Showing posts with label Azure. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Azure. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Microsoft Azure revenue leaps ahead 51% yoy

 Microsoft reported Q2 revenue of $46.2 billion, up increased 21%, and net income of $16.5 billion, up 47% yoy. Diluted earnings per share was $2.17 and increased 49%.


“We are innovating across the technology stack to help organizations drive new levels of tech intensity across their business,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our results show that when we execute well and meet customers’ needs in differentiated ways in large and growing markets, we generate growth, as we’ve seen in our commercial cloud – and in new franchises we’ve built, including gaming, security, and LinkedIn, all of which surpassed $10 billion in annual revenue over the past three years.”

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $14.7 billion and increased 25% (up 21% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 20% (up 15% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 25% (up 20% in constant currency)
  • Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 18% (up 15% in constant currency) and Microsoft 365 Consumer subscribers increased to 51.9 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 46% (up 42% in constant currency) driven by Marketing Solutions growth of 97% (up 91% in constant currency)
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 33% (up 26% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 49% (up 42% in constant currency)

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $17.4 billion and increased 30% (up 26% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 34% (up 29% in constant currency) driven by Azure revenue growth of 51% (up 45% in constant currency)

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $14.1 billion and increased 9% (up 6% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue decreased 3%
  • Windows Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 20% (up 14% in constant currency)
  • Xbox content and services revenue decreased 4% (down 7% in constant currency)
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 53% (up 49% in constant currency)
  • Surface revenue decreased 20% (down 23% in constant currency)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Investor/earnings/FY-2021-Q4/press-release-webcast



Monday, July 12, 2021

Microsoft and NEC expand strategic partnership

Microsoft and NEC announced a new multi-year strategic partnership focused on Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365 and NEC’s 5G, network and IT expertise.

Key points:

  • NEC will adopt Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform to help customers transform their business models and empower employees with more personalized work styles in the post-pandemic world.  
  • NEC will migrate its on-premises IT environment to Azure and deploy Azure Virtual Desktop and other Azure services to NEC Group’s 110,00 employees around the world.  
  • NEC and Microsoft will leverage Microsoft’s Intelligent Edge solutions and NEC’s private 5G networking technologies to help customers improve operations and customer experience.  

The companies said their expanded partnership will bring new digital services for public sector and enterprise customers through workplace and workforce transformation, including Microsoft’s Intelligent Edge solutions and NEC’s private 5G networking technologies, the companies will work together to help customers across industries transform. 

“As we’ve seen over the past year, digital adoption curves are accelerating across every industry and business function,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “Our strategic partnership with NEC brings together the power of Azure and Microsoft 365 with NEC’s services and infrastructure expertise to help public and private sector customers build resilience and transform during this era of rapid change.”

“NEC is pleased to enter into this strategic collaboration with Microsoft Corp.,” said Takayuki Morita, president and CEO of NEC Corporation. “With Microsoft’s trusted cloud and services, the experience that NEC has cultivated in its own systems, and both companies’ AI and IoT technologies, we will enable companies globally to use digital services that are safer and more secure than ever before as they progress with digital initiatives.”

AT&T to power its network with Microsoft Azure for Operators

AT&T will power its mobile network on Microsoft's Azure for Operators cloud starting with the 5G and migrating existing and future workloads over time. Microsoft will assume responsibility for both software development and deployment of AT&T’s Network Cloud immediately and bring AT&T’s existing network cloud to Azure over the next three years. Financial terms were not disclosed.Under an expanded strategic alliance between the firms, AT&T...

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Pentagon reopens $10 billion cloud contract

The U.S. Department of Defense is canceling the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud infrastructure contract awarded to Microsoft in late 2019.

In a press release, the Pentagon said the existing JEDI Cloud contract no longer meets its needs due to evolving requirements. However, the DoD "continues to have unmet cloud capability gaps for enterprise-wide, commercial cloud services at all three classification levels that work at the tactical edge, at scale -- these needs have only advanced in recent years with efforts such as Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) and the Artificial Intelligence and Data Acceleration (ADA) initiative."

