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ARBA Retail Systems Releases Point of Sale Cloud Solutions That Run on Microsoft Azure

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ARBA Retail Systems, a technology leader in POS and Cashless Payment solutions, leverages the Microsoft Azure platform to give clients strong Business Intelligence and data analytics.

ARBA Retail System’s complete suite of Point of Sale Cloud Solutions run on Microsoft Azure providing us and our customers with significant benefits that are unrivaled by any other Cloud platform.

Microsoft Azure is ranked by Gartner as the only major cloud platform that is the leader for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), and a strong Platform as a Service (PaaS). Running on Microsoft Azure provides ARBA clients with a completely seamless and integrated solution package.
 

Microsoft is now trying to use Google's secret cloud weapon against it

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On Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled the Azure Container Service, a new service for the Azure cloud computing platform that's built on Kubernetes — a mega-popular open source cloud technology built by Google.

Kubernetes is a software project that started out as a way for Google to manage its massive server infrastructure and has since become a  go-to tool for modern software developers .

While the market-leading Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure both offer some kind of support for Kubernetes, Google Cloud prides itself on being the first and best place to use the software, given that it was invented there.
 

Logicalis US Announces Expansion of its Microsoft Azure IaaS Solutions

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Enterprise CXOs today are rapidly adopting a "cloud first" approach to their organizations' growing IT infrastructure needs. While some compute functions are still best managed on premise, an extensible hybrid cloud IT strategy can deliver a more cost-effective, pay-as-you-go model that increases the agility needed in a modern workplace while decreasing capital expenditures.  To help, Logicalis US, an international IT solutions and managed services provider (www.us.logicalis.com), announced today the expansion of its cloud-first infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities, offering enterprise customers the assistance they need to migrate key workloads to the Microsoft Azure cloud.

"Our goal is to support our customers' cloud-first visions by helping them put their infrastructure in the cloud," says Wendy McQuiston, Director of Microsoft Professional Services, Logicalis US. "With Azure, we can take those workloads that have traditionally resided in a data center, taking up server rack space, requiring cooling and cabling and on-premise maintenance and management, and move that into the cloud. The move to the cloud offers organizations greater agility, the ability to obtain innovative services, and improved time-to-market for desired solutions.  Additionally, many customers find that shifting the financial model from a cap-ex to a more cost-effective, pay-as-you-go op-ex model is advantageous." 

Cray supercomputing comes to Microsoft Azure to boost AI workloads in the cloud

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A new alliance between Cray and Microsoft will bring Cray's supercomputing capabilities to Microsoft's Azure cloud, in an effort to help businesses more easily scale workloads for artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, modeling, and more, according to a Monday press release.

The partnership will enable new capabilities for businesses in the cloud, but it will also help broaden the reach of Cray's capabilities, the release said. Customers who may have previously been unable to access an on-premise Cray system will now have an option to engage its features in the cloud.

"By working with Cray to provide dedicated supercomputers in Azure, we are offering customers uncompromising performance and scalability that enables a host of new previously unimaginable scenarios in the public cloud," Microsoft Azure corporate vice president Jason Zander said in the release. "More importantly, we're moving customers into a new era by empowering them to use HPC and AI to drive breakthrough advances in science, engineering and health."
 

Tech Data Adds Veeam Cloud Connect on Azure to StreamOne Cloud Marketplace

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Tech Data Corporation today announced that it has added Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise deployed on Microsoft Azure to the StreamOne Cloud Marketplace, the distributor's platform for end-to-end provisioning and billing of software and cloud services. The offering is available in the U.S. and Europe.

Veeam Cloud Connect for the Enterprise makes it easy for Veeam customers to extend their backup infrastructure to different clouds, and for service providers to offer both Backup-as-a-Service or complete availability solutions. Veeam software allows customers to maintain full control of their data through easily scheduled and managed backups to Azure that apply appropriate archiving and retention policies to meet their specified requirements. Its end-to-end encryption ensures that data is always secure, at source and in transit.

Tripwire's Cloud Management Assessor Now Supports Microsoft Azure

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Tripwire, Inc. announced that Tripwire Cloud Management Assessor, an extension of its flagship Tripwire Enterprise solution, now supports Microsoft Azure. Announced earlier this year, with initial focus on supporting Amazon Web Services (AWS) environments, Cloud Management Assessor helps organizations strengthen their cybersecurity and maintain compliance, and it now allows users to scan and assess the configuration states of their Azure environments.

