An Introduction to Azure DocumentDB

In the last several years NoSQL database stores have emerged as viable and useful alternatives to traditional relational databases. While relational technologies like SQL Server will likely always have a place in the enterprise, the means to store data as documents or connected graphs vs. classic “rows and columns” is powerful and should occupy a…

Microsoft Open-Sources Azure Container Services Engine

Microsoft on Monday announced a number of updates to Azure Container Services that it says will make the container service more open and flexible. First up: The Kubernetes cloud orchestrator is now available in preview for Azure Container Services. This gives ACS customers a choice of orchestration technologies, with support for DC/OS, Swarm and Kubernetes.…

Harness the Power of Data With Azure Data Lake

The modern enterprise generates huge amounts of data and requires state-of-the-art tools to store, analyze, and derive actionable meaning from that data. Mainstream open-source options like Apache Hadoop, Spark, and Storm are powerful but have a big learning curve and impose significant ongoing operational burdens. Azure Data Lake combines these powerful tools with flexible, approachable…

An Introduction to Azure IoT Suite

The growing universe of smart devices provides us with an immense amount of data that can be analyzed to improve productivity and, ultimately, our quality of life. But what’s the best way to reliably and securely collect that data? In an insightful new webinar, Wintellect Principal Architect Josh Lane provides an overview of the technology behind…

A More Secure Microsoft Edge, and Other News from Ignite 2016

In the wake of highly publicized cyberattacks on big companies, Microsoft on Monday rolled out new security features for its Edge browser. Windows Defender Application Guard, developed for the company’s enterprise customers, will use Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization technology to isolate potential security threats. “The threat landscape has changed significantly in recent years,” reads a Microsoft…

Azure Container Service Now Commercially Available

Azure Container Service is out of preview and ready for prime time, Microsoft announced Tuesday. The service gives businesses a simple way to run their containerized applications in the cloud; it’s been available in preview since the end of last year. Microsoft is offering Azure Container Service with a choice of two orchestration systems: Docker…

Games, HoloLens, Cloud Services Highlight Build 2016 Schedule

It wouldn’t be a developer conference without some surprises, and Microsoft is already getting us in the mood for Build 2016 with a mysterious description in the event schedule of a session on ‘Something Awesome.’ We’ll have to wait until Build kicks off this Wednesday for details, but the rest of the schedule promises a…

SQL Server on Linux: A Savvy Move By Microsoft

The graphic said it all: the words SQL Server and Linux, linked together with a cheerful red heart. Microsoft’s announcement yesterday that it will bring its popular data software to Linux servers is the latest sign of its ongoing love affair with the open-source community. It’s also smart business. As Microsoft’s Azure cloud services become…

Microsoft’s Q2 Earnings Point to Success of Cloud-Focused Strategy

After Microsoft reported earnings last week for the quarter ending Dec. 31, its stock jumped by more than 8 percent. That’s despite the fact that both profit and revenue fell from the previous year. Why? Investors are excited about some of the same segments of Microsoft’s business that have drawn interest from developers: cloud services…

Microsoft Will Release First Technical Preview of Azure Stack on Jan. 29

Microsoft will debut its hybrid-cloud platform, Azure Stack, this week, offering a technical preview that goes live Jan. 29. Aimed at enterprise customers who aren’t ready to put all their sensitive information in the public cloud, Azure Stack allows users to deliver Azure services from their own datacenters. The platform’s architecture mimics that of Azure.…

The Next Market for Windows 10: Vending Machines?

Among the products Microsoft is showing off this week at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show is a vending machine with a 40-inch touch screen powered by Windows 10. Built by Mondelez International—the makers of Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers and Trident gum—the machine allows users to view snacks in 3-D and read nutritional information before…

AT&T Announces New Developer Tools, and Other CES 2016 News

The world’s biggest gadget-fest, CES, officially kicked off in Las Vegas today. The gaggle of products on display ranges from the weird (smart bras) to the derivative (a slew of Surface knockoffs) to the undeniably cool (a drone with built-in VR headset that lets you share its birds-eye view? Yes, please!). Amid all the hardware…
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