"JEDI was developed at a time when the Department’s needs were different and both the CSPs technology and our cloud conversancy was less mature. In light of new initiatives like JADC2 and AI and Data Acceleration (ADA), the evolution of the cloud ecosystem within DoD, and changes in user requirements to leverage multiple cloud environments to execute mission, our landscape has advanced and a new way-ahead is warranted to achieve dominance in both traditional and non-traditional warfighting domains," said John Sherman, acting DoD Chief Information Officer. 

The DoD will now open a new, multi-vendor Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC) contract and said it will seek proposals from Microsoft and AWS, since "available market research indicates that these two vendors are the only Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) capable of meeting the Department’s requirements."
 

Microsoft wins $10 billion cloud contract with U.S. Department of Defense

The U.S. Department of Defense awarded an enterprise general-purpose cloud contract valued at up to $10 billion to Microsoft. 

The DoD said the contract will address critical and urgent unmet warfighter requirements for modern cloud infrastructure at all three classification levels delivered out to the tactical edge. The contracting process began two years ago and considered four different offerors.

The Pentagon said it is committed to a strategy of a multi-vendor, multi-cloud environment.

“The National Defense Strategy dictates that we must improve the speed and effectiveness with which we develop and deploy modernized technical capabilities to our women and men in uniform,” DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy said. “The DOD Digital Modernization Strategy was created to support this imperative. This award is an important step in execution of the Digital Modernization Strategy.”

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Telefónica partners with Microsoft on private 5G + MEC

Telefónica Tech signed a collaboration agreement with Microsoft on Azure Private Edge Zone.    

The integration combines Telefónica' Private 5G connectivity with Microsoft's Edge Computing capabilities on customer premise. The companies are targetting digital transformation opportunities for clients to enable the automation and control of their industrial processes.

“This collaboration agreement between Telefónica Tech and Microsoft, by taking advantage of the capabilities and experiences of both companies, will allow us offering to our clients a framework for the creation, deployment and operation of industrial solutions and their private communications in an integrated way inside and outside the factory. This framework is addressing the needs of those enterprises willing to deploy demanding industrial use cases over secure and performant private connectivity, focusing on simplicity, replicability and scalability,” says Gonzalo Martín-Villa, CEO of IoT and Big Data at Telefónica Tech.

“Together with Telefónica Tech, we can enable enterprises to leverage 5G to accelerate transformation and drive innovation across industrial scenarios within their own private networks,” said Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure for Operators at Microsoft. “Partners like Telefónica Tech are critical in helping us meet the on-premises needs of our industrial customers. We look forward to working together to help our customers leverage this platform to drive transformation in their businesses and the industry as a whole in the near future”.


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Microsoft Azure racks up 50% yoy growth

 Microsoft reported revenue of $41.7 billion for the quarter ended 31-March-2021, up 19% yoy. Net income was $15.5 billion GAAP and $14.8 billion non-GAAP, representing an increase of 44% and 38%, respectively. Diluted earnings per share was $2.03 GAAP and $1.95 non-GAAP, an increase of 45% and 39%,respectively.

“Over a year into the pandemic, digital adoption curves aren’t slowing down. They’re accelerating, and it’s just the beginning,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We are building the cloud for the next decade, expanding our addressable market and innovating across every layer of the tech stack to help our customers be resilient and transform.”

“The Microsoft Cloud, with its end-to-end solutions, continues to provide compelling value to our customers generating $17.7 billion in commercial cloud revenue, up 33% year over year," said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $13.6 billion and increased 15% (up 12% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 14% (up 10% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 22% (up 19% in constant currency)
  • Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 5% (up 2% in constant currency) and Microsoft 365 Consumer subscribers increased to 50.2 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 25% (up 23% in constant currency)
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 26% (up 22% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 45% (up 40% in constant currency)

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $15.1 billion and increased 23% (up 20% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 26% (up 23% in constant currency) driven by Azure revenue growth of 50% (up 46% in constant currency)

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $13.0 billion and increased 19% (up 16% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue increased 10%
  • Windows Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 10% (up 7% in constant currency)
  • Xbox content and services revenue increased 34% (up 32% in constant currency)
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 17% (up 14% in constant currency)
  • Surface revenue increased 12% (up 7% in constant currency)

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/Investor/earnings/FY-21-Q3/press-release-webcast

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Microsoft to build its first datacenter region in Malaysia

Microsoft announced plans to build its data center region in Malaysia to deliver trusted cloud services locally, with world-class data security, privacy, and the ability to store data in-country.

