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Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 will bundle ERP and CRM in the cloud

Microsoft's new Dynamics 365 will bundle ERP and CRM in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A new app store, meanwhile, will help business users find line-of-business SaaS applications
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"...... With Cortana Intelligence, for instance, sales reps will be able to predict which products and services a customer will need next, thereby helping to focus their cross-selling efforts."
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Review: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, IBM machine learning

Review: AWS, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, IBM machine learning | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon, Microsoft, Databricks, Google, HPE, and IBM machine learning toolkits run the gamut in breadth, depth, and ease
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"What we call machine learning can take many forms. The purest form offers the analyst a set of data exploration tools, a choice of ML models, robust solution algorithms, and a way to use the solutions for predictions."
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Microsoft is making big data really small using DNA

Microsoft is making big data really small using DNA | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A gram of DNA could store close to a trillion gigabytes of data
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....... Microsoft is trying to figure out how the same molecules that make up humans' genetic code can be used to encode digital information .....
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Microsoft has partnered with a San Francisco-based company to encode information on synthetic DNA to test its potential as a new medium for data storage. 

 

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Cloud computing: What's coming next

Cloud computing: What's coming next | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The development of cloud computing is still at a relatively early stage. Here's how it's likely to evolve over the next few years.
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............. "As hyper-scalers -- like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft -- pull away from the rest of the market, the other firms will be left swirling around in a morass and will struggle to respond,"
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Now raging: The 3 cloud battles that matter most

Now raging: The 3 cloud battles that matter most | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
AWS, Microsoft, and Google have won the public cloud wars, clearing the space for more meaningful battles over security, APIs, and reporting to play out
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The battlegrounds: Security, API management and Monitoring and reporting
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2016: The year we see the real cloud leaders emerge

2016: The year we see the real cloud leaders emerge | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon, Google, and Microsoft know what it means to run hyperscale public clouds, while IBM is learning. Which will capture the enterprise as it lurches skyward?
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........ AWS, whose long lead seems to grow and grow, pulled in more than $7 billion in 2015, a year-over-year expansion rate of around 80 percent.

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Don't sleepwalk into Office 365

Don't sleepwalk into Office 365 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Plan differences, feature limitations, and service levels can trip up your deployment, unless you do your homework first
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As an Office 365 MVP, I’m fully convinced the platform Microsoft has built for communication and collaboration in the cloud is solid.

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Microsoft's Business Intelligence Service Gets a Power Boost

Microsoft's Business Intelligence Service Gets a Power Boost | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

An updated version of Microsoft’s Power BI service will be released July 24, the company announced Friday. The goal of the updated service is to enable business users to benefit from business intelligence and analytics without requiring sophisticated help from analysts, data scientists, or other tech staff.

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The new set of business-intelligence tools will replace Microsoft's current Power BI for Office 365 service.

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IaaS Security - Comparing IaaS Providers

IaaS Security - Comparing IaaS Providers | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Our state-of–the-industry public IaaS security research compares leading Cloud Providers' data and network security. Click to see the Infographic.
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The state-of-the-industry public IaaS security research examines a number of features, which are .................

 

Guest post: thanks to @Esther Levine for the article.

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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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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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Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Microsoft to Buy LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft said it would pay $196 a share to acquire LinkedIn, the business social network site.
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Microsoft is buying LinkedIn, the business social networking site, for $26.2 billion. It's one of the the biggest tech deals ever.
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Public cloud megaguide: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Joyent compared

Public cloud megaguide: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Joyent compared | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The top five public clouds pile on the services and options, while adding unique twists
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Office 365’s corporate takeover is imminent

Office 365’s corporate takeover is imminent | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Exchange Online is IT's biggest reason for shifting from on-premises Microsoft servers to the Office 365 cloud services
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Considering the move to Office 365? Take these crucial steps before, during, and after for a successful migration.
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Patch now! Unix bug puts Linux, Android, and iOS systems at risk

Patch now! Unix bug puts Linux, Android, and iOS systems at risk | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Google and Red Hat researchers released a patch for a critical remote code execution flaw in glibc 2.9 and later
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"Software using this function may be exploited with attacker-controlled domain names, attacker-controlled DNS servers, or through a man-in-the-middle attack," Serna and Stadmeyer wrote in an advisory.

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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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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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Why Spark is spiking in the cloud

Why Spark is spiking in the cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Interest and investment in Apache Spark have increased dramatically in recent months, to the benefit of cloud customers
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Spark is attractive mainly because it provides a powerful in-memory data-processing component within Hadoop that deals with both real-time and batch events.

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Why your next database will be open source

Why your next database will be open source | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Watch out, Oracle. Developers are moving past proprietary databases to open source upstarts -- often under the radar of IT management
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No one should write the obituary for such venerable companies as Oracle, IBM, or Microsoft just yet. But clearly, the old-school DBMS market has something to learn from open source upstarts.

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Windows 10: 10 great new features in store for you

Windows 10: 10 great new features in store for you | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Windows 10 is due soon and will bring a bunch of interesting new features.
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Microsoft seems to be intent on getting as many people as possible running Windows 10 as soon as possible. To enable this, they are offering — for the first time ever — the new version of Windows as a free upgrade to anyone running not only Windows 8 / 8.1 but also users of Windows 7.

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, May 25, 2015 1:06 AM

Microsoft seems to be intent on getting as many people as possible running Windows 10 as soon as possible. To enable this, they are offering — for the first time ever — the new version of Windows as a free upgrade to anyone running not only Windows 8 / 8.1 but also users of Windows 7.

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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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Greg Deckler's curator insight, May 20, 2015 9:00 AM

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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