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Microsoft Azure is blasting off to space with SpaceX’s Starlink satellites. Microsoft and Elon Musk’s company will be partnering to connect the Microsoft Azure cloud computing network to the Starlink internet service. A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced Azure Orbital, a way for satellites to connect to the cloud. With this new partnership, Azure Orbital will likely expand and provide more options for a growing satellite internet market. Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX president and COO, said that “The collaboration that we’re announcing today will allow us to work together to deliver new offerings for both the public and the private sector to deliver connectivity through Starlink... Read more...
Recently, an article entitled “Last phase of the desktop wars?” poses an interesting notion and question, that is both polarizing and provocative, regarding the future of Microsoft's OS strategy. What is next for Windows? As the author of the article, open source software developer and advocate Eric S. Raymond notes, Microsoft has added features to Windows to better align it with Linux. He also suggests that the divide between Linux and Windows could eventually shrink until the two operating systems essentially become one. As he puts it, Linux would win the desktop wars, “not by displacing Windows but by co-opting it. Perhaps this is always how it had to be.”... Read more...
As artificial intelligence expands exponentially, the hardware powering it must expand as well. Therefore, Microsoft’s Azure is announcing their powerful ND A100 v4 virtual machine series. Each device will be kitted out with eight impressive NVIDIA Ampere A100 Tensor Core GPUs. The ND A100 v4 won’t work alone, however, as the Azure blog post states that, “Just like the human brain is composed of interconnected neurons, our ND A100 v4-based clusters can scale up to thousands of GPUs with an unprecedented 1.6 Tb/s of interconnect bandwidth per VM.” When this horsepower is put together and scaled properly, any level of AI work can be accomplished. Azure claims that the bandwidth... Read more...
Microsoft recently announced that it teamed up with OpenAI to create one of the world's fastest supercomputers running on the Azure infrastructure. The supercomputer project received a $1 billion investment from Microsoft, and while it hasn't offered complete details on the machine, it has said the supercomputer has 285,000 cores and would have ranked in the top five of the TOP500 supercomputer rankings. The only other specifications that Microsoft offers on the supercomputer is that the machine has 10,000 GPUs and 400 Gb/s of networking connectivity per server. With Microsoft claiming that the machine would've been in the top five of the supercomputer rankings, it would need to reach more than... Read more...
There has been a sharp rise in the number of people who are working at home as of late, because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Social distancing is the recommended course of action to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (along with frequent hand washing). Fortunately, the Internet infrastructure is mostly passing the test of this unique time we find ourselves in, and yes, parts of it are being strained, such as Microsoft's Azure cloud services. In a recent update to its Azure blog, Microsoft revealed that it has seen a massive 775 percent increase in its cloud services in regions where social distancing and/or stay-at-home orders are being enforced. It has also seen a big spike in Teams usage—it... Read more...
Microsoft has been on a big services push under Satya Nadella’s helm, which means that its customers are becoming increasingly reliant on its cloud platforms. However, this over-reliance on the cloud also means that business customers can be left in a lurch any time that Microsoft experiences an outage. Customers are feeling the effects hard today, as multi-factor authentication (MFA) for multiple Microsoft products is currently experiencing an outage. Affected products include Office 365 and Microsoft Azure, with customers unable to login to either service with MFA. The login issue is occurring because users are not receiving authentication requests via SMS messages or via a phone call... Read more...
Users running Linux on Microsoft Azure have now outpaced the number of users running Windows Server on Azure. The revelation comes from a Microsoft Linux kernel developer named Sasha Levin. Levin made the comment in a request that Microsoft be allowed to join a Linux security list. The use of Linux on Azure has grown exponentially over the last few years. Three and a half years ago Azure CTO Mark Russinovich said that one in four Azure instances was Linux. In 2017 Microsoft said that 40% of Azure VMs were Linux-based. Last year, ZDNet was told by Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive VP of the cloud and enterprise group, that about half Azure VMs were Linux. The increasing usage is no surprise;... Read more...
