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Google Cloud adds Microsoft support as Windows Server 2003 reaches EOL

Google made Windows Server support generally available this week

Making good on commitments the cloud provider made in December last year Google has announced general availability of Windows Server on the Google Cloud Platform. The move comes the same week Windows Server 2003 reached its end of life.

Fujitsu, Microsoft collaborate on Azure, Internet of Things

Fujitsu and Microsoft are partnering on IoT for farming and agricutlure

Fujitsu and Microsoft announced an Internet of Things partnership focused on blending the former’s devices and IoT services for agriculture and manufacturing, powered by Windows software and Azure cloud services.

Google Cloud now accepting Windows apps

Google want Windows users to put their apps in its clou

Google has announced a series of updates to its cloud platform that will see the cloud incumbent offer great support for Windows licenses and applications.

Azure outage raises questions about public cloud for mission-critical apps

Azure's outages raises questions about the suitability of public cloud platforms for mission-critical applications

Microsoft Azure has been hit by yet another global outage, this time impacting even its own online Office services and websites. The outage raises serious questions about whether these kinds of public cloud platforms are ready for mission-critical workloads.

Royal Caribbean Cruises navigates deal with Microsoft on cloud-powered tablets

Royal Caribbean is deploying 40,000 Windows tablets powered by a range of Micrososft  cloud services in October

Royal Caribbean Cruises has sealed a deal with Microsoft that will see the cruise operator deploy 40,000 Windows 8.1 tablets for crew members globally.

Google buys Ventures-backed MDM firm Divide

Google acquired a an Android-focused MDM provider Divide for an undisclosed sum

Divide, a company specialising in mobile device management and application sandboxing on the Android platform has been acquired by Google, the company said Tuesday. The move may bolster Google’s pitch to enterprises and help push Android past iOS in the corporate world.

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.

Windows-on-Linux gurus open source management console to Cloud Foundry

Uhuru is open sourcing its  Windows app support and  management console, based on Cloud Foundry

Uhuru Software, a company specialising in delivering Microsoft platforms support for Linux on Monday announced the release of Windows support and a management console for Cloud Foundry to the open source community.

GoDaddy’s new CIO to “take everything to the cloud”

Arne Josefsberg, executive vice president, chief infrastructure officer and chief information officer at GoDaddy

Internet domain registrar and cloud hosting provider GoDaddy announced the appointment of tech industry veteran Arne Josefsberg as its new executive vice president, chief infrastructure officer and chief information officer this week. Josefsberg told Business Cloud News that as the business expands further into the cloud and hosting business he plans to invest more in open source technologies as he shifts (eventually all of) the company’s internal systems over to the cloud.

Google, HP public cloud offerings hit general availability but still trail Amazon

Google Compute Engine and HP's Open Stack-based public cloud platforms became generally available today

Google’s long-touted public cloud platform, Google Compute Engine, was released for general availability Tuesday, joined by HP’s Open Stack-based public cloud. But while both public cloud platforms have launched with some noteworthy features, a lack of breadth and – in the case of HP – a slew of technical issues suggest AWS is likely to continue its six year lead in the public cloud game. At least for the time being.

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