Microsoft's “Bersama Malaysia” (Together with Malaysia) initiative represents "a significant commitment to empowering Malaysia’s inclusive digital economy and advancing the nation’s digital transformation across the private and public sectors." The company aims to deliver training to at least 1 million Malaysians by end of 2023 to help create economic opportunities for people and businesses in the digital era. Finally, Microsoft will help form the MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council to collaborate on cloud-first and digital-native policy recommendations.

YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Prime Minister of Malaysia said, “As we cement the Microsoft partnership today, I hope this is just the first green shoots of a broader meadow of investments in Malaysia, for Microsoft and other data players. This significant investment from Microsoft further fortifies Malaysia’s position as a potential regional data hub and we stand ever ready to welcome more such partners as we work with our stakeholders to continually improve Malaysia’s value proposition in this big data space.”

“Today’s announcement represents a major milestone for Microsoft in the 28 years we have been operating in Malaysia. We share the Government’s commitment that digital transformation must be inclusive and responsible. As such, we pledge to empower 1 million Malaysians with digital skills, helping them to take advantage of the opportunities this new investment will bring. Building digital infrastructure is fundamental to advancing a nation’s digital economy. The upcoming datacenter region will be a game-changer for Malaysia, enabling the government and businesses to reimagine and transform their operations, to the benefit of all citizens,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President, Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations.

https://news.microsoft.com/en-my/2021/04/19/microsoft-announces-plans-to-establish-its-first-datacenter-region-in-malaysia-as-part-of-bersama-malaysia-initiative-to-support-inclusive-economic-growth/

Thursday, March 25, 2021

NXP debuts Microsoft Azure Sphere-certified processor for IoT

 NXP introduced its first cloud-secured crossover applications processor, the i.MX 8ULP-CS with Azure Sphere. The processor is based on the ARM Cortex A35 is aimed at IoT applications requiring continuous security updates in the field.

Together, NXP and Microsoft are delivering a new class of secured SoCs for the IoT market. Azure Sphere provides ongoing protection, responding to emerging threats and providing continual updates to help keep devices secured. 

NXP's new i.MX 8ULP-CS processor, is cloud secured by Azure Sphere, including: the Microsoft Pluton hardware root of trust enabled on NXP EdgeLock™ secure enclave, the secured Azure Sphere OS, the cloud-based Azure Sphere Security Service and ongoing on-chip OS and security improvements from Microsoft for each device, for more than ten years. 

https://www.nxp.com/company/blog/nxp-introduces-its-first-cloud-secured-microsoft-azure-sphere-certified-processor-family:BL-I-MX-8ULP-CS

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Azure commits to Availability Zones architecture

Microsoft has committed to using Availability Zones architecture in all of its data enter regions worldwide in order to improve resiliency.

An Azure datacenter region is made up of multiple data center facilities with redundant power, cooling, and networking.

Azure Availability Zones (AZs), comprising of a minimum of three zones, allow customers to spread their infrastructure and applications across discrete and dispersed datacenters for added resiliency and high availability.


In a blog post, Pradeep Nair Vice President, Microsoft Azure, says that by the end of the 2021, every country in which the company operates a datacenter region will include at least one region with Azure Availability Zones architecture. Additionally, every new datacenter region that Microsoft launches going forward will have AZs. 