"New security considerations come with the continued adoption of cloud technologies, so we're working to provide more solutions that help organizations maintain secure and compliant states across their evolving environments," said Dave Meltzer, chief technology officer of Tripwire. "Earlier this year, we announced support for AWS based on the Center for Internet Security AWS Foundations Benchmark. We've taken the initiative of putting together configuration recommendations for Azure and can offer a solution that customers can use today."

Cloudian Announces HyperCloud Multi-Cloud for Microsoft Azure

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Cloudian, an innovation leader in enterprise object storage systems, today announced the availability of Cloudian HyperCloud for Microsoft Azure, bringing Cloudian's industry-leading, comprehensive S3 API interface to Azure Blob Storage. HyperCloud for Azure is a fully supported, customer-proven, enterprise-grade solution that lets users connect their S3-compatible applications to Azure Blob Storage.

HyperCloud software runs fully virtualized within the Azure cloud platform and delivers scalable performance via parallel access across multiple Azure Virtual Machines. As a true bi-modal, multi-cloud, converged solution, data ingested into Azure Blob Storage is stored in native Azure Blob format. This allows stored data to be accessed by the full Azure application ecosystem, such as PowerBI, Azure Machine Learning, or Cortana Analytics.

"Cloudian HyperCloud for Azure is a game-changer for public cloud storage, enabling true bi-modal data storage across multiple cloud environments," said Michael Tso, Cloudian CEO and co-founder. "For the first time, customers have a fully supported, enterprise-ready solution to access their choice of cloud platforms from their S3-compliant applications. Customers can be up and running in minutes by launching HyperCloud from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace."

DXC Technology Announces Service Offerings for Microsoft Azure to Enable Digital Transformation in a Hybrid Cloud Environment

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DXC Technology announced new application and managed service offerings for Microsoft Azure and Azure Stack that provide a wide range of services to accelerate and efficiently scale digital strategies across both public and private clouds. 

"Enterprises and public sector clients are facing increasing business pressures and regulatory changes that are accelerating the need for flexible, scalable cloud solutions," said Dan Hushon, senior vice president, chief technology officer, DXC Technology. "They need to optimize operations and performance across platforms to decrease costs and increase agility - all while maintaining compliance.

"The services we're announcing today help clients with their Microsoft Azure strategies by providing the specialized tools, methods and skills needed to build, modernize, transform and migrate applications," Hushon continued. "They demonstrate commitment to strengthen our relationship with Microsoft to deliver services for Azure that empower enterprises to thrive in today's dynamic business landscape."

Caringo Announces Swarm Hybrid Cloud for Microsoft Azure

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Caringo announced today the availability of Caringo Swarm Hybrid Cloud for Microsoft Azure, allowing its customers to replicate files from S3, NFS, and HDFS to Azure in the Azure native Blob format. By seamlessly converting files from an S3 object, Caringo object, Azure Blob or NFS accessible file, you can send files to Azure for analysis, protection and long-term archive.

Most organizations are quickly outgrowing their traditional network attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) devices and data growth continues to outpace storage resources and strain budgets. Organizations need to combine the security of a private cloud with the efficiency and additional services of a public cloud. Caringo Swarm Hybrid Cloud for Microsoft Azure provides the flexibility and agility to execute computing tasks, while keeping the most vital components behind your company's firewall.

NTT Com Expands DRaaS Offering by Leveraging Microsoft Azure Site Recovery

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Today at Microsoft Ignite 2017NTT Communications Corporation (NTT Com), the information and communications technology (ICT) solutions business within the NTT Group, announced that it has enhanced its Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) offering by leveraging Microsoft Azure Site Recovery. Providing capabilities previously too expensive or complex for on-premises solutions, the new DRaaS offering enables replication of enterprise workloads to an NTT Com data center or Microsoft Azure, assuring real-time business continuity (BC) in the case of unexpected server failures or planned downtime.

One of the world's largest cloud, network and data center providers, NTT Com has brought its global IT capabilities to DRaaS; and for the last several years, leading technology analysts have positioned NTT Com as one of the top providers in this space. An automated disaster recovery software solution, Microsoft Azure Site Recovery is built upon the capabilities of Azure, named by Gartner as a leader in multiple cloud categories. The integration of Azure Site Recovery within NTT Com's managed services platform provides a powerful, flexible and affordable enterprise solution that overcomes limitations and reduces costs.