Category Archives : Events

20

Mar

Microsoft Azure for the Gaming Industry
Microsoft Azure for the Gaming Industry

This blog post was co-authored by Patrick Mendenall, Principal Program Manager, Azure. 

We are excited to join the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this week to learn what’s new and share our work in Azure focused on enabling modern, global games via cloud and cloud-native technologies.

Cloud computing is increasingly important for today’s global gaming ecosystem, empowering developers of any size to reach gamers in any part of the world. Azure’s 54 datacenter regions, and its robust global network, provides globally available, high performance services, as well as a platform that is secure, reliable, and scalable to meet current and emerging infrastructure needs. For example, earlier this month we announced the availability of Azure South Africa regions. Azure services enable every phase of the game development lifecycle from designing, building, testing, publishing, monetizing, measurement, engagement, and growth, providing:

Compute: Gaming services rely on a robust, reliable, and scalable compute platform. Azure customers can choose from a range of compute- and memory-optimized Linux and Windows VMs to run their workloads, services, and servers, including auto-scaling, microservices, and functions for modern, cloud-native games. Data: The cloud is changing the way applications are designed, including how data is processed and stored. Azure provides high availability,

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15

Mar

Join Microsoft at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference
Join Microsoft at the NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference

The world of computing goes deep and wide on working on issues related to our environment, economy, energy, and public health systems. These needs require modern, advanced solutions that were traditionally limited to a few organizations, are hard to scale, and take a long time to deliver. Microsoft Azure delivers High Performance Computing (HPC) capability and tools to power solutions that address these challenges integrated into a global-scale cloud platform. 

Whether it’s a manufacturer running advanced simulations, an energy company optimizing drilling through real-time well monitoring, or a financial services company using AI to navigate market risk  Microsoft’s partnership with NVIDIA makes access to NVIDIA GPUs easier than ever.

Join us in San Jose next week at NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference to learn how Azure customers combine the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud with the capability of NVIDIA GPUs. We will share examples of work we’ve done in oil & gas, automotive, artificial intelligence, and much more. Also, be on the lookout for new and exciting integrations between Azure AI and NVIDIA that bring GPU acceleration to more developers.

Microsoft sessions at the conference include: Using ONNX for Accelerated Inferencing on Cloud and Edge – Prasanth Pulavarthi (Microsoft) Accelerated

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14

Mar

IoT in Action: Thriving partner ecosystem key to transformation

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an ongoing journey. Three years ago, when I entered this business, the world of IoT was in its infancy. Traditional industry technology adopters understood the importance of innovation and implemented isolated solutions to address discrete business issues such as inventory management, loss prevention, logistics management, and other such processes that could be automated.

Digital transformation requires that these solutions be connected so that the data can be collected and analyzed more effectively across systems to drive exponential improvements in operations, profitability, and customer and employee loyalty. The advent of sensors and analytics at the edge plus advancements in cloud platforms and data analytics is enabling this. Systems and services are now connected to provide more holistic solutions that deliver value through operational or profitability improvements and in many cases, through new revenue streams.

The creation of these solutions typically requires an ecosystem of partners. This is where Microsoft provides a distinct advantage, through our partner-plus-platform-approach, that is driving change in IoT technology adoption. Microsoft has committed $5 billion in IoT-focused investments to grow and support our partner ecosystem–specifically through unrelenting R&D innovation in critical areas, like security, new development tools and intelligent services, artificial

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14

Mar

Hardware innovation for data growth challenges at cloud-scale

The Open Compute Project (OCP) Global Summit 2019 kicks off today in San Jose where a vibrant and growing community is sharing the latest in innovation to make hardware more efficient, flexible, and scalable.

For Microsoft, our journey with OCP began in 2014 when we joined the foundation and contributed the very same server and datacenter designs that power our global Azure cloud, but it didn’t stop there. Each year at the OCP summit, we contribute innovation that addresses the most pressing challenges for our industry, including a modular and globally compatible server design and universal motherboard with Project Olympus to enabling hardware security with Project Cerberus to a next generation specification for SSD storage with Project Denali.

This year we’re turning our attention to the exploding volume of data being created daily. Data is at the heart of digital transformation and companies are leveraging data to improve customer experiences, open new markets, make employees and processes more productive, and create new sources of competitive advantage as they work toward the future of tomorrow.

Data – the engine of Digital Transformation

The Global Datasphere* which quantifies and analyzes the amount of data created, captured, and replicated in any given year

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11

Mar

Cloud Commercial Communities webinar and podcast newsletter–March 2019

Welcome to the Cloud Commercial Communities monthly webinar and podcast update. Each month the team focuses on core programs, updates, trends, and technologies that Microsoft partners and customers need to know to increase success using Azure and Dynamics. Make sure you catch a live webinar and participate in live QA. If you miss a session, you can review it on demand. Also consider subscribing to the industry podcasts to keep up to date with industry news.