Over the last 12 months, Microsoft enabled Availability Zones in five datacenter regions, including most recently in Brazil South.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/our-commitment-to-expand-azure-availability-zones-to-more-regions/

Monday, March 8, 2021

Microsoft previews AI-driven Azure modules

 Microsoft unveiled the public preview of Azure Percept, a platform of hardware and services that aims to simplify the ways in which customers can use Azure AI technologies on the edge – including taking advantage of Azure cloud offerings such as device management, AI model development and analytics.

The Azure Percept platform includes a development kit with an intelligent camera, Azure Percept Vision, and a microphone module called Azure Precept Audio.

Azure Percept Vision and Azure Percept Audio connect to Azure services in the cloud and come with embedded hardware-accelerated AI modules that enable speech and vision AI at the edge, or during times when the device isn’t connected to the internet. In addition, Azure Percept devices automatically connect to Azure IoT Hub, which helps enable reliable communication with security protections between Internet of Things, or IoT, devices and the cloud. 

Potential applications could include elevators that respond to voice commands, cameras that notify store managers when to restock shelves and video streams that keep tabs on everything from cash register lines to parking space availability.

https://blogs.microsoft.com/ai/with-azure-percept-microsoft-adds-new-ways-for-customers-to-bring-ai-to-the-edge/

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Microsoft Azure Arc promises single control plane for Kubernetes

 Microsoft introduced a set of technologies that extends Azure management and services to any infrastructure running Kubernetes. 

Azure Arc offers a single control plane in any Kubernetes environment, including  on-premises, multicloud, or at the edge. 

Azure Arc is built to work with any cloud native computing foundation (CNCF) conformant Kubernetes distribution. Microsoft has collaborated with popular Kubernetes distributions including VMware Tanzu and Nutanix Karbon, which join Red Hat OpenShift, Canonical’s Charmed Kubernetes, and Rancher Kubernetes Engine (RKE) to test and validate their implementations with Azure Arc. 

Azure Arc enabled services will include Azure Machine Learning, which is an enterprise-grade service that enables data scientists and developers to build, deploy, and manage machine learning models. By using Azure Arc to extend machine learning (ML) capabilities to hybrid and multicloud environments, customers can train ML models directly where the data lives using their existing infrastructure investments. This reduces data movement while meeting security and compliance requirements.

Customers can sign up for Azure Arc enabled Machine Learning today and deploy to any Kubernetes cluster. In one click, data scientists can now use familiar tools to build machine learning models consistently and reliably and deploy anywhere.

Microsoft released Azure Arc enabled Kubernetes in preview last fall and is now releasing it as general availability.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/innovate-across-hybrid-and-multicloud-with-new-azure-arc-capabilities/

Sunday, December 6, 2020

AirHop integrates eSON with Azure

AirHop Communications has integrated its eSON platform with Microsoft Azure (cloud, Edge Zones and Azure Private Edge Zones), enabling near real-time Radio Access Networks (RAN) automation and optimization applications to accelerate 4G and 5G deployments for operator and private enterprise networks.

AirHop's eSON platform enables RAN intelligence via real-time coordinated performance optimization for 4G and 5G Open RAN architectures, delivering applications for automated configuration optimization, interference management, mobility optimization and is extensible for new customer driven optimization applications. The cloud-native eSON system is deployable as a stand alone VNF and as xApps in an O-RAN compliant near real-time Radio Intelligent Controller (RIC).

AirHop said it will be working with Microsoft to ensure seamless integration and operation of eSON as a Cloud Native Function (CNF) in the Azure platforms. The addition of eSON extends Azure 4G/5G solutions with commercially hardened real-time autonomous optimization applications delivering better spectral efficiency, faster data rates, improved end-user quality of experience and operational cost savings through network self-healing.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Microsoft on cloud-based next generation network platforms,” stated Yan Hui, CEO and co-founder at AirHop. “Real-time autonomous network optimization is essential for 5G and our eSON software is field proven in large scale deployments globally including Rakuten Mobile and Reliance Jio. Microsoft Azure platforms and eSON network optimization applications will be used across various businesses to simplify private 5G deployment, optimization and maintenance. Our solution also brings an O-RAN compliant platform roadmap to Azure 4G/5G solutions.”

http://www.airhopcomm.com




Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Microsoft's commercial cloud revenue up 31% YoY, Azure up 48%

Microsoft reported revenue of $37.2 billion for the quarter ended September 30, up 12% compared to a year earlier. Net income was $13.9 billion and increased 30%.

