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Microsoft bolsters channel strategy and licensing models for Azure

Cloud is prompting channel providers to invest more in being service integrators. But service providers see distributors largely as providers of tech support for cloud services

In a bid to give its Azure cloud services an extra push through the channel Microsoft announced an open licensing programme this week that will see the company expand the number of ways Azure can be consumed by end users. Microsoft said the move will help channel partners, which have at times struggled as they shift to selling cloud services, by enabling them to offer Azure-based services in a more flexibly procurable way.

Microsoft buys GreenButton to bolster HPC in Azure

Microsoft said Thursday that it has reached a deal to acquire GreenButton, which provides an HPC-focused, multi-platform PaaS

Enterprise software giant Microsoft announced Thursday that it has reached an agreement to acquire GreenButton, a provider of cloud-based high performance computing software platform. Microsoft’s general manager of windows server and server virtualization Mike Neil said the move will bolster Azure’s ability to service computation-heavy workloads.

Dark fibre to inspire more confidence in cloud, says Verizon

Verizon announced the launch of its Secure Cloud Interconnect service (SCI) this week, which will use private IPs to connect its cloud and multiple cloud platforms together

American telco Verizon announced the launch of a Secure Cloud Interconnect service (SCI) this week, using private IP addresses to connect its cloud and multiple cloud platforms together, beginning initially with Microsoft Azure. Michael Palmer, vice president of product development for Verizon said linking cloud platforms with private links will help inspire confidence in cloud service once again, which has waxed and waned over the past year.

Microsoft’s enterprise mobility strategy: too little too late?

Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella introduced a slew of mobile and cloud-focused updates Thursday, five weeks into taking the reins

Microsoft officially announced Thursday what most have anticipated for some time, Office 365 for iOS, and an enterprise mobility management suite tying many of the company’s existing elements – Active Directory, Intune, etc. – together. But while finally surrendering old world Microsoft thinking is certainly something to commend, in addition to a notable update on the back-end, it’s worth asking whether Microsoft can regain lost ground in the mobile enterprise.

Microsoft confirms Nadella as CEO

Satya Nadella, chief executive officer at Microsoft replaces Steve Ballmer

Microsoft announced Tuesday that Satya Nadella will indeed take on the role of chief executive officer at the software company effective immediately. The company’s founder Bill Gates will also be stepping down as chairman to assume a more hands-on role on the board as a technology advisor.

Microsoft extends Azure to 90 new markets through partnerships

Microsoft launched a new Azure partnership network, extending its cloud platform to third party datacentres in over 90 new markets

In a bid to bolster its public cloud solutions to enterprise end users and cloud service providers alike Microsoft announced Thursday that the company will extend its IaaS / PaaS platform Windows Azure to a global network of partners. The move gives the software giant access to over four hundred datacentres globally from which to deliver its cloud services.

Cloudera beefs up partnerships to bolster big data in the cloud

Cloudera said the newly announced partnerships will bolster enterprise penetration

Big data platform provider Cloudera today announced a slew of new partnerships with a number of cloud infrastructure service providers including Savvis, Verizon, Softlayer and T-Systems. The company said the move will help bolster enterprise penetration of its big data services, despite the notable absence of the big three – Amazon, Google and Microsoft.

Dell to deliver cloud application services for Windows Azure

Dell Services is partnering with Microsoft to offer application development and migration services to Azure customers

Dell Services earlier this week announced that it will extend its partnership with Microsoft offer a portfolio of cloud application services to be delivered on the Windows Azure platform.