Microsoft details Project Tardigrade, an Azure resiliency initiative

Source: neowin.net Microsoft has been making improvements to Azure reliability in recent months. In July, Azure CTO Mark Russinovich detailed some of these in a blog post, including a reference to Project Tardigrade, which was first announced at this year’s Build conference. For those unaware of its purpose, it is a new service aimed toward improving Azure resiliency, and is appropriately named after the “nearly indestructible” microscopic water bears. Today, Russinovich has expanded upon the initiative, explaining its actual functionality

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Azure Updates from Microsoft: JEDI contract; Azure Dedicated Host; New Relic; Cloud Shell; Azure Service Health

Source: msdynamicsworld.com After suggestions from President Trump that the Department of the Defense may have intentionally favored Amazon in the bidding process, the $10 billion JEDI contract is being placed on hold, Politico reports. Competing bidder Oracle has campaigned hard against Amazon in the contracting process. With Amazon’s lead in the bidding process now in question, Microsoft may have an opportunity to challenge its largest competitor for the major US government contract. But for civilian customers, one of the biggest

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Azure IoT Edge runs inside an NGD SSD

Source: blocksandfiles.com Computational storage supplier NGD has embedded the Azure IoT Edge service within its SSDs. NGD has announced the 32TB Newport SSD in the U.2 (2.5-inch) form factor, twice the capacity of the first Newport drive. This is NVMe-connected and uses less than 12W. Azure IoT Edge facilitates access to the Azure cloud using on-premises hardware. Azure workloads can be run on-premises without having to send data to the Azure cloud for processing. By doing this Azure IOT Edge

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Azure licensing update gives rivals AWS and Google Cloud new talking points

Source: onmsft.com Earlier this week Microsoft updated the terms for its on-premises license transferring to hyper-scale clouds and the change has given its rivals some new ammunition in their war for cloud service provider supremacy. We’re updating the outsourcing terms for Microsoft on-premises licenses to clarify the distinction between on-premises/traditional outsourcing and cloud services and create more consistent licensing terms across multitenant and dedicated hosted cloud services. Beginning October 1, 2019, on-premises licenses purchased without Software Assurance and mobility rights

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CSP delivering graphic-intensive solutions on Citrix Cloud and Azure

source: citrix.com In the ever-changing IT landscape, Citrix is pushing the limits of what’s possible for our customers and partners. It’s exciting how we’re helping them use our technologies, from moving workloads to the cloud, thinning down endpoints, and tweaking our ICA protocol to maximize graphics performance. Take one of my Citrix Service Provider partners, Connecticut-based SNP Technologies. I worked with them throughout the first half of 2019 to create an offering in the cloud that they have brought to

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Azure to improve security with enhanced access control experience

Source: mspoweruser.com Microsoft announced that they are doubling down on Azure security at their recent Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. Today, Microsoft announced the new security features which will enhance the access control experience; including the introduction of Azure Active Directory Domain Service (Azure AD DS) authentication support for Server Message Block (SMB) access. Now, domain-joined Windows virtual machines can mount and access your Azure file shares over SMB, using AD DS credentials with enforced NTFS access control lists.

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Azure targets innovation over domination

Source: sdtimes.com The Azure development team at Microsoft is working to provide new features to win over more developers, through a heavy investment in tools for migrating legacy platforms to its cloud, pushing machine learning, quantum computing and other innovative features. Microsoft hopes its investments will pay off in growing its cloud market share, which currently sits at 16 percent, second only to AWS at 32 percent of the public cloud market share, according to the most recent findings available

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Azure Dedicated Host Service Hits Preview

Source: rcpmag.com Microsoft is test-driving a new service that gives organizations access to unshared or “dedicated” Azure hardware infrastructure for hosting their workloads. Most workloads hosted on Azure infrastructure use hardware that’s shared with other organizations or individuals, who are called “tenants.” These tenants are said to be using Azure’s “multitenant” infrastructure. Some organizations, though, need to use unshared hardware to meet certain compliance or regulatory requirements. The new Azure Dedicated Host preview, announced last Thursday, offers access to such

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Microsoft Launches Massive Private Cloud Server Service In Azure

Source: ibtimes.com Microsoft Azure’s now has a new service that allows users to run virtual machines to run a single-tenant physical server. With this new feature, people can now use the cloud storage of Azure to run a private server. This new feature is called the Azure Dedicated Host. The Azure Dedicated Host is great for businesses who want to store data on a server but doesn’t want to share it with other servers. This practice prevents chances of data

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Microsoft Azure now lets you set up your own private servers

Source: www.techradar.com Microsoft has announced the preview launch of a new cloud service called that will allow customers to run their virtual machines on single-tenant physical services. The company says that Azure Dedicated Host could be quite useful for businesses running loads of virtual machines that don’t want to share resources on their server with anyone else while also gaining full control over everything running on the machine Azure already offers isolated virtual machines sizes for two very large virtual machine types. These

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