Category Archives : Partner

28

Mar

Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 34
Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 34

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From February 16 to February 28, 2019, 50 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual machines

Analytics Zoo: A unified Analytics + AI platform: Analytics Zoo provides a unified analytics and AI platform that unites Spark, TensorFlow, Keras, and BigDL programs into an integrated pipeline. The pipeline can then transparently scale out to a large Hadoop/Spark cluster.

Blender 3D On Windows Server 2016: Studios around the world use Blender as their go-to 3-D software for remodeling, rendering, animation, video editing, compositing, texturing, and more. Apps4Rent helps you deploy Blender on Microsoft Azure.

 

CIS CentOS 7.5 Benchmark L1: This image of CentOS 7.5 is preconfigured by CIS to the recommendations in the associated CIS Benchmark. CIS Benchmarks are vendor-agnostic, consensus-based security configuration guides.

IBM DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition 11.1: Install IBM DB2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition in just a few minutes. IBM DB2 is ideal for development, test, and production infrastructure, and MidVision’s RapidDeploy is shipped for streamlined administration.

IBM DB2 Advanced Workgroup Server Edition

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14

Mar

Maximize existing vision systems in quality assurance with Cognitive AI

Quality assurance matters to manufacturers. The reputation and bottom line of a company can be adversely affected if defective products are released. If a defect is not detected, and the flawed product is not removed early in the production process, the damage can run in the hundreds of dollars per unit. To mitigate this, many manufacturers install cameras to monitor their products as they move along the production line. But the data may not always be useful. For example, cameras alone often struggle with identifying defects at high volume of images moving at high speed. Now, a solution provider has developed a way to integrate such existing systems into quality assurance management. Mariner, with its Spyglass solution, uses AI from Azure to achieve visibility over the entire line, and to prevent product defects before they become a problem.

Quality assurance expenses

Quality assurance (QA) management in manufacturing is time-consuming and expensive, but critical. The effects of poor quality are substantial, as they result in:

Re-work costs Production inefficiencies Wasted materials Expensive and embarrassing recalls 

And worst of all, dissatisfied customers that demand returns. 

Multiple variables across multiple facilities

Too many variables make product defect analysis and prediction difficult. Manufacturers need

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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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13

Mar

Spinning up cloud-scale analytics is even more compelling with Talend and Microsoft

Special thanks to Lee Schlesinger and the Talend team for their contribution to this blog post.

Following the significant announcement around the continued price-performance leadership of Azure Data Warehouse in February 2019, Talend announced support of Stitch Data Loader for Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Stich Data Loader is Talend’s recent addition to its offering portfolio small and mid-market customers. With Stitch Data Loader, customers can load 5 million rows/month into Azure SQL Data Warehouse for free or scale up to an unlimited number of rows with a subscription.

All across the industry, there is a rapid shift to the cloud. Utilizing fast, flexible, and secure cloud data warehouse is an important first step in that journey. With Microsoft Azure SQL Data Warehouse and Stitch Data Loader companies can get started faster than ever. The fact that ADW can be up to 14x faster, and 94 percent less expensive than similar options in the marketplace, should only help further accelerate adoption of cloud scale analytics by customers of all sizes.

Building pipelines to the cloud with Stitch Data Loader

The Stitch team built the Azure SQL Data Warehouse integration with the help of Microsoft engineers. The solution leverages Azure Blob Storage

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12

Mar

Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 33
Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 33

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From February 1 to February 15, 2019, 50 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual machines

Attunity Replicate: Attunity Replicate integrates data in real time to Azure targets, including Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure SQL Database, and Azure Event Hubs, and it helps load, ingest, migrate, distribute, consolidate, and synchronize data.

Cyber Security Assessment Tool (CSAT): The Cyber Security Assessment Tool (CSAT) from QS solutions provides insight into security vulnerabilities through automated scans and analyses.

Fortinet FortiSandbox Advanced Threat Protection: FortiSandbox for Azure enables organizations to defend against advanced threats natively in the cloud, alongside third-party security solutions, or as an extension to their on-premises security architectures.

InterSystems IRIS for Health Community Edition: InterSystems IRIS for Health provides the capabilities for building complex, data-intensive applications. It’s a comprehensive platform spanning data management, interoperability, transaction processing, and analytics.