If you're an Azure customer running Linux Exim email servers, then Microsoft has a warning for you. Over the weekend, it was disclosed that Linux servers numbering in the millions were vulnerability to a critical security vulnerability in the Exim mail transport agent, also known as MTA. At last count roughly 3.5 million servers were susceptible to a remote execution Linux worm attack according to Cybereason, with the primary attack vector being a coin miner payload (which can present itself in multiple stages). The vulnerability was first disclosed in CVE-2019-10149 on June 5th.  Microsoft is warning Azure customers that while Exim 4.92 is not affected, Azure customers running... Read more...
Well, we can't say that we saw this one coming. Two bitter rivals in the console gaming market have announced the formation of a new partnership that will see Sony and Microsoft collaborating on "direct-to-consumer entertainment platforms and AI solutions." Sony's Kenichiro Yoshida and Microsoft's Satya Nadella At the center of this new tie-up between the gaming powerhouses is Microsoft's Azure datacenter solution. Microsoft already uses Azure for the backend of its own streaming Xbox-relating gaming services, but Sony is looking to tap into Azure to power its own game streaming and content streaming services for the PlayStation platform. Microsoft's own xCloud gaming service will launch... Read more...
Dell and Microsoft announced today that the two companies are burying the hatchet with respect to previous virtualization squabbles, and have inked an “expanded partnership” with their respective VMware and Azure platforms. Called Azure VMware Solutions, customers will now be able to run and manage fully supported VMware workloads on Azure. On stage at Dell Technologies World in Las Vegas today, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Dell CEO Michael Dell and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger discussed how these native deployments “[enable] organizations to tap into Azure’s massive scale, security, and fast provisioning cycles to innovate and modernize applications while improving performance.”... Read more...
In Microsoft's FY19 Q2 earnings release the company reported a strong end to 2018 with significant double-digit increases in both its revenue and operating income. Several aspects of Microsoft's business contributed to these increases, but the lions share of the growth was contributed by its Azure business. In a year-over-year look into Microsoft's Azure business, Q4 2018 revenue showed an uptick of 74% over the same time period in 2017. Cloud services in general appear to have performed quite well for Microsoft, and its Chief Financial Officer said that commercial cloud services experienced a 48% growth in revenue that contributed to $9.0 billion to the company's total revenue for the quarter.... Read more...
Microsoft had issues with its datacenter near San Antonio, Texas yesterday -- some of which are still ongoing -- that led to some of the server and network infrastructure equipment operating in that facility to shut down, impacting multiple major cloud services for many of its customers. The cause was a lightning strike resulting from severe storms in the area that led to what Microsoft describes as a "power voltage increase that impacted cooling systems." With cooling systems being critical in a data center, the loss of cooling meant that Microsoft's automated data center procedures to keep data and hardware from being lost or damaged began a "structured power down process." By 11:40 AM Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft is looking to the future, where it wants to be the Netflix of the gaming world. The goal is to create a game streaming service where gamers never have to buy a physical or digital game again; they simply stream whatever they want to play from the cloud. Analysts on Wall Street reckon that this is exactly what Microsoft needs to become a $1 trillion company. "We see Microsoft building out the 'Netflix of Gaming,'" Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss wrote in an investor note. "We think that gaming has historically been largely ignored, misunderstood, and undervalued by analysts and investors." Weiss isn’t the only analyst that thinks streaming gaming is the next big thing for Microsoft,... Read more...
Microsoft was once heavily criticized for deciding to sell its own hardware, and specifically the Surface. From the outside looking in, observers (and even Microsoft's own hardware partners, such as Acer) thought Microsoft was getting in over its head and underestimating how difficult it would be to compete in that space. Fast forward to today it's an entirely different story. Microsoft just posted a stellar earnings report for the first quarter of 2018, and the Surface is one of the reasons why the numbers are strong. The company's revenue increased 16 percent to $26.8 billion in Q1 2018. Microsoft also saw a 23 percent increase to $8.3 billion in operating income, and posted a healthy profit... Read more...
