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Cloud is a battle you can't win

Cloud is a battle you can't win | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
You think your datacenter offers a better solution than AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud Platform? Fuggedaboutit
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"Ultimately, there's no way you can keep up with the relentless economies of scale of an Amazon, Google, or Microsoft."
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As Adobe, Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms

As Adobe, Microsoft Azure ink cloud partnership, Amazon looms | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

To kick off his company’s Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Adobe will run three of its most popular software as a service apps on the Microsoft Azure IaaS cloud. The move is a power play by Microsoft, but it should be taken with a grain of salt: Adobe uses Azure competitor Amazon Web Services heavily, too. 

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"As part of the agreement, Adobe will make Microsoft Azure its preferred cloud platform for the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe Creative Cloud and Adobe Document Cloud."
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Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers

Microsoft's pivot and the importance of Windows containers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Micrsoft is in the midst of a historic strategic pivot to embrace Linux as a first-class supported platform. We explore the implications for enterprise IT and business decision-makers, and recommend practical steps to position your organization for a cross-platform Microsoft strategy
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Azure has emerged as an alternative to AWS, and Microsoft has partnered with Docker to deliver container support for Windows Server 2016.
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Climbing the hybrid cloud on-ramp

Climbing the hybrid cloud on-ramp | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
To go hybrid, you can build a bridge between public and private clouds yourself -- or try your luck with new, ready-made hybrid plays
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Microsoft has the most advanced hybrid play, by which I mean private cloud software that duplicates the Azure public cloud infrastructure, in the form of Windows Server, System Center, and Azure Pack. .......

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Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements

Replace your NAS with cloud storage: 8 key requirements | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
For cloud storage to be useful for unstructured data, it needs to provide equivalent flexibility, performance, and productivity as enterprise storage systems
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Hyperscale cloud storage providers like AWS, Google and Azure dropped prices by up to 65 percent last year and promised a Moore's Law pricing model going forward.

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Microsoft invests in undersea cables to connect global data centres

Microsoft invests in undersea cables to connect global data centres | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft has announced a series of partnerships to invest in subsea cables and terrestrial dark fibre capacity in order to better connect their global data centres.
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“Competition in the cloud and infrastructure space continues to heat up. But it’s not a battle that will be won on just cloud or infrastructure alone, but instead on holistic innovation and providing value to customers from the ‘sea to the sky,’” he added......

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New Office 365 features appease the cloud-wary

New Office 365 features appease the cloud-wary | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With a slate of new management, encryption, and data-security features for Office 365, Microsoft hopes to eliminate excuses for not using the cloud
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To overcome emotional barriers to cloud computing, cloud providers often give customers complete control over their data, including encryption keys. Microsoft has been unveiling features in that vein for Azure, and yesterday, the company took a few more steps in that direction with Office 365.

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3 key focuses for a successful Windows admin career

3 key focuses for a successful Windows admin career | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft-centric IT pros can remain in the thick of the jobs action by digging deep into these three areas
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What constitutes relevance? In your current IT position, it can be easy to become complacent, thinking that your skills are ubiquitous.

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Azure vs AWS vs Rackspace vs Google: Which Cloud Provider Had the Least Downtime in 2014

Azure vs AWS vs Rackspace vs Google: Which Cloud Provider Had the Least Downtime in 2014 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Wondering who amongst the big four had the most downtime? Check out our breakdown of Azure vs AWS vs Rackspace vs Google and their 2014 massive blackouts.

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We looked at Azure, Amazon Web Service, Rackspace, and Google to see what their downtime rate was and how it affected consumers.

 

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Microsoft hopes to make hybrid clouds less scary with more extensive testing

Microsoft hopes to make hybrid clouds less scary with more extensive testing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Step by step, Microsoft is working to make its hybrid cloud offerings more attractive. With a new set of "how-to" documentation, it intends to inspire more application development and experimentation with different IT workloads.

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Even if the hybrid cloud concept is easy to understand, taking the leap to actually building one isn't always an easy decision.

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Which cloud providers had the best uptime last year?

Which cloud providers had the best uptime last year? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon and Google recorded impressive statistics for how reliable their public IaaS clouds were in 2014
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That Microsoft outage contributed to a difficult year for Azure in terms of availability.

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5 signs Microsoft is serious about making Azure an enterprise hybrid cloud

5 signs Microsoft is serious about making Azure an enterprise hybrid cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Among the top cloud players, Microsoft has its roots deepest in the enterprise. (IBM, the other big player that comes to mind, has done relatively little hybrid work with its cloud.) Azure has radically evolved from the days when it was the cloud play Microsoft had no choice but to make.

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Here are five of Microsoft's most recent moves aimed at making Windows and Azure your hybrid cloud platform

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Microsoft Azure Backup now available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1

Microsoft Azure Backup now available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft Azure Backup is now available for Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. Azure Backup is a fast and reliable way to backup your data to the cloud. Curiously, Azure Backup offers an 99.99% service availability, maybe as a way to acknowledge that there may be some shortcomings as Microsoft begins to release Azure Backup in the beginning stages of implementation.

