft Ignite 2016 has begun in Atlanta over in the US and the keynote was held earlier today. As the countdown reached zero, Microsoft general manager for cloud platorm Julia White entered to redefine IT as innovation and transformation before introducing Scott Guthrie, Executive VP of Microsoft . With a focus on how new technology enables digital transformation, he described how a number of global companies have transitioned to Microsoft cloud services. Read on to find out more.
Open source container platform Docker has kicked off its private beta program for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure. You can already use Docker through the two public cloud platforms but the company has made it easier to deploy Docker Engine on them through tight integration with AWS and Microsoft Azure infrastructure services. Additionally, Docker for Windows and Mac, which was previously in private beta, has now been made publicly available. Here's what you need to know.
Microsoft has brought in offerings to its public cloud platform Azure to support hybrid cloud deployments. One of these offerings feature SQL Stretch Database, which allows customers to dynamically stretch on-premise data to Azure which, according to Microsoft, makes for "virtually endless compute capacity and storage". Here are the details.
Microsoft is once again stepping up its game in the Linux business as it starts to sell Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) licences for its Azure public cloud platform. Here's what you need to know.