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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

VMware and the one question that matters most in cloud marketing

  photo: Derrick Harris SUMMARY:James Urquhart examines the different technology concerns between developers and traditional IT buyers and how that affects their cloud-buying behavior. While VMware has a strong position right now, he argues, it might not last. I wrote in July about how cloud computing isn’t the same for every enterprise, and the true implications of ...

Microsoft gooses Azure security with multifactor authentication

SUMMARY:Two-factor authentication adds an additional layer of security — and another step — to accessing your data on the Windows Azure cloud. Microsoft checked off another checklist item for Windows Azure when it turned on multifactor authentication on Thursday. Multifactor authentication requires that a user put in her password or code as the first step ...

Storage Automation, Self-Service and Provisioning for a Microsoft Private Cloud

The annual Microsoft Management Summit has become a key source of information and training for IT professionals building private clouds based on Windows Server® and System Center. One of the top rated sessions at this year’s event was presented by NetApp and focused on storage automation, self-service and provisioning. Highlights of the presentation are covered below, and a video of ...