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Posted by Colette StallbaumerDirector, Worldwide Marketing and Operations
Earlier this month, Microsoft announced plans to release an additional limited customer preview of the Apache Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure in the first half of 2012. Since the first limited preview was released in December, customers such as Webtrends and the University of Dundee have been using the service to glean simple, actionable insights from complex data sets hosted in the cloud. Given the escalating demand, the preview is expanding from 400 to nearly 2000 invitation codes.
Check out the STB Newsbytes blog for more details on new features included in the expanded preview. Interested in signing up? Visit http://www.hadooponazure.com to register.
Last week, Microsoft’s Bill Laing, Corporate VP of Server and Cloud, announced the availability of Windows Server “8” Beta. This is exciting news for IT managers looking for a scalable web platform and the ability to build, deploy, and support hybrid applications that can run on-premises or in the cloud. This release showcases Windows Server "8" Beta as an open web and app development environment that enables mission-critical applications and enhanced support for open standards, open source applications, and various development languages.
Check out the Windows Server “8” Beta site to learn more and let us know how it could support your mixed IT environment.
An interesting new study from analyst firm IDC found that spending on public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide from 2011 to 2015. The Microsoft-commissioned study also found that IT innovation created by cloud computing could produce $1.1 trillion a year in new business revenues. This is a further demonstration of how the efficiencies and benefits gained from the cloud will free up resources so that companies can focus on growth and hire new employees in roles such as sales, finance, production and marketing. This infographic breaks down job creation by country. The Open in the Cloud section of our website offers more on how the combination of Microsoft and open source tools are enabling some of the innovation leading to this growth. How have you helped build your business using the cloud?
Over the past several years, Microsoft and its partners have worked diligently with the PHP community to improve the experience PHP developers and users have on Windows Server and Windows Azure. Now the PHP community supports Windows right alongside Linux, and this continues with today’s release of PHP 5.4.0. We talked with René de Haas, CEO of a Dutch webhosting company called SoHosted, a partner who has been instrumental in improving the PHP on Windows experience.