The federation of service providers and software vendors will begin stocking its virtual shelves from June 7Xavier Poisson, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's vice president for hybrid IT in Europe, Middle East and Africa, at a meeting for Cloud28 partners near Amsterdam on May 19, 2016Cloud28 , the cloud services federation backed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise, now wants to help you install enterprise applications, not just choose them from its catalog.The federation plans to open its new App Center for business later this summer, and will begin stocking its virtual shelves on June 7 with the opening of an App Onboarding Center.Once strictly an open source, OpenStack shop, it is now embracing Microsoft Azure, VMware, Ormuco and Docker.One of the advantages of Cloud28 for participating service providers operating in only one country is that it makes them more visible to independent software vendors from other countries looking for new distribution channels, said Khaled Chaar, managing director of German cloud service provider Pironet NDH.Although many applications are already cloud-ready, for a typical business the 20 percent or so of the applications it uses that aren't cloud-ready are probably the most valuable, industry-specific ones, he said.Making it easier to move those to the cloud will present significant advantages, he said.
Significant customer partnership for Microsoft cloud, as Jenkins project infrastructure moves to AzureThe Jenkins Project is to move onto Microsoft s Azure platform in order to bolster security and capacity of the project as its infrastructure needs grow.As Jenkins continues to be widely recognized as the preferred open source choice for many organisations to succeed and utilise continuous software delivery, this relationship comes at the perfect time for both the Jenkins community and Microsoft, said R. Tyler Croy, Jenkins project board member and community evangelist at CloudBees.Migrating to Azure simplifies and improves our infrastructure in a dramatic way that would not be possible without a comprehensive platform consisting of: compute, CDN, storage and data-store services.We re proud to support the Jenkins community, furthering Microsoft Azure s commitment to supporting choice and flexibility across the entire ecosystem, added Corey Sanders, director of compute for Microsoft Azure in a statement.By delivering enterprise-proven infrastructure and services to the Jenkins project, we will help to support the tremendous growth of the Jenkins project.Sanders expanded upon this development in a blog post, saying the collaboration will see the building of great things – at any scale.
Cloud storage, at its most basic, is the storage of data online in the cloud.This means that a company's data is being stored somewhere else other than on a hard disc in the user's PC or Mac.The data is maintained, managed, backed up remotely and made available to users via the Internet and it can provide some essential benefits.In the public cloud model the data is stored in global data centres and data can be spread across multiple regions covering continues.Customers often pay on a per-use basis with the leading providers Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Storage and Amazon Web Services.While there are multiple benefits to using cloud storage, one disadvantage is the limitations of bandwidth.
Azure Premium Storage users can now replicate their workloads onto SSDsMicrosoft is offering some Azure Site Recovery customers the option of using flash storage, rather than traditional hard drives for their backup services.Azure Site Recovery is Microsoft s flagship backup service, and now users of Microsoft s Azure Premium Storage will get access to SSDs, a move the company claims will boost the speed of cloud applications and their backup counterparts in storage.Premium If you are running I/O input/output intensive enterprise workloads on-premises, we recommend that you replicate these workloads to Premium Storage, said Poornima Natarajan, a Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise manager.CEO Satya Nadella At the time of a failover of your on-premises environment to Azure, workloads replicating to Premium storage will come up on Azure virtual machines running on high speed solid state drives SSDs and will continue to achieve high-levels of performance, both in terms of throughout and latency.EncryptionNatarajan also gave customers more information about the upcoming Azure Storage Service Encryption SSE for data at rest.SSE for Data at Rest will help customers protect their data to meet company regulations, according to Natarajan, with Storage Service Encryption encrypting data prior to persisting to storage and decrypting prior to retrieval.
Data protection regulations and privacy are important concerns for businessesMore than three quarters of TechWeekEurope readers say it matters to their business whether their data is stored in the European Union EU – but mainly for privacy reasons, rather than performance.Many companies, particularly those in regulated industries, are restricted as to where they can store data because of national or European privacy legislation.But our poll shows that while 78.8 percent of readers say they need their data stored in the EU, just 4.1 percent say it s solely for performance reasons.The previous Safe Harbour transatlantic data sharing agreement between the EU and US was ruled invalid last October.It had been in effect since 2000 and allowed US firms to collect data on European users so long as certain principles around storage and security were met.A replacement piece of legislation, known as Privacy Shield was agreed in February but its implementation has so far been delayed amid concerns about the independence of a new US privacy ombudsman, and demands for reassurance over US surveillance practices.
