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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 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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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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DESGURSE's curator insight, May 11, 1:14 PM

vers la démocratisation de la valorisation des big data ?

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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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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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Cloud Computing Wars 2015 - Google, Microsoft, Docker, Sphere 3D And VMware

Cloud Computing Wars 2015 - Google, Microsoft, Docker, Sphere 3D And VMware | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud computing has gradually entered the second phase of the product life cycle. Naturally, several players have established strong reputations and economies of scale. Although companies with innovative technologies and supe
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Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications. Consisting of Docker Engine, a portable, lightweight runtime and packaging tool, and Docker Hub, a cloud service for sharing applications and automating workflows, Docker enables apps to be quickly assembled from components and eliminates the friction between development, QA, and production environments.

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Riordan Kelly's curator insight, March 29, 5:37 AM

Google and Microsoft are two heavyweight fighting for the title of world heavyweight cloud champion. The effects of this bought will be felt by all the players in the market. Finding the right fighter to back will make of break many fortunes. 

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Box partners with Microsoft to enable collaboration through Office

Box partners with Microsoft to enable collaboration through Office | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud storage provider Box has joined the Microsoft Cloud Storage Program, integrating with Microsoft Office to enable businesses to seamlessly access content across devices and platforms.
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The new collaboration includes enabling users to open, edit and save documents back to Box directly from Office for iOS, and is available today for free, with integration with Office Online arriving later this year.

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This tech CEO doubts Seattle will dominate cloud computing - and he's completely wrong

This tech CEO doubts Seattle will dominate cloud computing - and he's completely wrong | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Nearly everywhere you go in Seattle's technology community, there's talk about how the city is transforming into one of the most important cloud computing centers in the world.

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Cloud computing is one area where Seattle is especially strong. And the momentum just keeps building and building.

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Amazon hits 5-year high in cloud market

Amazon hits 5-year high in cloud market | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft and Google make strong surges in the cloud while IBM holds steady
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Amazon Web Services (AWS) had 25 percent revenue growth from the third quarter to the fourth quarter, giving it a 30 percent global market share in the last quarter of 2014 .....

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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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Tech Predictions for 2015

Tech Predictions for 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

With 2014 winding to a close, I'm wondering what surprises await us in the New Year. So here's a quick rundown of some of the tech happenings and trends I see in for 2015, with a particular emphasis on our favorite little tech colossus from Redmond.

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Microsoft started 2014 deliberately vague of IoT, though it has since promised a Windows 10 version that targets this world and has expanded on its plans. But 2015 will be the year that IoT breaks out, big time. And if Microsoft .....

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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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Windows goes Node for Microsoft's Internet of things

Windows goes Node for Microsoft's Internet of things | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The Chakra JavaScript engine will bridge the gap to run Node.js on Windows on ARM systems
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Microsoft has forged a workaround for Node.js's inability to run on Windows on ARM devices. According to the blog post, developers can have Node.js "take advantage of running with the Chakra JavaScript engine, which is part of the OS on Windows 10 and has been optimized to run efficiently on WoA devices since its inception.

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By reading the original blog post, basically they're in the process of creating a shim that allows Node.js to work on Windows 10 ARM devices.

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Dynamics NAV Corfu Update - Microsoft Convergence 2015

Dynamics NAV Corfu Update - Microsoft Convergence 2015 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft Convergence 2015, one of the most important events last month in 2015, where Microsoft Dynamics representatives pushed across the envelope with some of the upcoming features for the next Dynamics NAV release, code named ‘Corfu’, by this autumn.

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..... Microsoft’s push to a ‘mobile-first, cloud-first’ world is likely to increase the appeal of Dynamics NAV.

 

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Microsoft gears up for cloud domination

Microsoft gears up for cloud domination | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft will reveal more pieces of its cloud master plan at the upcoming Build conference, , but the outlines are already there -- and maybe even a little scary
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.......... Only one is a quadruple play, delivering IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, as well as the on-premises software to build a hybrid cloud.

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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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The End of The Web Hosting Industry

The End of The Web Hosting Industry | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Just when the Web hosting industry seemed more stable and entrenched than ever, announcements last week by Google, Microsoft and Amazon gave an official stamp of approval to the technological shift that is about to send it all swirling done the drain, and the specialist WordPress hosts may be the first disappear.
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......Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker ............

 

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, April 13, 4:47 PM

Anyone can now go to Linode or Digital Ocean and fire up their own VPS (Virtual Private Server) within half a minute, for a fraction of the approximately $30 cost of the most basic, one-WordPress-installation package from a specialist WordPress host. The VPS user can then use Docker or a similar technology ..........

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LibreOffice's next big version is in the cloud

LibreOffice's next big version is in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A key LibreOffice developer is preparing to turn the productivity site into a competitor for Google Apps and Microsoft Office Online
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Dubbed LibreOffice Online, the application is intended to guarantee complete document cross-compatibility with the desktop version of LibreOffice; any document created in one can be edited in the other without loss of features or data.

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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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Just in case you didn't already get your free 100GB...

Just in case you didn't already get your free 100GB... | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
This has been doing the rounds through USA users of Microsoft services and now seems to be available more widely, but.... just in case you haven't already seen this offer from Microsoft for 100GB extra of OneDrive space for two years, try clicking this link. It seems to be linked to 'Bing' in some way - my guess is that it's just Microsoft's way of getting more people onboard with OneDrive in a big way - at the end of the day, it will all be about head count on each platform and upselling users
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Worked for me. It is for 2 years, but a lot can happen in 2 years

 

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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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Dropbox Buys Israeli Mobile Document Firm CloudOn

Dropbox Buys Israeli Mobile Document Firm CloudOn | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud storage provider Dropbox continued with its streak of acquisitions on Wednesday, announcing that it has acquired Israeli startup CloudOn. Based in Herzliya, CloudOn provides tools to enable users to edit Microsoft Office documents from their mobile  devices.

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In the last year, Dropbox has acquired companies such as Hackpad, a tool for collaborative note-taking; Zulip, a messaging app designed for the workplace; and Loom, a tool for managing photo collections.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Next-Gen Analytics Are Transforming Retail Management Systems digitally through MS Dynamics AX; but Is Your Company Really Transforming Digitally?

INFOGRAPHIC: Next-Gen Analytics Are Transforming Retail Management Systems digitally through MS Dynamics AX; but Is Your Company Really Transforming Digitally? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
We all are aware that “Change is the only constant” and so is the case with digital transformation. We all know& are afraid of, one of the biggest barriers, every transformation that brings along known and unknown degree of risks, changes that are planned and unplanned.In my last few articles; Social CRM - Your ICE Bucket Challenge – we discuss...
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Are we all really ready, & are our enterprises all set to cope up with these digital transformations & welcome new Microsoft Dynamics For Retail?

 

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Your PaaS has Docker ... so what?

Your PaaS has Docker ... so what? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Docker is becoming standard issue in PaaS offerings, but merely 'Docker-washing' a service is no longer enough
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There's little question that Docker all by itself is a strong draw for any cloud platform offering. Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and IBM have all scrambled to add it to their respective clouds.

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