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New Big Data Services for Azure in Europe: Data Lake Analytics and Data Lake Store
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 21, 2017
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Microsoft continues the expansion of its services for Azure in Europe, this time with new capabilities related to Big Data: Azure Data Lake Analytics and Data Lake Store. These new services appear as server-less options for companies that already have resources in Azure and a large amount of data, allowing them to transform that data into valuable information.

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Microsoft Expands Olympus: Adds NVIDIA support
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 13, 2017
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We’ve talked before in this blog about Microsoft Project Olympus and the Open Compute Project (OCP): “Microsoft, the Open Source Cloud Hardware and Why is it Important to You”. This time, Microsoft is expanding the Olympus ideal by adding NVIDIA support with their GPU capabilities into their Open Source Hardware.

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Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner for VMware Available as a Preview
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 6, 2017
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Microsoft keeps going big on offering VMware integration, we’ve mentioned in the past that they’ve released a freeware tool to backup VMware virtual machines into Azure: Microsoft Azure Backup Server (MABS). And now they keep insisting on taking over Enterprise VMware customers into Azure, or at least their Site Recovery solution: Azure Site Recovery Deployment Planner for VMware.

Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Deployment Preview

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Microsoft Just Released Azure Network Watcher: Network Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics Service for Azure
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on March 1, 2017
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The network component and the troubleshooting that sometimes we need to do represents a big factor on all cloud customers, not matter if you are using Azure, AWS, Office 365 or any other. If you don’t have control over the network and/or you are not capable of identifying issues root causes, then there’s most likely the cloud experience it’s not going to be a good one. Microsoft has that clear and is now offering a new tool to assist customers: Azure Network Watcher.

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Azure Backup Server Offering New Features: Central Monitoring, Enhanced Security, and New Regions
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 20, 2017
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We talked about Azure Backup before in this blog, when they recently added the capability to backup VMware virtual machines, now they are introducing a new set of features: Central monitoring, enhanced security and available in new regions.

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AWS wants your Databases in the Cloud: Amazon Aurora offering up 5X Better Performance and PostgreSQL Compatibility
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 16, 2017
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Amazon released recently the Aurora Storage Engine as a MySQL-compatible relational database service and is highly encouraging to customers to migrate from Oracle or Microsoft SQL Server to this new cloud service platform. Amazon Aurora is promising up to five times better performance than MySQL with better security, availability, and reliability of a commercial database and a 10% cost of what organizations are paying. And also announced a short time ago, PostgreSQL compatibility (available as a preview).

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Microsoft Keeps Going Big on CyberSecurity: Investing $1 Billion a Year
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on February 10, 2017
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The technology giant Microsoft is, as many other big ones in the market, making a statement regarding CyberSecurity: They are maintaining their $1 billion investment on yearly basis for research and development in this field, which does not include any “inorganic investments” (buying other companies). The latter investments will be a separate budget.

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Azure Storage New Features: Larger Blobs and New Storage Emulator
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 23, 2017
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Microsoft recently announced new features and updated capabilities within Azure Storage. Some of the new features are Larger blobs, incremental copy, new API capabilities and an updated version for the Storage Emulator.

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Azure: Microsoft is cancelling the Pay-as-you-Go Option, but don’t worry
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 16, 2017
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No commitment. Pay for what you use each month” says the Microsoft Pay-as-you-Go website, which will no longer exist as we know of starting February 1 of 2017. Microsoft will be “guiding” new customers to use the Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program to acquire any of the Azure subscriptions. Even though you won’t see the pay-as-you-go option from Microsoft, don’t panic, there’s an explanation.

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CES 2017: AT&T Offering Internet-of-Things (IoT) starter kits for AWS and Raspberry Pi
Posted by Augusto Alvarez on January 10, 2017
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AT&T, the Texas-based telecommunications company, has just announced two new Internet of Things (IoT) starter kits at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, one for Amazon Web Services (AWS) developers, the other for developers that use Raspberry Pi.

AT&T IoT starter kits

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