Here you will find a quick synopsis of all news from Microsoft’s Cloud Platform organization as it is released with links to additional information.
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Forrester Research, Inc. has positioned Microsoft as a Leader in The Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Business Intelligence Platforms, Q4 2013. Forrester analyst Boris Evelson notes in the report that “While many BI platform features are becoming commoditized, it’s not the individual capabilities that differentiate the Leaders, but rather the completeness, comprehensiveness, and integration of the entire BI architectural stack.
Several prior research studies have looked at the benefits of any point investment in big data and business analytics over no investment at all. Recognizing that a growing number of organizations have already invested in a base level of business analytics technology and capabilities, IDC set out to identify the difference between those organization and others that have invested in using more diverse data types and source, more diverse analytical tools and methods, and in distributing information to more diverse audience of end user types – at the right time.
NetApp and Cisco Attain Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Validation for FlexPod Architecture with Support for SMB 3.0; Microsoft Joins FlexPod Cooperative Support Model
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V and System Center 2012 were designed to enable customers to create and manage highly scalable, highly virtualized environments on premises, in the Windows Azure cloud, with a hosted solution provider, or in a hybrid cloud infrastructure.
Microsoft Releases Power BI for Office 365
Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365, a cloud-based business intelligence service that gives people a powerful new way to work with data in the tools they use every day, Excel and Office 365.
Once again, Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2014 Magic Quadrant for Business Intelligence and Analytics Platforms, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the BI and analytics market. Gartner forecasts that the BI platform market will have grown into a $14.1 billion market in 2013.
Hot on the heels of February’s release of Power BI for Office 365 - today, Microsoft released a public preview of Power BI connectivity to SAP BusinessObjects. The joint BI interoperability solution was announced and demoed during a session at the SharePoint Conference by Eron Kelly, General Manager of SQL Server Marketing at Microsoft and Jayne Landry, Global Vice President and General Manager of BI for SAP.
During ISIT 2014, the IEEE International Symposium on Information Theory awarded its top prize to Erasure Coding in Windows Azure Storage—an associated systems paper written by Microsoft’s Cheng Huang, Huseyin Simitci, Yikang Xu, Aaron Ogus, Brad Calder, Parikshit Gopalan, Jin Li, and Sergey Yekhanin—which pointed the way to a new method for achieving more efficient storage in the cloud.
Today, Microsoft announced that SQL Server 2014 is being released to manufacturing (RTM) and will be generally available April 1. SQL Server 2014 delivers a powerful set of capabilities for mission-critical workloads, business intelligence and hybrid cloud.
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Windows Azure renamed to Microsoft Azure
On March 25, 2014, Microsoft announced that Windows Azure will be renamed to Microsoft Azure, effective April 3, 2014.