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February 18, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Amazon still has wide lead in the cloud, but Microsoft gaining

Amazon.com’s cloud-computing unit is still a world beater. Microsoft is doing its best to entrench itself in second place.

RightScale, a California company that helps information technology departments manage their use of cloud-computing services, on Wednesday released the results of its survey  of more than 900 of corporate technology experts.

Among companies that tap into the “public cloud,” or pooled servers and data storage units accessed via the Web, 57 percent reported using Amazon Web Services. Microsoft’s cloud-computing platform, Azure, was a distant second at 12 percent.

A graphic taken from RightScale's 2015 cloud-computing survey shows usage of the leading cloud infrastructure platforms.

A graphic taken from RightScale’s 2015 cloud-computing survey shows usage of the leading cloud infrastructure platforms.

There are two bright spots for the Redmond company in that figure. It’s double the 6 percent share Azure had when the survey was conducted a year ago. And Azure’s Platform as a Service (PaaS) product, which is primarily used by developers to write programs and web sites, was the fourth most widely used cloud service.

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January 30, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Microsoft’s Azure to support Super Bowl live stream

The latest task for Microsoft’s growing cloud-computing service: helping people watch the Super Bowl online.

NBC, the broadcaster of Sunday’s game, will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform to support its online live stream. The network will also reportedly use services from Adobe and Akamai Technologies, bringing back the same trio that NBC relied on to stream the Winter Olympics last year. 

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November 20, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Microsoft’s Azure stumble a worrying one

It’s risky to play armchair psychologist. But it’s probably safe to say that one of the things that keeps Microsoft executives awake at night happened earlier this week: the company’s cloud stopped working.

A good chunk of Microsoft’s Azure cloud-computing services went offline for about 11 hours on Monday, disrupting service for Microsoft customers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. The BBC has a good rundown of how this hit some clients — from preventing health care workers from accessing their email and documents to a social media startup’s site going dark.

It’s hard to overstate the importance of the cloud for Microsoft. It’s the second part of Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s “mobile first, cloud first” mantra, and a big reason Microsoft’s done pretty well financially recently even as some other tech giants that cater to business customers faltered.

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November 13, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Microsoft buys cybersecurity startup Aorato

Microsoft has purchased Israeli cybersecurity firm Aorato.

Aorato’s technology monitors activity on a company’s network, searching for anomalies and suspicious behavior, Takeshi Numoto, a Microsoft vice president of cloud and enterprise marketing, said in a blog post about the deal.

“It understands what normal behavior is and then identifies anomalies, so a company can quickly see suspicious behavior and take appropriate measures to help protect itself,” Numoto said. “Most of our enterprise customers should be able to easily take advantage of Aorato’s technology.”

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October 21, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Analysts find some of Microsoft’s growing cloud metrics eye-catching

[This story is running in the print edition of The Seattle Times Oct. 21, 2014.]

At a small gathering in San Francisco for reporters and analysts Monday, Microsoft announced a number of new cloud products and services.

But it wasn’t so much the offerings themselves that grabbed attention as some of the figures that Microsoft executives threw out.

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October 7, 2013 at 4:46 PM

Microsoft outlines upcoming enterprise cloud services and products

Microsoft today announced updates and release dates for its enterprise cloud services and products, as Satya Nadella, head of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, gave a media briefing in San Francisco on Microsoft’s cloud strategy.

Nadella placed the releases in the context of being proud of Microsoft’s $20 billion share of the enterprise infrastructure business, but saying that that’s still a small share “compared to the $2 trillion at play” as businesses move to the cloud. He also touted Microsoft as being the only cloud services and infrastructure provider that offered widely used cloud software services (such as Office 365), a scalable global public cloud (Azure), and that provides infrastructure for companies to build their own clouds on.

“We’re the only vendor that does all three,” he said, when asked about how Microsoft is different from its cloud competitors.

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August 26, 2013 at 6:00 AM

Five challenges and five advantages facing Microsoft’s new CEO

[In case you missed it, this story ran Sunday in the print edition of The Seattle Times. Also, here is my colleague, Brier Dudley’s column on retiring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s legacy.] There was Windows Vista, but then came Windows 7. There was the Kin, but there was also the Xbox. The company fell way behind…

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