Category Archives : Events

12

Jul

How Microsoft Azure Stack means transformation and opportunities for partners

We are a few days away from kicking-off Microsoft Inspire 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is an event I look forward to every year. This year however is a special year to celebrate the momentum we have with our partners for Microsoft Azure Stack. At Microsoft Inspire 2017, we had a couple of sessions for Azure Stack. They were both completely full, including the overflow rooms! I thought I would take this moment to reflect on our first year of launch and share a quick view on the opportunities ahead.

A year ago, we announced the general availability of Azure Stack, with the vision that Azure Stack is an extension of Azure and enables a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform. Including the ability to decide where applications and workloads should run whether it be cloud, on-premises datacenters, or at the edge. In fact since launch, we have seen some amazing scenarios where customers are using Azure Stack in remote, often disconnected, environments to deliver value to businesses and communities. And, our partners have been instrumental in unlocking such new possibilities for customers.

For example iMOKO, New Zealand’s digital health charity, decided to use Azure Stack to make their

27

Jun

Microsoft from GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit: New Azure innovations will advance the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge

Today, I gathered with the tech community in the Seattle area at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit to talk about how customers are using the cloud and what the future holds. I joined GeekWire’s Todd Bishop and Tom Krazit on stage for a fireside chat to share more about Microsoft’s vision for emerging cloud innovation, but I also got to connect with many of you directly. In those conversations, it became even more apparent just how many of you are turning to the intelligent cloud to explore how emerging innovation like serverless, blockchain, edge computing, and AI can help you create solutions that can change your business — and people’s lives.

At Microsoft, we’re continually releasing technology that’s inspired by our customers and what you tell us you need to make the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge a reality for your businesses. For example, you may need to build applications to work in remote areas with low connectivity. Or you need to store, access, and drive insights from your data faster because of competitive pressures. And, you need confidence that your data and applications will be secure, resilient, and highly available across the globe.

During my time with Tom and

27

Jun

Microsoft from GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit: New Azure innovations will advance the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge

Today, I gathered with the tech community in the Seattle area at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit to talk about how customers are using the cloud and what the future holds. I joined GeekWire’s Todd Bishop and Tom Krazit on stage for a fireside chat to share more about Microsoft’s vision for emerging cloud innovation, but I also got to connect with many of you directly. In those conversations, it became even more apparent just how many of you are turning to the intelligent cloud to explore how emerging innovation like serverless, blockchain, edge computing, and AI can help you create solutions that can change your business — and people’s lives.

At Microsoft, we’re continually releasing technology that’s inspired by our customers and what you tell us you need to make the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge a reality for your businesses. For example, you may need to build applications to work in remote areas with low connectivity. Or you need to store, access, and drive insights from your data faster because of competitive pressures. And, you need confidence that your data and applications will be secure, resilient, and highly available across the globe.

During my time with Tom and

25

Jun

Silicon development on Microsoft Azure
Silicon development on Microsoft Azure

This week at the Design Automation Conference (DAC), we look forward to joining the conversation on “Why Cloud, Why Now,” for silicon development workflows.

Cloud computing is enabling digital transformation across industries. Silicon, or semiconductors, are a foundational building block for the technology industry, and new opportunities are emerging in cloud computing for silicon development. The workflows for silicon development have always pushed the limits of compute, storage and networking. Over time, the silicon development flow has been greatly expanded upon to handle the increasing size, density and manufacturing complexity of the industry. This has and continues to push the envelope for high performance compute (HPC) and storage infrastructure.

Azure provides a globally available, high performance computing (HPC) platform, that is secure, reliable and scalable to meet current and emerging infrastructure needs with the silicon design and development workflow based on EDA software.

Compute: Silicon development is compute and memory intensive. At times, it utilizes up to thousands of cores, demands the ability to quickly move and manage massive data sets for design and collaboration. Azure customers can choose from a range of compute- and memory-optimized Linux and Windows VMs to run their workflows. Storage: Azure Storage offers multiple

10

Jun

Microsoft Azure Data welcomes attendees to ACM SIGMOD/PODS 2018

Hello SIGMOD attendees!

Welcome to Houston, and to what is shaping up to be a great conference.  I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the exciting work in data that’s going on in the Azure Data team at Microsoft, and to invite you to take a closer look.

Microsoft has long been a leader in database management with SQL Server, recognized as the top DBMS by Gartner for the past three years in a row.  The emergence of the cloud and edge as the new frontiers for computing, and thus data management, is an exciting direction—data is now dispersed within and beyond the enterprise, on-prem, on-cloud, and on edge devices, and we must enable intelligent analysis, transactions, and responsible governance for all data everywhere, from the moment it is created to the moment it is deleted, through the entire life-cycle of ingestion, updates, exploration, data prep, analysis, serving, and archival. 

These trends require us to fundamentally re-think data management.  Transactional replication can span continents.  Data is not just relational.  Interactive, real-time, and streaming applications with enterprise level SLAs are becoming common.  Machine learning is a foundational analytic task and must be supported while ensuring that

05

Jun

Azure is the best place for analytics

The confluence of cloud, data, and AI is foundational to innovation and is driving unprecedented change. This week at Spark + AI Summit, I talked about how Microsoft enables organizations to take advantage of Azure to build advanced machine learning models and intelligent applications virtually anywhere.

