Microsoft “loves Linux” as it makes Azure bigger, better

11 million servers, new giant VMs, and more third-party app support. Wait, what happened at this thing?!? Microsoft In San Francisco today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said something that was more than a little surprising: Microsoft loves Linux. The operating system once described as a “cancer” by Nadella’s predecessor, Steve Ballmer, is now being embraced ...

Bringing in-memory transaction processing to the masses: an analysis of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 in-memory OLTP

1Executive Summary The emerging class of enterprise applications that combine systems of record and systems of engagement has geometrically growing performance requirements. They have to support capturing more data per business transaction from ever-larger online user populations. These applications have many capabilities similar to consumer online services such as Facebook or LinkedIn, but they need ...

Microsoft reveals its server designs and releases open source code

Redmond joins Facebook’s Open Compute, intends to make servers more efficient. Microsoft Microsoft has joined the Open Compute Project, a consortium that Facebook created to share the designs of servers and other equipment that power the Internet’s largest data centers. Like other Internet giants, Microsoft designs its own servers to be more efficient than standard boxes ...

Microsoft takes development into the cloud with Visual Studio Online

Visual Studio 2013 lands alongside a cloud-hosted IDE. Though it has been available on MSDN for a few weeks now, today marks the official launch of Microsoft’s flagship development environment, Visual Studio 2013. In addition to supporting Microsoft’s latest platforms—in particular, Windows 8.1—Visual Studio 2013 includes some pretty neat productivity features. Revision history and work ...

Microsoft and Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, hello cloud!

The following post is from Satya Nadella, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft. On Wednesday at Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) event in New York, I joined Cisco CEO John Chambers to announce an expanded partnership between our two companies. Microsoft and Cisco have a long history of collaborating to help customers address business and technology challenges. ...

Networking Without Limits: SDN

After nearly 40 years of creating enterprise software, there are few companies who have come to appreciate the importance of infrastructure in the quite the way we have at Microsoft. We recognize that to host great software and great apps, you need an equally great infrastructure for your datacenter. At Microsoft, we create and deliver ...

Microsoft keeps building its hybrid cloud with Windows Azure updates

  SUMMARY:A set of updates to Windows Azure include new backup services, an SDK, and a preview Hyper-V recovery manager. Microsoft continues to push out enhancements and updates to its cloud. This week it’s made Windows Azure Backup Services broadly available and announced a couple other updates including a new software development kit (SDK) that should ease debugging ...

Windows 8.1: What a difference a year makes

Review: Not perfect, but 8.1 is an OS that actually works for desktop, mobile. Windows 8 was an ambitious operating system. Microsoft’s goal was, and still is, to have a single operating system that can span the traditional PC, the tablet, and everything in between. To do this, the company introduced a new kind of application—the “Modern” or “Metro” style ...

Microsoft breaks Telstra Office 365 monopoly

news Technology giant Microsoft has revealed plans to break the monopoly which its partner Telstra has on selling its Office 365 software as a service productivity suite in Australia, in a move which will widen the software’s ecosystem substantially. Office 365 has been on sale in Australia exclusively through Telstra for the past two years, after ...

Windows Azure Connections Enabled at Equinix Data Centers

  Today Equinix announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft that enables cloud connectivity to Windows Azure in key markets globally through our data centers. Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables customers to quickly build, deploy and manage applications. By leveraging Azure, enterprises can flexibly build applications using any language, tool ...