Upcoming in March 2019 Webinars Getting Started with High Performance Computing (HPC)
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10AM Pacific Commandments of Outstanding Presentation Slides
Thursday, March 21, 2019 9AM Pacific Launching the New H Series of High-Performance Computing (HPC) Clusters
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 10AM Pacific Securely Migrating to Azure with F5
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 10AM Pacific Podcasts Changing Everything for Retailers
Thursday, March 7, 2019 Growing a culture of innovation at FIS with InnovateIN48
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Recap for February 2019 Webinars Optimize Your Marketplace Listing with Featured Apps and Services
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 11:00 AM PST
Do you have an application or service listed on Azure Marketplace or AppSource? Looking to optimize your listing to be more discoverable by customers? Discoverability in Azure Marketplace and AppSource

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11

Mar

IoT in Action: A more sustainable future for farming

https://azure.microsoft.com/blog/iot-in-action-a-more-sustainable-future-for-farming/

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24

Feb

MWC 2019: Azure IoT customers, partners accelerate innovation from cloud to edge

The Internet of Things (IoT) has expanded the world of computing far beyond mobile and PC, bringing a new and ever-growing class of cloud-connected devices that is on track to reach 20 billion devices by 2020. This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) programming reflects this profound shift, where IoT is transforming industries from agriculture to retail, leveraging emerging technologies including AI, Mixed Reality, edge computing, 5G, and more to not only accelerate business but to also address societal issues like improving our global food supply, reducing energy use, and waste.

IoT unlocks the power of the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge, enabling businesses to take informed actions based on real-time insights from any physical part of their business. Customers including Chevron, Volkswagen, Kohler, CBRE, Thyssenkrupp, and more are embracing IoT as critical to their technology portfolio and using it to optimize business processes, create new connected experiences, and manage digital and physical assets at scale.

Today, Microsoft made a series of announcements for new devices and cloud services that will further increase the strategic value of IoT. Microsoft boasts one of the fastest growing IoT partner ecosystems in the market, with 10,000 IoT partners developing intelligent edge to intelligent cloud

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14

Feb

Learn how to build with Azure IoT: Upcoming IoT Deep Dive events

Microsoft IoT Show, the place to go to hear about the latest announcements, tech talks, and technical demos, is starting a new interactive, live-streaming event and technical video series called IoT Deep Dive!

Each IoT Deep Dive will bring in a set of IoT experts, like Joseph Biron, PTC CTO of IoT, and Chafia Aouissi, Azure IoT Senior Program Manager, during the first IoT Deep Dive, “Building End to End industrial Solutions with PTC ThingWorx and Azure IoT.” Join us on February 20, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Pacific Standard Time to walk-through end to end IoT solutions, technical demos, and best practices.

Come learn and ask questions about how to build IoT solutions and deep dive into intelligent edge, tooling, DevOps, security, asset tracking, and other top requested technical deep dives. Perfect for developers, architects, or anyone who is ready to accelerate going from proof of concept to production, or needs best practices tips while building their solutions.

Upcoming events IoT Deep Dive Live: Building End to End industrial Solutions with PTC ThingWorx and Azure

PTC ThingWorx and Microsoft Azure IoT are proven industrial innovation solutions with a market-leading IoT cloud infrastructure. Sitting on top of

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07

Feb

Cloud Commercial Communities webinar and podcast newsletter–February 2019

Welcome to the Cloud Commercial Communities monthly webinar and podcast update. Each month the team focuses on core programs, updates, trends, and technologies that Microsoft partners and customers need to know to increase success using Azure and Dynamics. Make sure you catch a live webinar and participate in live QA. If you miss a session, you can review it on demand. Also, consider subscribing to the industry podcasts to keep up to date with industry news.

Upcoming in February 2019 Webinars Optimize Your Marketplace Listing with Featured Apps and Services – Tuesday, February 5, 2019 11:00 AM PST
Do you have an application or service listed on Azure Marketplace or AppSource? Looking to optimize your listing to be more discoverable by customers? Discoverability in Azure Marketplace and AppSource can be optimized in a variety of ways. Join this session to learn about how you can gain more visibility for your listings by optimizing content, using keywords, adding trials, and about what matters to Microsoft for Featured Apps and Featured Services on Azure Marketplace and AppSource. Leveraging Free Azure Sponsorship to Grow Your Business on Azure – Tuesday, February 12, 2019 10:00 AM PST
Microsoft has made significant investments in

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04

Feb

Azure IoT drives next-wave innovation in infrastructure and energy

Many of the conveniences we enjoy today are dependent on the infrastructure cities and municipalities provide, such as water mains, streetlights, and roads. This infrastructure and its associated technology support our transportation systems, schools, hospitals, and more. A vital type of infrastructure is the electrical grid – every basic need we have is dependent on access to energy, but the way energy is managed is changing rapidly. Electric vehicles, solar roofs, battery storage, demand flexibility, and green energy are fundamentally changing grid management and driving the urgency to modernize the energy industry through innovation and technology.

Today at the DistribuTECH conference in New Orleans, Azure IoT partners are showcasing new solutions that bring the next level of “smart” to our grids. ABB, GE, EY, and Schneider Electric demonstrate their energy solutions and platforms in their respective booths. We invited eight partners to the Microsoft booth to demonstrate their approach to modernizing infrastructure, and how Azure IoT dramatically accelerates time to results. Each partner is showing exciting new use cases for utilities, infrastructure, and cities that take advantage of cloud, AI, and IoT.

With Azure Digital Twins our partners can create digital replicas of spaces and infrastructure. New functionality in limited

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