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Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Now Available Across Seven CoreSite Markets

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CoreSite Realty Corporation, a premier provider of secure, reliable, high-performance data center and interconnection solutions across the U.S., today announced the expanded availability of Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, which can now be privately accessed from seven of CoreSite's markets across the country, including Northern Virginia, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and Boston.

CoreSite customers can privately connect to Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365 via the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange, which provides high-performance, SLA-backed virtual connections and on-demand provisioning. The integration of Azure ExpressRoute and the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange provides CoreSite customers with the opportunity to establish a fast and reliable private connection into Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. With an Azure ExpressRoute connection, customers have a natural extension of their data centers and can build hybrid applications that span on-premises infrastructure and Microsoft Cloud services without compromising privacy or performance.

OutSystems 10 Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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The latest version of the OutSystems low-code application development platform, powered by Microsoft Azure, is available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Azure customers can now leverage the OutSystems 10 platform, fully optimized to run on mobile devices with top performance, zero delays, and the smoothest transitions and animations.

Using the OutSystems platform, any developer can now build the types of secure, scalable, enterprise-grade mobile apps that in the past only highly skilled software engineers were capable of creating. This latest release led OutSystems to be recognized as a Leader in Gartner’s 2017 Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms, positioned highest for ability to execute.

“OutSystems 10 is changing the way mobile apps are generated so our customers can deliver truly engaging experiences,” said Bob Wilson, vice president of global channels and alliances for OutSystems. “Running on Microsoft Azure brings an added level of reliability and trust our customers have come to expect.”
 

AWS Snowball Edge vs. Azure Stack: What on-premises public cloud means for your data center

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Amazon Web Services' (AWS) Snowball Edge and Microsoft Azure Stack both aim to bring a subset of the public cloud to the private data center. While both have the same high-level objective, they are very different approaches.

On the surface, the two solutions only have faint similarities. However, both solutions are strategic to the two cloud providers' on-premises public cloud expansion.

Public cloud at the edge
 

Electric Imp Delivers High-Performance Integration With Microsoft Azure IoT Hub

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Electric Imp Inc., a global leader providing enterprise secure IoT, today announced its high-performance integration with Microsoft Azure IoT Hub.

The integration with Azure IoT Hub enables Electric Imp's customers to use Microsoft's storage and advanced data analytics, while simplifying the setup and management of highly scalable, secure communications between the edge and cloud.

The Electric Imp Platform, already deployed on over a million devices, includes:

Wipro Develops Industry Focused Big Data Analytics-as-a-Service Platform on Microsoft Azure

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Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, today announced the availability of Data Discovery Platform, its big data analytics-as-a-service solution on Microsoft Azure. The solution accelerates insight-driven decision making through pre-built applications for specific industries, such as banking and financial services, retail, energy, education and manufacturing.

Wipro's Data Discovery Platform will enable businesses to embark on an analytics journey with value added services of process simplification and business transformation to bridge the gap between the insights required by business and the information that is available. Wipro Data Discovery Platform is available in an outcome-based ‘pay-per-insight' cloud delivery model. The platform leverages Microsoft's Cortana Intelligence Suite which includes HDInsight, Stream Analytics, Data Lake Analytics, Machine Learning and Power BI to build analytical applications. Currently, fourteen Wipro Data Discovery Platform applications have been showcased on Microsoft Advanced Analytics Partner Solution Showcase

CloudPhysics to Accelerate Channel Go-To-Market Delivering Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Assessments

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CloudPhysics, one of the fastest growing channel automation platforms for next generation data center product and service delivery, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance. CloudPhysics has worked with Microsoft technologies for many years, and this collaboration further demonstrates the commitment of both companies to deliver value to Channel Partners wanting to build strong engagement with their customers.

CloudPhysics' Private and Public Cloud Assessment model provides rightsizing and instance recommendations that enable partners and customers to accurately plan migration strategies to all major cloud providers. It enables the quick rightsizing of on-premises workloads, saving costs by fitting storage, memory, and CPU provisioning accurately to usage demands.