As Satya mentioned during our Build conference last month, applications will increasingly require a ubiquitous computing fabric from the cloud to the edge. These applications also require new machine learning and AI capabilities that enable them to see, hear and predict. The driving force behind these capabilities is data. Data is vital to every app and experience we build today. Organizations are using their data to extract important insights to drive their businesses forward and engage their customers in new ways. Customers like Renault-Nissan are revolutionizing their customer experience with connected cars. Rockwell Automation, a leader in industrial automation has built predictive maintenance capabilities on their equipment to save time and reduce cost associated with device failure. Liebherr, a leader in manufacturing, produces intelligent refrigerators that use object recognition to recommend grocery lists based on refrigerator contents. These are just a few examples of customers leveraging their data, wherever it exists, to turn it

04

Jun

Offering the largest scale and broadest choice for SAP HANA in the cloud

Microsoft at SAPPHIRE NOW 2018

Enterprises have been embarking on a journey of digital transformation for many years. For many enterprises this journey cannot start or gain momentum until core SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) landscapes are transformed. The last year has seen an acceleration of this transformation with SAP customers of all sizes like Penti, Malaysia Airlines, Guyana Goldfields , Rio Tinto, Co-op, and Coats migrating to the cloud on Microsoft Azure. This cloud migration, which is central to digital transformation, helps to increase business agility, lower costs, and enable new business processes to fuel growth. In addition, it has allowed them to take advantage of advancements in technology such as big data analytics, self-service business intelligence (BI), and Internet of Things (IOT).

As leaders in enterprise software, SAP and Microsoft provide the preferred foundation for enabling the safe and trusted path to digital transformation. Together we enable the inevitable move to SAP S/4HANA which will help accelerate digital transformation for customers of all sizes.

Microsoft has collaborated with SAP for 20+ years to enable enterprise SAP deployments with Windows Server and SQL Server. In 2016 we partnered to offer SAP certified, purpose-built, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances

04

Jun

Why you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs, today and in the future

I love all the amazing things our partners and customers are doing on Azure! Adobe, for example, is using a combination of infrastructure and platform services to deliver the Adobe Experience Manager globally. HP is using AI to help improve their customer experiences. Jet is using microservices and containers on IaaS VMs to deliver a unique ecommerce experience. These three customers are just a few examples where major businesses have bet on Azure, the most productive, hybrid, trusted and intelligent cloud.

For the last few years, Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) has been the primary service hosting customer applications. Azure VMs are the easiest to migrate from on-premises while still enabling you to modernize your IT infrastructure, improve efficiency, enhance security, manage apps better and reduce costs. And I am proud that Azure continues to be recognized as a leader in this key area.

As you are considering your movement and deployment in the cloud, I want to share a few key reasons you should bet on Azure for your infrastructure needs.

Infrastructure for every workload

We are committed to providing the right infrastructure for every workload. Across our 50 Azure regions, you can pick from a broad array of virtual machines with

24

May

Explore Build 2018 content with playlists
Explore Build 2018 content with playlists

If you couldn’t attend Microsoft Build 2018, now is your opportunity to do so online with Microsoft Build Live 2018. Learn about the cloud, AI, IoT, and much more. But as you browse the hundreds of recordings available, you may find it overwhelming to find the things that are the most relevant to what you want to learn. That’s why we organized select content into playlists.

Playlist: Migrate existing apps to the cloud

Simply select the playlist that is most interesting to you, and you’ll get our top picks for the most relevant sessions, resources, and expert interviews:

Migrate existing apps to the cloud – Learn the best strategy and which tools to use for migrating your infrastructure and applications to Azure. Extend existing apps with cloud services – Learn how to take your applications to the next level by using your current skills to use Azure services and let Azure do the heavy lifting for you. Learn to build cloud-native apps – Learn how easy it is to create a cloud-native application in Azure that is intelligent, performant, highly-available, and cost-effective. Add intelligence to apps using machine learning and AI – Learn how to use the power of

24

May

Devs imagine, create, and code the future at Microsoft Build

On Monday, May 7, more than 6,000 developers from more than 70 countries descended on the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, for Microsoft Build. From experienced coders to eight-year-old prodigies, the attendees were united by a passion for building apps for the intelligent cloud. To catch up on sessions you missed, check out the on-demand content.

CEO Satya Nadella kicked things off by talking about how the intelligent cloud will revolutionize every aspect of our lives. Alongside Executive Vice President for Cloud and Enterprise Group Scott Guthrie and Corporate Vice President for Windows Joe Belfiore, Nadella showed developers how they can use Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365 to create transformational multisense and multidevice experiences.

In one keynote demonstration, attendees got to see how an audio-video device using Microsoft 365 and AI services could transform a common business meeting. Through the use of facial recognition, each attendee was greeted by name as they entered the room. The device even transcribed their speech in real-time, automatically assigning the text to the right speaker. Power BI was used to visualize data. Cortana, together with Microsoft Graph, created a summary of action items, automatically attaching the files that were mentioned.