“The next decade of economic performance for every business will be defined by the speed of their digital transformation,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We are innovating across our full modern tech stack to help our customers in every industry improve time to value, increase agility, and reduce costs." 

"Demand for our cloud offerings drove a strong start to the fiscal year with our commercial cloud revenue generating $15.2 billion, up 31% year over year,” said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft. “We continue to invest against the significant opportunity ahead of us to drive long-term growth.”

Commercial cloud includes Office 365 commercial, Azure, the commercial portion of LinkedIn, Dynamics 365, and other cloud properties.


Highlights

  • Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $12.3 billion and increased 11%, with the following business highlights:
  • Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 9% driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 21% (up 20% in constant currency)
  • Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 13% and Microsoft 365 Consumer subscribers increased to 45.3 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 16%
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 19% (up 18% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 38% (up 37% in constant currency)
  • Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $13.0 billion and increased 20% (up 19% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:
  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 22% (up 21% in constant currency) driven by Azure revenue growth of 48% (up 47% in constant currency)
  • Revenue in More Personal Computing was $11.8 billion and increased 6%, with the following business highlights:
  • Windows OEM revenue declined 5%
  • Windows Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 13% (up 12% in constant currency)
  • Xbox content and services revenue increased 30%
  • Surface revenue increased 37% (up 36% in constant currency)
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs decreased 10% (down 11% in constant currency)
  • Microsoft returned $9.5 billion to shareholders in the form of share repurchases and dividends in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, an increase of 21% compared to the first quarter of fiscal year 2020.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Microsoft announces Azure Communication Services

Microsoft announced Azure Communication Services, the first fully managed communication platform offering from a major cloud provider.

Azure Communication Services is built natively on top of the Microsof Azure cloud at global scale using the same low latency global communication network as Microsoft Teams, which currently is supporting over 5 billion meeting minutes per day. 

The idea is for enterprises to build rich communications into their existing application, including mobile apps, using the Azure communications network.

Azure Communication Services will enable developers to tap into other Azure services, such as Azure Cognitive Services for translation, sentiment analysis, etc. The service over encrypted communications to meet privacy and compliance needs, such as HIPAA and GDPR.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/communication-services/

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

SES signs on as MEO satellite partner for Microsoft Azure Orbital

 SES signed a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to be an Azure Orbital partner as well as to accelerate and expand the use of Microsoft Azure across its operations and jointly develop cloud-based video and data connectivity managed services.

Under the arrangement, SES will be co-locating and managing O3b mPOWER gateways with Microsoft Azure locations so its customers are always only “one-hop” away from their Azure cloud services anywhere in the world. More specifically, SES will be the medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite partner for Microsoft Azure Orbital. The two companies also agreed to make joint investments in Azure Orbital ground stations for the MEO and Earth Observation segments that SES will deploy and manage based on its industry expertise, with the first Earth Observation gateway being located at Quincy, Western Australia.

The Microsoft partnership is expected to bring improved network performance for SES customers as they route over Microsoft’s global network and inject value-added, cloud-based managed services such as enhanced security, SD-WAN, and other network functions into the service chain.

Additionally, to support customers migrating to the cloud, SES has established a corporate cloud cross-functional team responsible for driving cloud adoption within its own enterprise and operations, and defining, developing and launching seamless cloud, content and connectivity solutions across all of the company’s key market segments. These cloud-based solutions will enable SES customers to enjoy the agility, flexibility and cost-optimisation they require in capitalising on new revenue opportunities. Under the corporate cloud initiative, SES is also moving its IT systems and operations to cloud-based automated services and applications.

