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Cloud now makes up one third of Microsoft revenues as Azure soars


Microsoft made $9.4 billion from cloud computing in its last quarter with the 140% rise of Azure revenue surpassing expectations and over shadowing other areas of business.

Microsoft unveils new Azure Stack migration strategy


Microsoft is to build its Azure Stack by increments on a foundation of consistency and continuity, it has pledged.

AWS, Azure and Google intensify cloud price war


As price competition intensifies among the top three cloud service providers, one analyst has warned that cloud buyers should not get drawn into a race to the bottom.

Azure to lift elevators into the cloud with IoT-based maintenance service

Elevator lift cloud

The world’s one billion lift users could benefit from a new cloud based system which could elevate the mode of transport from ‘out of service’ to ‘as a service’, through a series of technical improvements.

Hortonworks buys SequenceIQ to speed up cloud deployment of Hadoop


Hortonworks has acquired SequenceIQ, a Hungary-based startup delivering infrastructure agnostic tools to improve Hadoop deployments. The company said the move will bolster its ability to offer speedy cloud deployments of Hadoop.

Microsoft beats rivals to certify under new public cloud security standard

Microsoft claims to be the first to adopt ISO/IEC 27018

Microsoft has adopted a relatively new ISO standard that specifies measures to protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in public cloud environments. The company claims it is the first public cloud provider to do so.

Microsoft strengthens SaaS, hybrid cloud, Big Data

Microsoft is preparing a slew of enterprise cloud offerings for October, November

Microsoft is readying a wave of fall updates to its enterprise cloud offerings as the software giant looks to nudge public and private sector enterprise customers ever closer towards its public infrastructure as a service by beefing up its SaaS, hybrid and big data offerings.

Microsoft Research launches Azure initiative for scientists

Microsoft wants to learn more about how well scientific applications work on Azure

Microsoft Research has launched a programme delivering the Windows Azure platform to research scientists to run experiments and big data tasks in the cloud, giving the company more insight into the cloud needs of the broader scientific community.

Microsoft to bring ‘Open Java’ to Azure cloud, Windows Server

The partnership will see MS Open Tech and Azul Systems deliver an Open JDK-based distro for Azure and Windows Server

MS Open Tech, Microsoft’s open source-focused subsidiary announced a partnership with Azul Systems on Wednesday that will see the two bring the Open JDK implementation to Windows Server and the Windows Azure platform.