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October 24, 2013 at 12:28 PM
Microsoft has acquired Apiphany—a leading API management delivery platform based in Washington, D.C.
“The Apiphany API Management and Delivery Platform will soon reemerge as an integrated Windows Azure API management service,” Apiphany said in a blog post on its website. “A talented and dedicated Apiphany team will become an integral part of the Windows Azure engineering team.”
Microsoft said it looks forward to “surfacing API management services within Windows Azure and providing our customers with the technology they need to grow their API ecosystem very soon.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
June 24, 2013 at 12:38 PM
After Oracle CEO Larry Ellison spilled the beans during an earnings call last week, Microsoft and Oracle, as expected, announced a cloud partnership today.
Specifically, the partnership means that customers will be able to run Oracle software (including Java, Oracle Database and Oracle WebLogic Server) on Microsoft’s Windows Server Hyper-V or in Windows Azure, with certification and full support from Oracle.
Microsoft also will be offering those Oracle software to its Windows Azure customers, while Oracle will make Oracle Linux available to Windows Azure customers, according to a press release from the companies.
June 3, 2013 at 6:30 AM
Microsoft is unveiling today some details about the upcoming refreshes to its key enterprise IT offerings.
The updates include Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 — to be released by the end of this year. SQL Server 2014 is slated for release shortly after that. Previews of all three will be available later this month.
Windows Intune, Microsoft’s cloud-based solution for PC and mobile device management and security, will also be getting a series of updates over the course of this year.
Microsoft is announcing the updates at TechEd North America, the company’s annual conference for IT professionals and enterprise developers. About 10,000 people are expected at this year’s event, taking place today through Thursday in New Orleans. (Microsoft is livestreaming the keynote addresses and select sessions at http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd#fbid=KIw-MnTTCkT.)
The updates are building on the momentum that Microsoft’s enterprise IT offerings have experienced over the past few years.
SQL Server Premium revenue, for instance, has grown double digits for 12 consecutive quarters and Windows Server Datacenter revenue has been growing 60 percent year over year, said Takeshi Numoto, corporate vice president of marketing for Microsoft’s Server & Tools division. Windows Azure revenue has grown 200 percent year over year, with a thousand customers signing up each day, he added.
The upcoming refreshes incorporate what the company is calling its “cloud first” principles, which emphasize faster-paced development and release cycles.
The updates also incorporate what the company has learned from hosting its own services such as Bing and Office 365 on its Windows Azure cloud platform, Numoto said.
The updates include enhanced capabilities to manage virtualized networks; the ability to more easily set up secondary backups in Windows Azure; and the ability to use the products to more easily break down boundaries between their own datacenters, service provider datacenters and Windows Azure to create hybrid on-premises and cloud solutions. The idea is to have IT services and apps available on demand from any location and any device, with the computing power backing them ready to throttle up or down, as needed.
Microsoft is also offering a preview of Windows Azure BizTalk Services, the cloud services version of its BizTalk Server that lets applications talk to each other. This lets customers “integrate applications that may be across premises, or to connect to a supplier’s or a vendor’s or a partner’s applications,” Numoto said.
The company is also making a push for customers to use its Windows Azure cloud for development and testing work, giving MSDN subscribers (those who have licenses to use certain Microsoft products, services and development tools) $150 worth of Windows Azure services a month. In addition, Microsoft is offering the option of per-minute billing for use of Windows with no minimum.
Webcasts from TechEd are being streamed here.
May 23, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Microsoft has been steadily growing its cloud business into one of its largest revenue-generating divisions. Now it’s expanding its footprint in the fast-growing cloud market in Asia.
The company announced Wednesday that, in partnership with Chinese data center services provider 21Vianet, a public preview of Windows Azure in China will be available on June 6.
That makes Microsoft the first multinational organization to make public cloud services available in China. (Currently, the major cloud providers in China are the China-based Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, according to 21Vianet.)
April 29, 2013 at 3:54 PM
It’s a big deal at Microsoft when one of its products or services joins its billion-dollar club, the ones that bring in a billion dollars or more of revenue a year.
The latest to join that club: the Windows Azure cloud platform, which launched in 2010. Curt Anderson, chief financial officer of Microsoft’s Server and Tools division, told Bloomberg News that annual sales of Windows Azure software and related software programs have now surpassed $1 billion.
According to the article:
About 20 percent of companies tapping the cloud use Azure, compared with 71 percent usage for Amazon, according to James Staten, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. (FORR) Within a year, Microsoft can command as much as 35 percent, he said.
“I expect them to double annually from here,” Staten said of Microsoft’s Azure revenue.
Microsoft has been expanding Azure, recently adding Windows Azure Infrastructure Services, in addition to its “platform as a service” offering.
According to Microsoft, Windows Azure currently has more than 200,000 customers and is adding about a thousand more a day.
Windows Azure now joins the dozen or so businesses within Microsoft that brings in more than a billion dollars of revenue a year. That list, according to Ars Technica, includes: Windows, Windows Server, Office, SQL Server, Exchange, SharePoint, Xbox, Visual Studio, Dynamics, System Center, and online advertising.
Microsoft said during its recent third quarter earnings report that Office 365 is on pace to become a billion-dollar business by the end of Microsoft’s fiscal year in June.
Businesses within Microsoft that the company is cultivating to join the club, according to ZDNet, are: Windows Intune, Bing Maps, StorSimple, Perceptive Pixel and Parallel Data Warehouse.
March 20, 2013 at 6:26 PM
Realty Mogul, one of the startups that participated in the last round of the Microsoft Accelerator program, launched today with news of seed funding and its first success story.
The company, which focuses on crowdfunding for real estate, said it recently closed half a million dollars of seed investment from Seattle-based investors, and that AH Capital, a real estate investment company, had raised $110,000 using Realty Mogul while it was in private beta.
Realty Mogul was one of 10 companies that took part in the Accelerator program, a partnership between Microsoft and tech incubator TechStars that provides seed money, mentoring, technical support and networking opportunities to startups that create new business applications using Microsoft technologies. The last round, which took place in fall 2012, focused on Windows Azure.
There have been other success stories from that round. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced it would be acquiring Bellevue-based MetricsHub, another of the 10 startups, and incorporating it into Azure.