“With the breadth and scope of Azure’s global platform and capabilities, Microsoft emerges as an ideal partner in our accelerated transformation into a cloud-first enterprise delivering cloud-based video and data managed services,” said JP Hemingway, CEO of SES Networks who leads SES’s corporate cloud initiative. “We believe our customers – from dense urban areas to remote and rural locations around the world – will be best served by a ‘new space’ ecosystem that enables them to be more agile, scale flexibly and seize new revenue opportunities.”



Sunday, July 19, 2020

Microsoft expands Azure Virtual WAN capabilities

Microsoft Azure is adding the ability to deploy and run third-party Network Virtual Appliances such as SD-WAN natively within the Azure Virtual WAN hubs.

Azure Virtual WAN provides a service architecture to take full advantage of Microsoft's fast global network. Virtual WAN makes it easy to connect Virtual Networks (VNets), Azure ExpressRoute, VPN, and now SD-WAN in "virtual hubs."

Microsoft says its connectivity agnostic approach allows full transit between branches, sites, mobile users, and services using Azure's global infrastructure.

Barracuda is the first Virtual WAN partner to integrate its SD-WAN natively within the Azure Virtual WAN hubs.



Microsoft Azure is also announcing the general availability of hub-to-hub connectivity, custom routing, Firewall Manager, and several other connectivity capabilities in Azure Virtual WAN.

New Virtual WAN Partners Cisco SD-WAN powered by Meraki and VMware now supporting automation of IPsec connectivity between their branch VPN/SD-WAN devices and Azure Virtual WAN VPN service.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/running-sdwan-virtual-appliances-natively-in-azure-virtual-wan/

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sony to embed Microsoft Azure AI into its intelligent vision sensor

Sony will embed Microsoft Azure AI capabilities on its new intelligent vision sensor IMX500, which is being developed to extract useful information out of images in smart cameras and other devices.

Sony will also create a smart camera managed app powered by Azure IoT and Cognitive Services that complements the IMX500 sensor and expands the range and capability of video analytics opportunities for enterprise customers.

“By linking Sony’s innovative imaging and sensing technology with Microsoft’s excellent cloud AI services, we will deliver a powerful and convenient platform to the smart camera market. Through this platform, we hope to support the creativity of our partners and contribute to overcoming challenges in various industries,” said Terushi Shimizu, Representative Director and President, Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation.

“Video analytics and smart cameras can drive better business insights and outcomes across a wide range of scenarios for businesses,” said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president and commercial chief marketing officer at Microsoft. “Through this partnership, we’re combining Microsoft’s expertise in providing trusted, enterprise-grade AI and analytics solutions with Sony’s established leadership in the imaging sensors market to help uncover new opportunities for our mutual customers and partners.”

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Microsoft releases Windows Server containers and private clusters for Kubernetes

Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server container support on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

AKS simplifies the deployment and management of Kubernetes clusters and provides a highly reliable and available environment for your applications. It integrates seamlessly with world-class development tools such as GitHub and Visual Studio Code and is built on years of Microsoft security expertise focusing on data protection and compliance.

Windows Server containers enables customers to "lift and shift" Windows applications to run on managed Kubernetes service with Azure.

For example, users can create, upgrade, and scale Windows node pools in AKS through the standard tools (portal/CLI) and Azure will help manage the health of the cluster automatically.

Microsoft also announced the general availability of both private clusters and managed identities support in AKS. Private clusters ensure isolation to a private network.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/announcing-the-general-availability-of-windows-server-containers-and-private-clusters-for-azure-kubernetes-service/

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Microsoft's commercial cloud revenue hits $13.3 billion, up 39%

Microsoft reported quarterly revenue of $35.0 billion, up 15% YoY, with net income of $10.8 billion, up 22% YoY.  Diluted earnings per share was $1.40, an increase of 23%.

The company said COVID-19 was inconsequential to its financial performance.

“We’ve seen two years’ worth of digital transformation in two months. From remote teamwork and learning, to sales and customer service, to critical cloud infrastructure and security – we are working alongside customers every day to help them adapt and stay open for business in a world of remote everything,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Our durable business model, diversified portfolio, and differentiated technology stack position us well for what’s ahead.”

