Acronis Delivers Broad Data Protection for Apps and Data in Microsoft Environments

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Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection, today announced its new Acronis Backup Cloud Extension for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto. The new offerings enable Microsoft Cloud Services Providers (CSPs) to easily provision and manage a highly flexible range of backup services across physical and virtual environments, while supporting the broad range of devices in use by businesses today. By plugging Acronis Backup Cloud into Azure or Azure Stack environments, Microsoft CSPs have a new and simple option to add increased value to their offerings by selling more complete backup and data protection services to customers.

Today's small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) face new challenges when it comes to data protection, including massive increases in data volume, complex computing environments, more digital business processes and mobile workers, as well as man-made and natural disasters and cyber-threats. In addition, SMBs struggle to protect data in virtual, physical, and mobile IT environments, with 48 percent of SMBs running both virtual and physical systems, and almost 60 percent of SMBs using mobile devices for work-related activities.

Cloud Computing: Why Microsoft Azure Is King of the Hill

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As I wrote earlier this year over at InfoWorld, Microsoft took another step toward being king of the cloud hill when it announced in January that it was releasing its Azure stack to the public. There are many technical reasons why this is cool, but more importantly, it's the psychological advantage this gives Microsoft.

Google has always had the ability for developers using its stack to develop locally on the same tools that run in Google App Engine. It recently forked its environments, so now the local and cloud environments are slightly different for some of the configurations -- I can't tell you how many nights I have lost sleep because of environments being slightly different! Development and hosting are two completely different things. What Microsoft did is one-upped Google and Amazon...

Microsoft Azure Now Available Through Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace

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Strengthening its Ecosystem of Cloud, Ingram Micro Inc. today announced the availability of Microsoft Azure on the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace in the United States.

Demonstrating its commitment to driving the growth of cloud sales in the region, Ingram Micro is now offering Azure via the Microsoft Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program, enabling channel partners to deliver Microsoft cloud solutions using a true consumption-based model. The fully automated process empowers channel partners to seamlessly purchase, provision, bill in a pay-as-you-go plan, and manage Azure while benefitting from topline revenue, ownership of the customer relationship, and quicker business transformation.

Cirba Study of AWS, Azure and SoftLayer Shows Key Steps to Dramatically Reducing Costs

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Cirba Inc., the leading provider of software-defined infrastructure control software released the results of a study it conducted on factors impacting the cost of leveraging Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and IBM SoftLayer. The study revealed that workload patterns and hosting models can dramatically impact the cost of leveraging public cloud in ways that people might not expect.

New Secure Cloud Services for Azure Subscriptions Help ISVs and Customers Protect and Secure Their Clouds

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Project Hosts, a CSP and leading provider of Secure Cloud Services for Azure and hosted Microsoft solutions, announced today a new generation of Azure Managed Services with Extended Security. ISVs, enterprise organizations, and government agencies can utilize these security services in an Azure environment to fully comply with today's most rigorous industry security standards including Department of Defense IL4, FedRAMP, NIST 800-53 and ISO 27001+. Stop by Project Hosts' booth # 1725 at Microsoft Envision to discuss your cloud security options.

IncrediBuild Seamlessly Transforms Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines into a Super Computer

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IncrediBuild, the leading development acceleration solution provider, announced today at Microsoft's //build/ conference that it is now a Microsoft Azure Marketplace certified vendor. This new integration into the Microsoft Azure platform dramatically impacts development speed in the cloud.

As a direct result, developers will be able to launch an IncrediBuild Azure virtual machine, thus saving time on any prior configuration, allowing them to seamlessly scale to hundreds of cores regardless of the VM size limitation.

Cloud Cruiser for Azure Public Cloud Now Offered on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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Following increased demand from Microsoft Azure customers, Cloud Cruiser, a provider of cloud analytics solutions, today announced the availability of Cloud Cruiser for Azure Public Cloud in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Cloud Cruiser is also offering six months free usage of this product for a limited timeframe. As Azure usage increases, it is important for a customer to analyze consumption and spending in order to optimize services for greater business agility. 

"Cloud Cruiser has collaborated with Microsoft since 2012, delivering cloud analytics solutions to enterprises and service providers utilizing Microsoft Azure Public Cloud, Windows Pack and System Center," said Paul Tilston, vice president of sales and alliances, Cloud Cruiser. "This Azure Marketplace offering for all Azure EA accounts helps track consumption with confidence and gives fast insights into usage and costs, better enabling customers to deliver the right services at the right time.  We believe this is a must-have capability as you move more workloads to Azure," added Tilston.


Now Available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, Jitterbit Rapidly Connects Azure, Dynamics, SQL Server to Modern Cloud Apps

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Jitterbit, the modern cloud integration vendor, today announced that its Jitterbit Harmony integration platform is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace, making it faster and easier than ever to enhance the power of Microsoft applications with seamless connections to modern cloud applications. Jitterbit has developed an innovative way for customers to automatically download Jitterbit Harmony from Azure as a fully scalable and elastic hybrid integration engine with everything needed to connect individual Microsoft solutions -- ranging from the full Dynamics suite to collaboration solutions like SharePoint, or SQL Server and CSV files for analysis -- to each other and to external applications and systems. Jitterbit also helps developers build custom apps and solutions that are ready to connect to the Microsoft cloud ecosystem, rounding out the vision and momentum of the Azure Marketplace.

Microsoft Azure is the leading cloud computing platform for modern businesses, and its marketplace offers a growing collection of integrated cloud apps and services. Eighty percent of the Fortune 500 is already on the Microsoft Cloud and 1,000 new customers sign up for Azure every day. The Azure Marketplace serves as an online store for thousands of certified, open source, and community software applications, developer services, and data, all pre-configured for Azure.

CloudBolt Announces Availability of Their Cloud Management Platform in Microsoft Azure Marketplace

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To meet growing demand for Microsoft Azure on its proven cloud delivery platform, CloudBolt Software is now available in the Microsoft Azure Marketplace. Customers can quickly deploy CloudBolt with Microsoft Azure from the Azure Marketplace portal to manage servers, applications, and environments across a wide range of virtualization and cloud providers.

As enterprise use of cloud computing grows, there is increasing demand for vendor-agnostic multi-cloud management. CloudBolt delivers IT automation and end-user self-service through a simply powerful console. Administrators can control their virtualization environments, private clouds, and public clouds all from a single interface, and they can present services and applications to end users through an intuitive user portal.

Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview Available for Download - Enter Hybrid Cloud

Article written by David Marshall


Microsoft has finally released the first technical preview of its new Azure Stack offering, the company's customized cloud bundle, after being delayed for a number of months.

So what is Azure Stack all about? 

It is Microsoft's new hybrid cloud platform product designed to provide organizations with the ability to deliver Azure services from their own on-premises data center in a way that remains consistent with the current public cloud version of Azure.