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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Take a Look at Who’s Developing on Windows Azure
People are doing amazing things with Windows Azure. From pushing the boundaries of technology to connecting real people to real business solutions, the possibilities using Windows Azure are endless. Every couple of weeks we will highlight customers and the amazing things they are accomplishing with Windows Azure.
Business Intelligence Templates for SQL Server Data Tools in Visual Studio 2012 Available for DownloadToday, Microsoft released the Microsoft SQL Server Data Tools - Business Intelligence for Visual Studio 2012, which are now available for download. The tools include project templates for SQL Server Analysis Services, SQL Server Reporting Services, and SQL Server Integration Services. These project templates will enable customers to upgrade their BI projects to the latest version of Visual Studio.
To learn more, please read the post on the SQL Server Reporting Services Team Blog.
This afternoon Microsoft announced that it has acquired MetricsHub, a participant in the Microsoft Accelerator, powered by TechStars.
As we enter 2013, the cloud is at the forefront of every organization, and IT departments want to understand the true value a Private Cloud brings to their company and the requirements to architect the right solution.
Microsoft Talks Big Data at O’Reilly Strata
This morning, Microsoft Technical Fellow Dave Campbell took the stage at the annual O’Reilly Strata Conference in Santa Clara, CA, and discussed Microsoft’s commitment to and continued investment in big data.
Windows Azure Helps Bring Customer Back Online Amid Crisis
When disaster struck the picturesque nation of Costa Rica in the form of a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in September 2012, the population was in shock and the nation’s infrastructure was damaged. The website of Teletica, one of the nation’s largest and most prominent communications companies, was quickly overwhelmed by user traffic as people in the country and around the world logged on to obtain and share information following the devastation.
Microsoft is thrilled to announce that an independent report published today named Windows Azure the leading Cloud Storage Provider (CSP).
How the Big Data Explosion Is Changing the World
Big data is the term that describes the process of applying serious computing power – the latest in machine learning and artificial intelligence – to seriously massive and often highly complex sets of information. The ability to analyze big data is opening up a new world of insights about how our world works.
Microsoft named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems 2013
Once again, Gartner* has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Data Warehouse Database Management Systems, based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the data warehouse DBMS market.
The Center for Internet Security (CIS) announced collaboration with Microsoft in developing a set of resources that provide organizations using Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Internet Explorer 10 with comprehensive guidance to enhance the security of these deployments.
Economic Impact of Windows Server 2012: 3-year ROI of 195% and payback in just 6 months
Since the September launch of Windows Server 2012, there have been over 1 million evaluation downloads and the product was a key contributor to strong Q2 earnings.
Today, Microsoft announces integration of Git, today’s most popular distributed version control system, into Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, and Team Foundation Service giving developers more choice with its version control and ALM solutions.
Join Microsoft and get a Jump Start on Virtualization
The IT Pro Evangelism team, Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Virtual Academy are pleased to announce the next Jump Start courses! Join us for Introduction to Hyper-V on Thursday, January 24th and Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals on Wednesday, January 30th.
Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure Media Services. Now, customers have everything they need to quickly build great, end-to-end media services for streaming on-demand video to consumers on any device.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced HelpBridge, a new mobile app designed to help customers connect with the people that matter to them during a natural disaster. The app also enables customers to give money, time and resources to support relief and rebuilding efforts.
Microsoft helps Costa Coffee brew sales data solution
Last week, Microsoft announced an exciting (and tasty) example of its work in intelligent systems, business analytics and cloud computing. Costa Coffee’s iconic red Costa Express vending machines are the UK’s leading self-service bar, with more than 2,500 machines in the UK since launching 18 months ago. When Costa decided to build its next-generation coffee-serving machine, they wanted a flexible, end-to-end solution. Windows Embedded, Windows Azure and SQL Server helped Costa meet their exact needs, allowing them to track all aspects of the machine including diagnostics and sales data.
Read the full Windows Embedded blog post to learn how Microsoft and Costa are delivering a better cup for coffee lovers.
Today Microsoft announced the release of new products and services available that further deliver against the company’s Cloud OS vision. Both customers and partners can capitalize on cloud opportunities with System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the new Windows Intune, and Windows Azure services for Windows Server.
Research on Multiple Hypervisor Usage Shows Need for Consolidated Heterogeneous Management SolutionNearly two-thirds of survey respondent organizations from Enterprise Strategy Group’s recent research on Multiple Hypervisor Usage Trends reported using more than one hypervisor.
“Hekaton”: Microsoft’s new in-memory technology delivers significant performance improvements
Microsoft Research recently published a feature chronicling the development of “Hekaton,” a new in-memory technology introduced at PASS Summit 2012 that will be included in the next major release of SQL Server.
Today, Microsoft released a number of enhancements to Windows Azure, including:
TechNet Radio: What’s new in Windows Server 2012 Active Directory
Tune into TechNet Radio as Sean Deuby, Active Directory expert and technical director for Windows IT Pro, discusses his thoughts on Active Directory in Windows Server 2012.
Dashing through the cloud with Windows Azure scale
Keeping track of Santa is no easy task, but the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) team, Windows Azure, Bing Maps and all of Santa’s helpers have worked to bring you the best ever Official Santa Tracker.
Microsoft Announces Reduced Pricing for Windows Azure Storage
On Wednesday, Microsoft announced reduced Windows Azure Storage pricing, offering customers as much as 28% savings beginning Dec. 12.
VMware (Finally) Admits that its Costs are Higher than Microsoft’s
A blog post by Microsoft general manager Amy Barzdukas discusses how the VMware cost per application calculator reveals what our customers and partners have been telling us all along – VMware vSphere 5.1 costs more than Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 combined.