Microsoft is heading in a slightly different direction. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced to employees this past week that Terry Myerson, the Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, would be leaving the company. Myerson’s departure signifies Microsoft’s shift away from their Windows software to cloud platforms and artificial intelligence. Micorosft CEO Satya Nadella Myerson’s departure had already been planned for "some time”. The Duke University alumni originally founded Intersé Corporation in 1992, a company focused on website development and data mining software. Intersé Corporation was acquired by Microsoft in 1997. Myerson worked... Read more...
Microsoft has been drilling it in our heads ever since Windows 10 launched that Edge is the best browser in the land. The company has made claims about the browser's speed and its battery performance, all while at the same time touting superiority over competitors like Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Microsoft has reserved the harshest criticism for Google Chrome, which is by far the world's most popular internet browser. However, an incident involving a presenter during a Microsoft Ignite session had on egg on Microsoft's face instead of Google. The presenter was going through how to migrate your applications, databases and workloads to Microsoft Azure (the session, which was published to Microsoft's... Read more...
Cray and Microsoft have teamed up to make supercomputing performance readily available for enterprise customers. Cray and Microsoft are offering customers dedicated Cray supercomputing systems in Microsoft Azure datacenters to enable users to run AI, advanced analytics, and modeling and simulation workloads while seamlessly connected to the Azure cloud. Cray wrote, "Cray’s tightly coupled system architecture and Aries interconnect addresses the exponential demand for compute capability, real-time insights, and scalable performance needed by enterprises today. With this new partnership, Cray and Microsoft have made it easier for cloud customers to harness the power of supercomputing and multiply... Read more...
Microsoft wasn't always particularly pro-open source. In fact, for much of its history, the software giant was very much focused on its own offerings often to the detriment of anything open source. That isn't the case today with Microsoft contributing to open source projects and developing versions of its popular programs like Skype specifically for Linux. One of Microsoft's bread and butter products is Office, and there is a version of the Office suite that can be used on Linux thanks to Android. Android support is something Microsoft was forced to adopt due to Windows Phone's abysmal market share to get a foothold in the mobile world. Microsoft has now pledged even more support to the... Read more...
The numbers are in and they show that Microsoft needs to seriously consider refreshing its Surface line, and especially its Surface Pro tablets. Revenue from Microsoft's Surface products declined 26 percent year-over-year during its most recent quarter ended March 31, 2017. The only other segment to post a lost was Microsoft' Enterprise Services, which dropped 1 percent. This is where it gets tough competing in hardware, as Microsoft is finding out. Microsoft now has a somewhat fleshed out lineup of Surface products, including its relatively new Surface Book laptop and Surface Studio all-in-one PC. However, both of those product SKUs are on the higher end of the pricing spectrum and are intended... Read more...
Don’t be fooled by the form factor and your initial impressions -- what we have before us is not a typical smartphone. Well, technically we suppose it is, but the experience is not intended to replace your commonplace iPhone, Galaxy S, or other handset. In fact, you should not even consider running to your nearest wireless carrier to pick one up. No, instead HP is billing the Elite x3 as a corporate device flexible enough to eliminate company-issued laptops and workstations for many users. This sounds like quite a tall order. Certainly, many professionals do rely on powerful number crunching machines. This isn’t aimed at dual-Xeon monstrosities -- at least not yet. For a majority of business... Read more...
Artificial intelligence is at the center of several evolving and next-generation products and services, everything from video games and smartphones (virtual digital assistants and messaging) to self-driving cars and web searchers. It has the attention of companies small and large, including NVIDIA and Microsoft, the two of which are partnering to push AI technologies more aggressively into the enterprise. What this essentially boils down to is pairing NVIDIA's DGX-1 supercomputer with Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. The idea is to "help companies join the AI revolution" and this partnership means enterprises now have an AI platform that spans from their data center to Microsoft's cloud. "Every... Read more...
Microsoft's been laser focused on the cloud as of late, and in particular the growing Internet of Things (IoT) market that's comprised of Internet connected devices. With an eye towards the industrial side, Microsoft and GE are partnering up to bring the latter's Predix platform to the former's Azure cloud service. It's the first step towards what the two companies envision as a broad strategic collaboration. "Every industry and every company around the world is being transformed by digital technology,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement. "Working with companies like GE, we can reach a new set of customers to help them accelerate their transformation across every line of business... Read more...
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