It expands an existing partnership and will help Salesforce expand internationallyA Salesforce.com logo on the front of the Moscone Center in San Francisco.Salesforce has named Amazon Web Services its preferred public cloud provider for services like Sales Cloud, Service Cloud and App Cloud, expanding an existing partnership to provide the backend for the software-as-a-service provider.The news means that Amazon, already the public cloud leader, will be getting money from one of the biggest success stories in the SaaS market."There is no public cloud infrastructure provider that is more sophisticated or has more robust enterprise capabilities for supporting the needs of our growing global customer base," he said in a statement.Of course, it would be strange for Salesforce to bet on Microsoft Azure.While it's partnered with the Redmond-based company in some areas, the two compete against each other in the CRM market.
Announcing the plan on Thursday, the pair said the cable will help meet growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for their plethora of cloud and online services.Microsoft and Facebook noted that its cable will take a route south of existing transatlantic cable systems that mostly come into the New York and New Jersey region.Being physically separate from these other cables helps ensure more resilient and reliable connections for our customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond, the pair said.Microsoft aims for the cable to help maintain and expand services for its cloud products such as Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure.As the world continues to move towards a future based on cloud computing, Microsoft is committed to building out the unprecedented level of global infrastructure required to support ever faster and even more resilient connections to our cloud services, the Redmond-based computer company said.Microsoft s Frank Rey said the project marks an important new step in building the next generation infrastructure of the internet, while Facebook s Najam Ahmad commented that the plan lets the two companies choose the hardware and software that best serves the system, and would ultimately increase the pace of innovation.
The companies will begin work on the cable in August, and it should be done by October 2017.With a capacity of 160 Tbps, the new Marea cable will have greater capacity than any other undersea cables spanning the Atlantic, Frank Rey, director of global network acquisition for Microsoft s cloud infrastructure and operations, wrote in a blog post.We re seeing an ever-increasing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for Microsoft cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure, Rey wrote.As the world continues to move towards a future based on cloud computing, Microsoft is committed to building out the unprecedented level of global infrastructure required to support ever faster and even more resilient connections to our cloud services.This builds on Microsoft and Facebook s previous investments in infrastructure for delivering data underwater.Last year Microsoft said it was working with Hibernia and Aqua Comms on cables spanning the Atlantic, and in 2014 it was reported that Facebook had invested in a cable in the Pacific.Being physically separate from these other cables helps ensure more resilient and reliable connections for our customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond, Rey wrote.Earlier this month Data Center Knowledge reported that public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services AWS had made its first investment in an undersea cable project.
The importance of the service means that any IT decisions about how it is run must be carefully thought through.CBR spoke to Ian Trenholm, CEO, NHSBT, and Anthony Evans, digital service manager, NHSBT, about the technology it is using.Before a move to Microsoft Azure almost two years ago, NHSBT had been using its own in-house service to manage all of its systems, but while they were stable, they struggled to deal with spikes in demand and were un-flexible."So if a celebrity goes on breakfast news and says, 'I'm very grateful for a blood transfusion', then people immediately try and go online and book a blood donation appointment.This month two NHS trusts were fined £365,000 for leaking information about thousands of NHS staff and hundreds of patients with HIV.NHSBT has architected its systems so that its on-premise estate manages some of the data that is very sensitive, but it has a secure high speed link between its internal database and the digital service that users see.
Microsoft announces complete ban of simple or commonly used passwords from all of its accountsMicrosoft account holders are being forced to upgrade their passwords, after the company announced a ban for all simple or commonly used login credentialsThe move comes after a hacker placed 117 million LinkedIn account details including names, emails and passwords up for sale, forcing the professional business social network to invalidate affected passwords.The company said that has already activated this feature for regular Microsoft Account users and is holding a limited private preview for Microsoft Azure Active Directory services.Read More: to find out the top five password security tips for businesses.The most important thing to keep in mind when selecting a password is to choose one that is unique, and therefore hard to guess, said Alex Weinert, Group Program Manager of Azure AD Identity Protection team.We help you do this in the Microsoft Account and Azure AD system by dynamically banning commonly used passwords.He pointed that Microsoft is seeing more than 10 million accounts attacked daily.
