Microsoft Not Giving Up Against Amazon - The War Rages On

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Goldman Sachs recently upgraded Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to buy from neutral, and raised price target to $68 from $60. Goldman Sachs believes that Microsoft's gross profit will grow at an accelerating pace and gross profit margin will improve due to Azure's cloud opportunities.

Since profitability is a matter of managerial accounting and difficult to predict, I'm not sure about profitability. However, I believe Microsoft's revenue will rise significantly going forward since the company is offering customers the world's most sophisticated, advanced and diversified container support via its recent launch of Windows Server 2016. Containers also will help Microsoft win the war against Amazon's (NASDAQ:AMZN) AWS despite the latter's recent deal with VMware (NYSE:VMW).

World's Largest Organizations Depend on AppDynamics Integrated With Microsoft's Cloud Platform

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AppDynamics, a leading application intelligence company, announced today advanced support for monitoring digital businesses in real-time in hybrid cloud environments built using Microsoft Azure, which is available via AppDynamics Exchange. The world’s largest enterprises can accelerate their digital transformations by enhancing application and business monitoring with AppDynamics on Azure platforms.

As enterprises in every industry digitally transform their businesses to meet modern consumers' demands, AppDynamics is bolstering its role as a digital accelerator in that process with the expanded Azure support. AppDynamics gives enterprises the confidence to deploy digital solutions for business-critical functions knowing that they have uninterrupted, end-to-end visibility across public, private and hybrid cloud environments. With AppDynamics Application Performance Management powered by the App iQ Platform, enterprises have flexibility to cost-effectively deploy and manage application workloads and the digital businesses built on them.

3 Shades Of Hybrid Cloud CIOs Can Choose From

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With the emergence of cloud computing, companies are still grappling with a dilemma, as to whether a cloud infrastructure would suit their company’s operations at all. However, for those that have moved to the space of using cloud, have found multiple benefits of hybrid cloud computing, which combines the attributes of an on-premise cloud infrastructure, with that of a public cloud. With flexibilities in many aspects of the design, companies can choose among many designs or varieties of hybrid cloud computing, which can further be tailored to their needs.

- The On premise public cloud

Hillstone CloudEdge is Microsoft Azure Certified and Available in Azure Marketplace

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Hillstone Networks, a leading provider of network security solutions, today announced that the Hillstone virtual firewall solution, CloudEdge, based on its Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) technology, is now available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace in standard and advanced editions. Azure Marketplace offers integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services to make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, web and Internet of Things (IoT) applications faster and more efficiently. The Hillstone virtual solution integrates with multiple security services, including firewall security, application identification and threat protection, to ensure security for cloud deployments.

Features and benefits from Hillstone Networks include:

Position Imaging to Build Its Package and Asset Tracking System on Microsoft Azure

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Position Imaging, Inc. announced today that its cloud-based Package and Asset Tracking Systems (PAATS) will be built on Microsoft Azure.

Announcing Azure Analysis Services Preview

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We are pleased to announce the public preview of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services, the latest addition to our data platform in the cloud. Based on the proven analytics engine in SQL Server Analysis Services, Azure Analysis Services is an enterprise grade OLAP engine and BI modeling platform, offered as a fully managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Azure Analysis Services enables developers and BI professionals to create BI Semantic Models that can power highly interactive and rich analytical experiences in BI tools (such as Power BI and Excel) and custom applications.

Talon Announces Enhanced Feature Set for All New CloudFAST 4.0

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Talon, the leading provider of Microsoft enterprise file sharing and collaboration solutions for distributed locations, today announced the general availability of the latest version of its flagship CloudFAST solution. In addition to numerous visibility, scalability and awareness enhancements, CloudFAST 4.0, enables an entirely new cloud based model for procurement, licensing, deployment and provisioning. Further, CloudFAST now includes flexible, cost-effective and comprehensive infrastructure monitoring for predictable performance and availability of vital applications in private cloud, public cloud-based deployment and traditional enterprise deployments. 

By leveraging CloudFAST's Microsoft Windows based intelligent file caching technology, distributed enterprises are achieving unprecedented centralization and consolidation of unstructured data, enabling collaboration all while taking performance to new levels, even across global geographies. CloudFAST eliminates distributed enterprise storage complexity and backups allowing organizations to manage data at a single location in an enterprise datacenter or a cloud datacenter while delivering high performance, consistent file access and sharing at geographically dispersed locations. With CloudFAST, all remote users experience real-time access to corporate storage and file shares as if they were in the same office even if the actual data is stored in data centers thousands of miles away.

Cherwell Announces Availability of the Orchestration Pack for Microsoft Azure

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Cherwell Software, a global leader in IT service management (ITSM) solutions, announced today the availability of the Orchestration Pack for Microsoft Azure on the Cherwell mApp Exchange. Available at no cost to all Cherwell customers, the Orchestration Pack for Azure works seamlessly in tandem with Cherwell Service Management, Cherwell's award-winning ITSM platform, enabling its customers to better manage Azure workloads and VMs.

This Cherwell Service Management Orchestration Pack for Azure enables customers to automate and streamline the service request, provisioning, and change processes for Azure virtual machines (VMs). Users can easily procure and modify Azure VMs using an intuitive self-service portal, and IT departments can apply policies and processes for creating and maintaining VMs. Plus, because requests and changes live within Cherwell Service Management as the system of record, IT teams can track and document the path of work, improving governance while enhancing communications and services to their business users.

Viptela SD-WAN Platform Adds Support for Microsoft Azure Cloud

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Viptela, Inc., the Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN) company, today announced that its SD-WAN platform can extend a customer’s Wide Area Network (WAN) into the Microsoft Azure public cloud environment. An Enterprise can now treat their Azure Virtual Network (VNET) resource as a branch and benefit from all the SD-WAN capabilities offered by the Viptela platform. All Viptela elements can also be deployed on a Hyper-V hypervisor. 

5nine Software Announces Solution for Helping Enterprises Accelerate the Economic Value of Microsoft Azure

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5nine Software, a Microsoft Gold Partner and the leading provider of Hyper-V security and management solutions, today released 5nine V2V Easy Converter 7.0, a VMware to Hyper-V conversion solution that enables enterprises to quickly and efficiently migrate VMware virtual machines to cloud-based Microsoft Azure and on premises Hyper-V infrastructures.

5nine V2V Easy Converter 7.0 simplifies and accelerates VMware to Microsoft migration projects, enabling enterprises to more quickly realize the economic value of virtualizing their IT infrastructure on Azure and Hyper-V. The solution performs fast, non-intrusive conversions with the highest ratio of success in the market.