“In this dynamic environment, our sales teams and partners executed a solid third quarter, with Commercial Cloud revenue generating $13.3 billion, up 39% year over year,” said Amy Hood, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Microsoft. “We remain committed to balancing operational discipline with continued investments in key strategic areas to drive future growth.”



Segment Highlights

Revenue in Productivity and Business Processes was $11.7 billion and increased 15% (up 16% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Office Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 13% (up 15% in constant currency) driven by Office 365 Commercial revenue growth of 25% (up 27% in constant currency)
  • Office Consumer products and cloud services revenue increased 15% (up 17% in constant currency) with continued growth in Office 365 Consumer subscribers to 39.6 million
  • LinkedIn revenue increased 21% (up 22% in constant currency)
  • Dynamics products and cloud services revenue increased 17% (up 20% in constant currency) driven by Dynamics 365 revenue growth of 47% (up 49% in constant currency)

Revenue in Intelligent Cloud was $12.3 billion and increased 27% (up 29% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Server products and cloud services revenue increased 30% (up 32% in constant currency) driven by Azure revenue growth of 59% (up 61% in constant currency)
  • Enterprise Services revenue increased 6% (up 7% in constant currency)

Revenue in More Personal Computing was $11.0 billion and increased 3% (up 4% in constant currency), with the following business highlights:

  • Windows OEM revenue was relatively unchanged year over year
  • Windows Commercial products and cloud services revenue increased 17% (up 18% in constant currency)
  • Search advertising revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs increased 1%
  • Xbox content and services revenue increased 2%
  • Surface revenue increased 1% (up 2% in constant currency)

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

DT offers managed networking services for Azure

Deutsche Telekom is now offering managed network services for Microsoft Azure and has joined the Azure Networking Managed Service Provider (MSP) partner program.

Managed networking includes

  • Virtual WAN (to connect various locations)
  • ExpressRoute (for private connections with Azure data centers)
  • Security measures (firewall, combating DDOS attacks)
  • In Europe, Deutsche Telekom covers managed services in the areas of Cloud Connectivity and Cloud Security. Being an Azure MSP member, Deutsche Telekom experts are able to provide customers with even more support when migrating to Azure and operating Microsoft services. They are also involved in the further technical development of network elements. 

“Deutsche Telekom is Europe’s leading telco. We are proud that we can leverage our proven network know-how together with our partner Microsoft to provide enterprise customers with excellent cloud services,” said Frank Strecker, SVP Cloud Managed Services and responsible for DT’s public cloud business.
Sunil Kishen, Principal Program Manager, Azure Networking, Microsoft said, “Microsoft’s collaboration with Deutsche Telekom is part of our commitment to the region, bringing digital innovation to everyone. By combining the Microsoft Azure ecosystem and DT’s network capabilities, we support the creative power and growth opportunities of our customers.”

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Microsoft Azure Edge Zones previews with carriers

Microsoft has begun previewing Azure Edge Zones, which are 5G customer scenarios that can leverage its cloud capabilities.


Microsoft said Azure Edge Zones and Azure Private Edge Zones will enable:

  • Development of distributed applications across cloud, on-premises, and edge using the same Azure Portal, APIs, development, and security tools.
  • Local data processing for latency critical industrial IoT and media services workloads.
  • Acceleration of IoT, artificial intelligence (AI), and real-time analytics by optimizing, building, and innovating for robotics, automation, and mixed reality.
  • New frontiers for developers working with high-density graphics and real-time operations in industries such as gaming.
  • An evolving platform built with customers, carriers, and industry partners to allow seamless integration and operation of a wide selection of Virtual Network Functions, including 5G software and SD-WAN and firewalls from technology partners such as Affirmed, Mavenir, Nuage Networks from Nokia, Metaswitch, Palo Alto Networks, and VeloCloud By VMware.

Microsoft, which has already announced an Azure Edge Zone partnership with AT&T, is now expanding the program to the following carriers: Etisalat, NTT Communications, Proximus, Rogers, SK Telecom, Telefonica, Telstra, SK Telecom, and Vodafone Business.