Set to be completed in 2017, new MAREA cable will help speed up cloud and online services at both companiesFacebook and Microsoft have revealed that they are teaming up to build one of the largest subsea cable projects to date.The computing giant and social media titan will work together to roll out the new MAREA cable across 6,600km of the Atlantic Ocean as it looks to deal with growing customer demand for faster data connections.Microsoft does have previous experience in underwater engineering, having earlier this year tested an underwater data centre that it hopes could reduce cloud latency by being placed close to heavily populated areas near coastlines.Project Natick, which held a test rack of servers, was sunk 30 feet off California for four months in 2015, with Microsoft now looking to further develop the research by building larger capsules that could possibly house cloud services such as Azure and Office 365.As the world is increasingly moving toward a future based on cloud computing, Microsoft continues to invest in our cloud infrastructure to meet current and future growing global demand for our more than 200 cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live and the Microsoft Azure platform, said Christian Belady, Microsoft s general manager, datacentre strategy, planning & development.By building the cable along this new southern route, we will also increase the resiliency of our global network, helping ensure even greater reliability for our customers.
The submarine cable system will be operated by Telxius, Telefónica's telecommunications infrastructure company, and connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, US, to Bilbao, Spain.The company believes this will help to ensure more resilient and reliable connections for customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond.Frank Rey, director of global network acquisition at Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, said the reason why the company has entered the joint project with Facebook is because Microsoft is "seeing an ever-increasing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for Microsoft cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure".This new "open" design brings significant benefits for customers: lower costs and easier equipment upgrades which leads to faster growth in bandwidth rates since the system can evolve at the pace of optical technology innovation.Less than a week after Aqua Comms' announcement, Equinix and Aqua Comms unveiled their own plans to build a 5,400Km subsea system linking New York to London.However, the last time a content provider giant entered a transatlantic cable deployment, was in August 2014, with Google partnering in a $300m project with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, Singte, and NEC Corporation.
The submarine cable system will be operated by Telxius, Telefónica's telecommunications infrastructure company, and connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, US, to Bilbao, Spain.The company believes this will help to ensure more resilient and reliable connections for customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond.Frank Rey, director of global network acquisition at Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, said the reason why the company has entered the joint project with Facebook is because Microsoft is "seeing an ever-increasing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for Microsoft cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure".This new "open" design brings significant benefits for customers: lower costs and easier equipment upgrades which leads to faster growth in bandwidth rates since the system can evolve at the pace of optical technology innovation.Less than a week after Aqua Comms' announcement, Equinix and Aqua Comms unveiled their own plans to build a 5,400Km subsea system linking New York to London.However, the last time a content provider giant entered a transatlantic cable deployment, was in August 2014, with Google partnering in a $300m project with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, Singte, and NEC Corporation.
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Nadella s visit follows the first visit to India by Apple CEO Tim Cook, who visited the country this month to drum up support for the company s plans to offer refurbished iPhones in the price-sensitive market as well as to get permission to set up its wholly-owned stores in the country.While Apple was largely seen as lacking focus on India until recently, when its China revenue fell 11 percent, while iPhone sales in India grew 56 percent year-on-year in the last quarter, Microsoft has been a long-time player in the Indian market.It announced in September last year the availability of Microsoft Azure services from local datacenter regions in the country, followed by Office 365 and CRM Online services.With the local cloud services offered by Microsoft, regulated industries such as the banking and financial services industries, government departments and state-owned enterprises will be able to keep their data on servers within the country.An issue that is likely to surface during Nadella s visit, his third since taking charge as CEO, will be Microsoft s bid to provide connectivity to rural areas on vacated TV spectrum.That move has run into opposition from mobile service providers who want the spectrum to be auctioned.