Microsoft Adds Nested Virtualization to Select Azure Virtual Machines

Article Written by David Marshall

Interesting news out of Redmond -- Microsoft users will now be able to enable nested virtualization (or the ability to run a virtual machine within another virtual machine) in Azure, as this is now a valid deployment option under Microsoft's new Dv3 and Ev3 series Azure virtual machines (VMs).

The Dv3 and Ev3 series VMs use Hyper-Threading technology found in Intel's Haswell and Broadwell chip architectures, packing more of a punch in the underlying hardware and allowing it to support larger VM sizes.  The new Dv3 VM sizes are a good balance of memory to vCPU performance, with up to 64 vCPU's and 256GiB of RAM.  And the newly named Ev3 sizes provide users with more memory to vCPU than the Dv3, so that larger workloads can be run on sizes up to the largest E64 size, with 64 vCPUs and 432GiB of RAM.  And it is that extra power that helps provide for nested virtualization.

By unlocking more power from the underlying hardware, Microsoft has been able to harness better performance and efficiency, resulting in cost savings.  These new Hyper-Threaded sizes are said to be priced up to 28% lower than the previous Dv2 sizes.

What's the reason for running nested virtualization?

Talend Accelerates Big Data Pipeline Development for Microsoft Azure

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Talend, a global leader in cloud and big data integration solutions, today unveiled a new set of connectors for the Talend Data Fabric platform that helps customers rapidly migrate enterprise-wide data sources to Microsoft Azure to build more intelligent and scalable cloud data pipelines for real-time analytics.

"Today's companies understand cloud technology is becoming the new growth engine for their business and are eager to bridge legacy, on-premises data with the new world of cloud-powered big data lakes," said Ashley Stirrup, CMO, Talend. "Teaming with Microsoft allows us to deliver a complete solution for scaling big data workloads in the cloud. While other data integration solutions only connect with a few data sources, our Summer ‘17 release of Talend Data Fabric includes in-depth, native functionality to help customers quickly migrate a broad range of on-premise data sources to the Azure cloud and optimize cloud data pipelines, speeding time to insight."

Quest Delivers SaaS Offering for Easy Recovery and Policy Management of Azure Active Directory and Office 365 Cloud Workloads

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Quest Software, a global systems management and security software provider, today announced the availability of Quest On Demand, a new, cloud-hosted software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that makes it simple for IT administrators to manage and secure Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) workloads. The first release of Quest On Demand delivers solutions that make it easy for organizations to rapidly backup and recover Azure AD and Office 365 users, attributes, groups and group membership. Additionally, it allows for secure access to Microsoft Exchange Online and Skype for Business Online features through automated policy management.

On Demand, the first SaaS platform from the Quest Microsoft Platform Management (MPM) business, delivers automation at scale. With On Demand, customers no longer need to install and configure on-premises software nor manage the roll-out of updates. The On Demand platform is ready to use after a few clicks and integrates the core security features built into Azure to ensure data integrity and security. Now, IT organizations can innovate faster, lower costs, and take advantage of enhanced security.

Rackspace and Lightstream Team to Provide Custom Managed Microsoft Cloud Solutions

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Rackspace today announced from the Microsoft Inspire conference in Washington, D.C. a relationship with Lightstream, a leading systems integrator, to deliver integrated Microsoft Cloud Solutions with specialized customer lifecycle support. Through this collaboration, Rackspace will provide custom tools, optimization and ongoing 24x7x365 Fanatical Support for customers who leverage Lightstream IT transformation and migration services for Microsoft Azure as well as other Microsoft Private Cloud and Microsoft Productivity Cloud solutions.

"As more enterprises adopt Microsoft Azure and other Microsoft cloud technologies, they often require assistance to help them reduce complexity -- from planning and migration to the ongoing tasks of scaling applications, managing costs, maintaining security and ensuring application uptime," said Ramakant Pandrangi, vice president and general manager of Microsoft Clouds at Rackspace. "This is where Rackspace and Lightstream are well-positioned to help. By coupling our robust Microsoft expertise, support and guidance, this collaboration provides a unique end-to-end experience for customers who want to optimize their Microsoft solutions."