Here you will find a quick synopsis of all news from Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise organization as it is released with links to additional information.
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This month Microsoft updated the previews of Power BI for Office 365 and Power Query for Excel. These updates provide customers with more ways to explore, analyze and find insights on their data.
Following this year’s Nobel Prize announcement, Nobel Media’s Nobelprize.org website was inundated with visitors and the organization put their trust in Windows Azure to ensure that everyone could quickly and easily read about and view the event.
Today, Microsoft announced the Cloud OS Network, a worldwide consortium of more than 25 cloud service providers delivering services built on the Microsoft Cloud Platform: Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and the Windows Azure Pack.
Microsoft Expands Windows Azure Service to Brazil
Microsoft announced the expansion of Windows Azure services to Brazil, signifying Microsoft’s continued commitment to growing the global presence of Windows Azure and providing customers with local cloud service options.
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Continuing to deliver on its commitment to offering choice and cost savings as well as the best possible experience for developers, Microsoft announced another wave of updates for Windows Azure this morning. Updates include the general availability of Windows Azure Traffic Manager, Windows Azure BizTalk Services and app access enhancements.
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Windows Azure and SQL Server helping the City of Seattle cut operating costs up to 25%
The City of Seattle, the largest city in the Pacific Northwest and one of the fastest-growing cities in the country, recently implemented a “Smart Building” solution in a handful of large commercial buildings in the city’s downtown area.
App Enables Users to ‘Explore the World Through Sound’ Via Windows Azure
Plenty of apps exist that allow users to share pictures, but what about sound? Foundbite, a Windows Azure customer, empowers users to capture ambient sound happening at the time of a picture or series of pictures, which form afoundbite. Once taken, a foundbite is uploaded to a map, giving users the opportunity to see and hear what’s happening around the world, like the excitement before a football game in Philadelphia or the lashing rain of a monsoon in India. Foundbites can also be posted to a website, Twitter or Facebook, and the app is available on the Windows Phone Store.
Microsoft unveiled a number of updates for Windows Azure over the last week, including general availability of Windows Server 2012 R2 in the Windows Azure image gallery and the release of Windows Azure SDK 2.2.
Today, Microsoft CVP Quentin Clark delivered the keynote to the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) Summit 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina where he announced the availability of SQL Server 2014 CTP2, a near feature complete release which can be downloaded here. He also discussed how Microsoft is helping customers push the boundaries of their business by delivering a data platform that can tackle all types of data and accelerate time to insight by enabling infrastructure to run at the speed of business. This approach is further detailed in a Data Platform Insider Blog, authored by Clark.
This week, Microsoft unveiled a wave of new enterprise products and services to help companies seize the opportunities of cloud computing and several Microsoft partners announced their support.
Today, Microsoft announced enterprise products and services to help companies overcome today’s top IT challenges and seize the opportunities of cloud computing. More information can be found in today’s press release.
In addition, Satya Nadella, head of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise division, talks more about what it takes to be the leading cloud provider in a blog post.
Last week SUSE announced the general availability of SUSE Cloud 2.0, an enterprise-ready OpenStack distribution for building private clouds. This release includes full support for Microsoft Hyper-V, helping customers set up mixed hypervisor private clouds that can be rapidly deployed and easily managed.
Yesterday Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (previously Active Authentication), which helps safeguard access to both data and applications by strengthening traditional sign-in methods, while still providing the simple sign-in that users want. The service supports cloud applications that use Windows Azure Active Directory, as well as on-premises using the Multi-Factor Authentication Server. For custom applications, there’s an SDK available. For more information about the service or to get started, check out the Windows Azure Blog.
Today Microsoft announced the addition of significant new features to the Power BI for Office 365 preview, a self-service business intelligence (BI) service delivered through Office 365 first introduced at the Worldwide Partner Conference in July.
Ubuntu users can now use Juju, an open source project, with its intuitive graphical user interface to design and deploy sophisticated application infrastructure instantly into Windows Azure. With Juju support on Windows Azure, users can deploy more than 100 services (Juju Charms) onto Windows Azure Ubuntu instances. The latest Ubuntu Certified images for all supported Ubuntu releases are currently available on Windows Azure, delivered with fast, highly available local archives to keep users up to date.
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Microsoft previews Windows Azure Cache Service and improves AutoScale
Microsoft has released new capabilities in Windows Azure, including the preview of Windows Azure Cache Service and improvements to AutoScale, which help customers have more control when building applications.
by STB BloggerWhat’s New in R2 Blog Series: PaaS for the Modern WebIn the final installment of the “What’s New in R2” blog series, Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson’s blog highlighted the consistency in Platform as a Service capabilities across private and public clouds to build and run modern applications – particularly web applications.
Deloitte Recognizes Windows Azure Security, Availability and Confidentiality Trust Principles
Microsoft announced that public auditor Deloitte issued a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type 2 report for Windows Azure in security, availability and confidentiality trust principles and an assessment against the Cloud Security Alliance’s (CSA) Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM), a set of security principles designed to help customers choose a cloud provider.
What’s New in R2 Blog Series: Hybrid IT
As part of the ongoing series on “What’s New in R2,” Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson’s blog has been highlighting how Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 can simplify the challenges associated with configuring and operating a hybrid IT environment.
Windows Server 2012 Storage helps customers do more with less
A July 2013 report from ESG Lab found that a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 storage solution can save organizations as much as 50% compared with tradition iSCSI and FC SAN solutions.
What’s New in R2 Blog Series: IaaS Innovations As part of the ongoing series on “What’s New in R2,” Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson’s two-part blog discusses how Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 provide a rich IaaS solution. We’re seeing a significant move to the service provider model where organizations are providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service for their internal business units.
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Windows Azure Updates Increase Performance Predictability of Mission-Critical ApplicationsMicrosoft recently unveiled a number of Windows Azure performance updates as part of its broader commitment to continually improve and evolve the platform to provide the best cloud experience to customers.