Microsoft's exchange rates for discounted Azure can work in your favourMicrosoft is offering unintentional discounts to Azure users.If you're billed in US Dollars, that threshold spend is US$6,000.CurrencyThreshold for discountThreshold translated to US$ as of May 30th at xe.comDifferenceAUDAU$7,650$5,488-$512.00GBP£3670$5,362-$638.00CNDC$7,300$5588-$412.00EUR€5,060$5617-$383.00INRINR360,600$5,379-$621.00KOR₩7,200,000$6,058$58.00BRLR$22,500$6,288$288.00NZDNZ$8,960$5,982-$18.00As you can see from the data above, Brazilians get whacked and Koreans are out the price of a case of decent beer.The Register therefore suggests that readers contemplating pre-paid Azure shop around before committing.And perhaps see how they can acquire credit cards in countries with friendly thresholds.And of course keep an eye on exchange rates charged by credit card issuers, which can sometimes be lousy and have the potential to erase the savings we think are on offer.
Xiaomi has agreed to buy 1,500 patents from Microsoft in a move that has been framed as an "expansion of their global partnership".Under the deal, Xiaomi will ship Microsoft Office and Skype on its Android smartphones and tablets.Since Satya Nadella took the helm of the business, Microsoft has ostensibly backed off pursuing makers of Linux devices over patent violation..Xiang Wang, senior vice president at Xiaomi, said: We are excited to be working closely with Microsoft on a broad technology collaboration partnership."However, many of its sales have been transacted in the Chinese market, where it is currently the biggest vendor.Specific offerings may vary by device, market and mobile operator.Microsoft said: "This agreement builds on the companies partnership with Windows 10 on Mi Pad and Microsoft Azure powering the Mi Cloud service.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f102689%2fap 68107759853Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi has announced it will purchase 1,500 of Microsoft's patents, many of those related to mobile software, as it marks the next step in its pursuit of Western expansion.Since then, Xiaomi has been trying to broaden its patent portfolio, inking deals with Qualcomm for instance, as it navigates the tricky minefield of Android royalty payments.Xiaomi's new drone does what Xiaomi does best — bringing the price point down while maintaining comparable specs to the competition.Image: APMicrosoft Office on every XiaomiAlong with the patent-licensing agreement, Xiaomi also announced on Wednesday it has agreed to pre-install Microsoft Office and Skype on its devices, allowing Microsoft's bread-and-butter products to reach tens of millions of Xiaomi users in Asia.Starting from September this year, Xiaomi's Mi 5, Mi Max, Mi 4s, Redmi Note 3 and Redmi 3, will come with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Skype apps loaded on them.Xiaomi has an existing relationship with Microsoft, with its Mi Cloud service relying on Microsoft Azure servers.
Cloudability, a Portland-based startup that provides financial management tools that allow companies to track and analyze their cloud spending, has raised $24 million in a Series B round led by the Foundry Group.This takes the company s total amount raised past the $40 million mark.Founded in 2011, Cloudability helps firms track trends and spikes in their cloud infrastructure spending and receive reports and alerts if they re about to go over budget.It s not the only company operating in this space — Israeli startup Cloudyn raised $11 million for something similar just six months ago, while in March of last year, Cloudability acquired the assets of one-time competitor CloudVertical.With public cloud infrastructure spending growing more than 20 percent to $29 billion in 2015, companies such as Cloudability are carving a niche for themselves by helping businesses optimize their spending on vital cloud services — such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.Cloudability claims it can save organizations around 30 percent on cloud costs in the first six months.As enterprise companies move more of their IT spending to public clouds they need new tools to manage and optimize their spending and to make sense of the mountain of billing and usage data that big clouds generate every day, said Mat Ellis, CEO of Cloudability.For five years, Cloudability has been helping companies like GE, Uber and Atlassian to rapidly build bigger and more complex clouds with confidence and control.
Photo: ReutersAlibaba Cloud, a subsidiary of e-commerce titan Alibaba Group, has become the largest cloud infrastructure services provider in Asia-Pacific on the back of its massive market in China and strategic international expansion, analysts said.It has since become mainland China s largest cloud infrastructure services provider, with more than 2.3 million domestic clients as of March 31.Cloud computing enables companies to buy, sell, lease or distribute online a range of software and other digital resources as an on-demand service, just like electricity from a power grid.These resources are kept and managed inside data centres.That would enable the Chinese firm to corner 4.7 per cent of the forecast US$31 billion, global massive-scale cloud infrastructure services market in 2017.Alibaba Cloud last month formed a new joint venture with the telecommunications subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp to set up data centre operations in Japan.
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