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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Microsoft Named a Leader in Gartner’s 2013 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure
Gartner positioned Microsoft in the Leaders' Quadrant in the June 2013 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure.
Windows Azure Mobile Services and Windows Azure Web Sites Generally Available
Today, on Day 2 of Build 2013 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, Satya Nadella, president, Server & Tools Business, took the stage to announce general availability of Windows Azure Mobile Services, which makes it easy for developers to build connected Windows, Android and iOS apps that scale.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV and Microsoft Dynamics GP Available on Windows Azure
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 customers can now take advantage of easy to use, quick to implement business solutions in a secure, enterprise-class cloud infrastructure hosted on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Multi-Factor Authentication Comes to Windows Azure
Microsoft has announced the preview of a new service, code named Active Authentication, that enables multi-factor authentication for Windows Azure Active Directory identities. The new service will help secure access to Office 365, Windows Azure, Windows Intune, and Dynamics CRM Online, as well as many apps that are integrated with Windows Azure AD.
Insurance business drives success with Windows Azure
To better understand its customers and help them save money, Aviva, a leading provider of financial services worldwide, implemented a hybrid-cloud solution based on Windows Azure that brings together data from mobile devices, on-premises applications, and social media.
This morning at TechEd North America in New Orleans, Microsoft Server and Tools (STB) Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson delivered the opening keynote, demonstrating how Microsoft’s new portfolio of solutions will help businesses thrive in the era of cloud computing and connected devices. The keynote featured enterprise customers such as Aston Martin and EasyJet.
Delivering Threat Intelligence via the Cloud
The Spanish Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) became one of the first organizations to join the new Windows Azure-based Cyber Threat Intelligence Program (C-TIP).
AMQP 1.0 Support in Windows Azure Service Bus Reaches General Availability
Microsoft demonstrated its commitment to an open, interoperable ecosystem for AMQP, a secure, reliable, and open binary protocol for business messaging, with the transition of AMQP 1.0 support in Windows Azure Service Bus from Preview to General Availability.
Today, Hortonworks announced the general availability of the Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for Windows, the industry’s first 100 percent open source Apache Hadoop-based distribution for Windows. Microsoft has been working with Hortonworks as part of its approach to big data, and HDP for Windows is a direct result of this joint engineering partnership.
Today, Newvem launched their SaaS-based analytics service for Windows Azure, offering customers visibility into Windows Azure usage and consumption.
Improve the Bottom Line by Switching to SQL Server
Switching to SQL Server from Oracle and SAP has given three more companies measurable benefits, including millions of dollars in ROI, cost savings, and broader employee use of BI solutions to gain business insights.
Announcing the Release of Windows Azure SDK 2.0 for .NETMicrosoft enables customers to build even better cloud solutions with the release of Windows Azure SDK v2.0 for .NET.
Microsoft served as a main sponsor for the 2013 Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco. During a keynote address on Tuesday with its alliance partner SUSE, Microsoft’s Open Solutions Group announced Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V support for SUSE Cloud.
Customers Create New, Amazing Solutions with Windows Azure
Windows Azure lets customers push the boundaries of technology to create winning business solutions. Here are some examples of customers doing amazing things with Windows Azure.
Windows Azure Introduces Infrastructure Services, Commitment to Match Amazon Pricing
Windows Azure Infrastructure Services advances the industry by enabling an unmatched ability to combine on-premises, private cloud, and public cloud technology. Not only does Windows Azure Infrastructure Services let customers make the best cloud choice for their business, but Microsoft will match Amazon Web Services’ prices for commodity services such as compute, storage, and bandwidth.
Microsoft Teams up with NBC Sports Group
Beginning this summer, sports fans will be able to watch more than 5,000 hours of some of the biggest sporting events across NBC Sports’ digital platforms, powered by Windows Azure Media Services.
Today at the PASS Business Analytics Conference in Chicago, Microsoft disclosed a public preview of project codename “GeoFlow” for Excel, which is now available for download as an Excel add-in here.
Last year, EMC introduced VSPEX Proven Infrastructure, delivering a simple, efficient and flexible reference architecture-based cloud infrastructure to customers.
Brad Anderson, corporate vice president in Microsoft’s Windows Server and System Center Group, took the stage this morning to kick-off the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas.
Startups Can Benefit from Access to Windows AzureTo help early-stage startups succeed, Microsoft introduced the next class of startups in the Microsoft Accelerator for Windows Azure, powered by TechStars.
Get a 360-view of Web Applications with Global Service Monitor
Identify and address issues fast by getting a 360-degree view of the health of web applications. Global Service Monitor (GSM), a Windows Azure-based service that extends the application monitoring capabilities in System Center 2012 SP1 provides this functionality and is now commercially available.
HP announced the HP AppSystem for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse, a comprehensive data warehouse solution jointly engineered with Microsoft,
Microsoft Wins 17 CRN Channel Champion Awards
Microsoft’s commitment to working with partners to deliver solutions that meet joint customers’ needs was acknowledged as CRN announced the winners of its annual Channel Champions survey. The survey included over 4,000 solution providers that rated technology vendors on overall satisfaction, technical satisfaction, support and financial value. Microsoft was honored with 17 awards in six categories including Systems and Network Management, Business Analytics, and Server and Desktop Virtualization.
Today, Microsoft announced that Windows Azure HDInsight Service – the company’s cloud-based distribution of Hadoop – is now available as a standard preview service through the Windows Azure Portal. Windows Azure HDInsight Service builds on top of the Hortonworks Data Platform to ensure full compatibility with Apache Hadoop while providing customers with the low cost and elasticity of cloud computing.