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 Link to Microsoft's Azure Backup is on site.

 

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Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults

Multi-cloud increasingly popular among enterprises – but not without its faults | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
More and more enterprises are moving towards multi-cloud environments, but data encryption and security remain a stumbling block, according to the latest research from workload security provider HyTrust.
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"When it comes to security, 44% encrypt data using a cloud provider solution, while 28% deploy a separate data encryption solution."
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3 strikes against the public cloud

3 strikes against the public cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS, Azure, Salesforce, and the rest enable you to build and/or deploy stuff in record time -- but those clouds aren't killing on-prem IT for good reason
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"If the IT department is a dinosaur .............  then why is it taking so long for the giant lizard to die?"
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Ansible 2.1 gets a grip on Microsoft Azure and Docker

Ansible 2.1 gets a grip on Microsoft Azure and Docker | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Automation framework Ansible's second point revision adds management for Microsoft Azure and Docker containers, and so far avoids being just a Red Hat support tool
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"This means Ansible now has more control over the deployment infrastructrure used to run containers, as well as the ability to interface closely with how containers are built and managed."
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What the hybrid cloud really means

What the hybrid cloud really means | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Consistency between public and private cloud environments is key, and Microsoft has the tech lead -- and the big installed base -- to make hybrid happen first
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Of the top cloud providers -- including Amazon, Google, and IBM -- why do I think Microsoft has the most advanced hybrid play? ......

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StackStorm Extends Automation Reach To Microsoft Azure

StackStorm Extends Automation Reach To Microsoft Azure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
StackStorm today announced that it has extended the reach of its open source IT automation integration framework to include support for Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Blob Storage and Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) on the Microsoft Azure cloud. In addition, StackStorm announced that its software is now certified for distribution on the Microsoft Azure cloud itself.
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StackStorm CEO Evan Powell says StackStorm can be used to not only automate that management of application workloads on the Microsoft Azure cloud, but also other cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services or an OpenStack-compatible cloud.

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Microsoft's Azure moves indicate its big data ambitions

Microsoft's Azure moves indicate its big data ambitions | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Azure SQL Database and Data Lake allow big data work to be done locally or remotely -- and break down barriers between the two
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With Azure Data Lake, ..... Microsoft is betting the growing interest in Hadoop, and in its HDFS storage system, merits offering a service for same.

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vers la démocratisation de la valorisation des big data ?

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New Azure PaaS aims to make Microsoft the microservices maestro

New Azure PaaS aims to make Microsoft the microservices maestro | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
With Azure Service Fabric, the same PaaS that Microsoft uses to build and deploy microservices applications on Azure will be offered to the world
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Service Fabric will also support Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers, both of which will debut in the next version of Windows Server scheduled to ship in 2016.

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First look: Microsoft's Azure App Services sweeten cloud development

First look: Microsoft's Azure App Services sweeten cloud development | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Polished integration of Azure Websites, Mobile Services, and BizTalk Services is a big step forward for cloud-oriented developers
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Apparently Microsoft has a “full employment for freelance reviewers covering Azure” policy, because the company has already introduced a new level of back-end integration for Web and mobile services.

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Microsoft adopts international standard for cloud privacy

Microsoft adopts international standard for cloud privacy | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft has adopted a new standard for cloud privacy that commits the company to protect the privacy of customers' data, not to use it for advertisement purposes, and to inform the customer of legal requests for personal data.
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The company said it was adopting the ISO/IEC 27018, published last year by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), which outlines a common set of security categories and controls that can be implemented by a public cloud.

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Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution

Analyst report shows where the value lies for buying a cloud computing solution | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A report from infrastructure as a service performance monitoring analysts Cloud Spectator has found that Amazon EC2 offers “significant” cost advantages over a long term investment.
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In all, 10 IaaS providers were vetted – AWS, CenturyLink, DigitalOcean, Google, HP, Joyent, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace, SoftLayer and Verizon – with Cloud Spectator analysing a wide variety of metrics.

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Letv, Microsoft to jointly build a global video cloud platform

Letv, Microsoft to jointly build a global video cloud platform | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Letv.com, China's leading video website, is teaming up with Microsoft to build a global video cloud platform, reports Yicai, the website of Shanghai's China Business News.

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...... platform based on Microsoft's cloud platform Azure and integrates Letv's video cloud computing service with Microsoft's media service Windows Azure.

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2015 Forecast: The Sun is Out for Cloud Computing

2015 Forecast: The Sun is Out for Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The cloud space continues to evolve at an astounding pace. As recently as 12 months ago, we were still educating many clients about what they could achieve with cloud computing. We tirelessly explained the differences and benefits of options such as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). We also debated the suitability of various architectural alternatives, like private, public or hybrid cloud. While there continues to be some mystique Topic: Information Management.
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According to PC World, cloud has become mainstream with adoption to some degree by nearly 90 percent of businesses.

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