KNIME Server: KNIME Server offers shared repositories, advanced access management, flexible execution, web enablement, and commercial support. Share data, nodes,

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08

Mar

Azure Stack IaaS – part 3
Azure Stack IaaS – part 3

This blog post was co-authored by David Armour Principal PM Manager, Azure Stack and Tiberiu Radu, Senior Program Manager, Azure Stack.​

Foundation of Azure Stack IaaS

Remember back in the virtualization days when you had to pick a host for your virtual machine? Some of my business units could tell by the naming convention the make and manufacturer of the hardware. Using this knowledge, they’d fill up the better gear first, leaving the teams that didn’t know better with the oldest hosts.

Clouds take a different approach. Instead of hosts, VMs are placed into a pool of capacity. The physical infrastructure is abstract. The compute, storage, and networking resources consumed by the VM are defined through software.

Azure Stack is an instance of the Azure cloud that you can run in your own datacenter. Microsoft has taken the experience and technology from running one of the largest clouds in the world to design a solution you can host in your facility. This forms the foundation of Azure Stack’s infrastructure-as-service (IaaS).

Let’s explore some of the characteristics of the Azure Stack infrastructure that allows you to run cloud-native VMs directly in your facility.

Cloud inspired hardware

Microsoft employees can’t just purchase

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07

Mar

Microsoft continues to build the case for data estate modernization on Azure

Special thanks to Rik Tamm-Daniels and the Informatica team for their contribution to this blog post. ​

With the latest release of Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Microsoft doubles-down on Azure SQL DW as one of the core data services for digital transformation on Azure. In addition to the fundamental benefits of agility, on-demand scaling and unlimited compute availability, the most recent price-to-performance metrics from the GigaOM report are one of several the compelling arguments they have made for customers to adopt Azure SQL DW. Interestingly, Microsoft is also announcing the general availability of Azure Data Lake Gen 2 and Azure Data Explorer. Along with Power BI for rich visualization, these enhanced set of capabilities cement Microsoft’s leadership position around Cloud Scale Analytics.

Every day, I speak with joint Informatica and Microsoft customers who are looking to transform their approach to their data estate with a cohesive data lake and cloud data warehousing solution architecture. These customers range from global logistics companies, to auto manufacturers to the world’s largest insurers, and all of them see the tremendous potential of the Microsoft modern data estate approach; in fact, just via Informatica’s iPaaS (integration platform-as-a-service) offering, Informatica Intelligent Cloud Services, we’ve seen a

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04

Mar

Azure Marketplace and Cloud Solution Provider updates – March 2019

In February, Microsoft shared an ambitious vision to continue innovating as a technology provider and to improve the experience for solution developers and service providers when engaging with Microsoft. Our partners are delivering more innovation in AI, expanding their business through more co-selling opportunities, and leveraging distribution options through our commercial marketplaces such as Azure Marketplace and AppSource.

Today, we’re very excited to begin rolling out an initial set of platform changes which open new opportunities for our partners to go to market with Microsoft. This work sets the stage for more enhancements coming this winter and spring that continue to drive partner business acceleration. Get a sneak peek on our public marketplace roadmap.

Microsoft makes Azure Marketplace offers available to CSP channel partners

Microsoft’s Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) partner program is the largest channel program in the industry with more than 60,000 channel partners serving millions of Microsoft customers worldwide. Starting today, ISVs can choose to make their transactable Azure Marketplace offer available for distribution through the CSP channel. Partners in the CSP program will be able to sell, deploy, and bundle Azure services with Azure-optimized ISV software from the marketplace to better serve customers and grow their managed

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26

Feb

Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 32
Azure Marketplace new offers – Volume 32

We continue to expand the Azure Marketplace ecosystem. From January 16 to January 31, 2019, 70 new offers successfully met the onboarding criteria and went live. See details of the new offers below:

Virtual machines

Admin Password Manager for Enterprise: Admin Password Manager for Enterprise simplifies password management while helping customers implement recommended defenses against possible cyberattacks.

Appiyo BPM – Simple lightweight process engine: Appiyo’s compute engine helps you implement simple business processes and API integration scenarios. It can be used for enterprise linkage to conversational BOTs and for IOT scenarios and document management.

Attendize Open-source ticket selling system: Attendize offers a wide array of ticket and event management features, including mobile-friendly event pages, attendee management, data export, real-time event statistics, and support for multiple currencies.

AVReporter Azure: The AVReporter energy management software contains desktop, web, and mobile interfaces; reports and graphical elements; alerts; ready-to-use dashboards; and more.

Celebrus Enterprise Customer Data Platform: Celebrus captures a complete picture of customer behavior and experience, creating events and profiles in real time for 1-to-1 personalization and streaming analytics.

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