By connecting Azure services directly to 5G networks inside the carrier's data centers, applications will benefit from significantly reduced latency,

“This is a uniquely challenging time across the globe as we rethink how to help organizations serve their customers and stakeholders,” said Anne Chow, chief executive officer, AT&T Business. “Fast and intelligent mobile networks will be increasingly central to all of our lives. Combining our network knowledge and experience with Microsoft’s cloud expertise will give businesses a critical head start.”

In addition, Microsoft announced the preview of Azure Private Edge Zones, a private 5G/LTE network combined with Azure Stack Edge on-premises delivering an ultra-low latency, secure, and high bandwidth solution for organizations to enable scenarios, like with Attabotics, accelerating e-commerce delivery times by using 3D robotic goods-to-person storage, retrieval, and real-time order fulfillment solutions. This solution leverages Azure Edge Zones and IoT technologies such as Azure IoT Central and Azure Sphere.

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/microsoft-partners-with-the-industry-to-unlock-new-5g-scenarios-with-azure-edge-zones/

Microsoft and AT&T preview Network Edge Compute

Microsoft and AT&T announced select preview availability for Network Edge Compute (NEC) technology, which weaves Microsoft Azure cloud services into AT&T network edge locations closer to customers. NEC will initially be available for a limited set of select customers in Dallas. Next year, Los Angeles and Atlanta are targeted for select customer availability.

NEC is enabled by AT&T’s software-defined and virtualized 5G core, which the company calls the Network Cloud.  This means the Network Cloud is now capable of delivering Azure services.

“The first smartphones on 3G networks introduced the idea of mobile apps over a decade ago. A few years later, 4G LTE made it feasible to connect those devices faster to cloud applications to stream videos, hail rides, and broadcast content to the world,” said Mo Katibeh, EVP and chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “With our 5G and edge computing, AT&T is collaborating uniquely with Microsoft to marry their cloud capabilities with our network to create lower latency between the device and the cloud that will unlock new, future scenarios for consumers and businesses. We’ve said all year developers and businesses will be the early 5G adopters, and this puts both at the forefront of this revolution.”

“We are helping AT&T light up a wide range of unique solutions powered by Microsoft’s cloud, both for its business and our mutual customers in a secure and trusted way,” said Corey Sanders, corporate vice president, Microsoft Solutions. “The collaboration reaches across AT&T, bringing the hyperscale of Microsoft Azure together with AT&T’s network to innovate with 5G and edge computing across every industry.”


AT&T to move most non-network workloads to public cloud by 2024

Microsoft and AT&T announced an extensive, multiyear alliance under which Microsoft will be the preferred cloud provider for non-network applications. Specifically, AT&T will provide much of its workforce with Microsoft 365, and plans to migrate non-network infrastructure applications to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

AT&T said the alliance is part of its broader public cloud first strategy to consolidate data center infrastructure and operations. AT&T is becoming a “public cloud first” company by migrating most non-network workloads to the public cloud by 2024.

“AT&T and Microsoft are among the most committed companies to fostering technology that serves people,” said John Donovan, CEO, AT&T Communications. “By working together on common efforts around 5G, the cloud, and AI, we will accelerate the speed of innovation and impact for our customers and our communities.”

“AT&T is at the forefront of defining how advances in technology, including 5G and edge computing, will transform every aspect of work and life,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “The world’s leading companies run on our cloud, and we are delighted that AT&T chose Microsoft to accelerate its innovation. Together, we will apply the power of Azure and Microsoft 365 to transform the way AT&T’s workforce collaborates and to shape the future of media and communications for people everywhere.”

In addition, Microsoft will tap into the innovation AT&T is offering on its 5G network, including to design, test, and build edge-computing capabilities. With edge computing and a lower-latency 5G connection enabled through AT&T’s geographically dispersed network infrastructure, devices can process data closer to where decisions are made. Recently, Microsoft and AT&T worked together to test an edge computing-based tracking and detection system for drones. With more connected devices and the growing demand for streaming content from movies to games, businesses and consumers require ever-increasing network capabilities.