Using Microsoft Azure technology, Oneview Healthcare Launches First Cloud-based Care Experience Platform

Oneview Healthcare , a global healthcare technology company, today announced the launch of CXP Cloud Enterprise for enhancing the patient care experience within health systems. Deployed on Microsoft Azure with Samsung tablets, this cloud-based platform helps health systems quickly adopt technology for engaging patients, reducing non-clinical demands on care teams and optimizing clinical and operational effectiveness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, care teams have been under intense pressure while staff and patients have restricted access to family and friends. CXP Cloud Enterprise gives patients and their families the ability to communicate virtually with healthcare teams, along with access to education and health information. Oneview enables care teams to provide patients with access to unified information and applications on secure bedside devices that can drive more meaningful engagement, improved satisfaction, and better-quality outcomes.

Aruba in collaboration with Microsoft, announced 2 new solutions that enable organizations to accelerate their Digital Transformation

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, in collaboration with Microsoft, announced two new solutions that enable organizations to accelerate their digital transformation from edge-to-cloud by delivering deeper integration between Aruba ESP (Edge Services Platform) and Microsoft Azure. Announced at Microsoft Ignite 2021, the first solution is Aruba IoT Transport for Azure, a service that enables IoT devices connected to Aruba access points (APs) and controllers to bi-directionally communicate with the Azure IoT Hub. In addition, Aruba announced the introduction of the Aruba Central cloud management platform hosted on Azure, bringing Aruba’s enterprise-grade cloud networking solution, with more than 1 million devices already under management, to Azure.

Working closely with Microsoft, Aruba developed the Aruba IoT Transport for Azure service

Working closely with Microsoft, Aruba developed the Aruba IoT Transport for Azure service – the first of its kind for general purpose applications – to address these challenges. The Aruba IoT Transport for Azure multiplies the power of Aruba ESP by seamlessly enabling the secure, bi-directional movement of data from IoT devices connected to Aruba APs and controllers, enabling customers to take advantage of the vast array of services and applications available in Azure. Aruba IoT Transport for Azure eliminates the need for an intermediate gateway, server, or application, thus reducing processing latency. Additionally, the solution allows customers to run IoT systems and services over their existing Aruba infrastructure, thus reducing the time, cost and risk of developing homegrown or customized solutions. This frees customers to focus on instrumenting facilities, achieving hyperawareness, and deriving deeper insights from their business processes.

The World will require much more from the Cloud – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

As the recovery from the pandemic gets underway, the world “will require much more” from the cloud and will demand innovations from cloud computing to devices, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Tuesday. Speaking at the virtual Microsoft Ignite 2021 conference, Nadella outlined his vision for the five “key attributes” that will “drive this next generation of innovation in the cloud.” “It’s time for us to reflect on how the cloud will change over the next decade, and the innovation [that] our changing world will require from the cloud,” Nadella said in his pre-recorded keynote address for Ignite 2021. “We will need to foundationally transform how cloud can drive the next level of broad economic growth that everyone can participate in.”

Microsoft has reportedly launched 3 Industry-Specific Cloud Solutions

Microsoft has launched three industry-specific cloud solutions, as part of its new vision to co-innovate and support its customers and partners across the globe. The technology giant has introduced Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services, Microsoft Cloud for Manufacturing and Microsoft Cloud for Non-profit, which it says have been designed with industry challenges in mind – to enable organisations to deliver value at record pace. The announcement follows a year of dramatic disruption, with companies in every industry turning to digital tools to provide the resilience and agility needed to survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through these industry clouds, we aim to empower everyone to deliver value faster – Alysa Taylor, corporate VP, business applications and global industry at Microsoft

We created the Microsoft industry clouds by bringing together common data models, cross-cloud connectors, workflows, APIs, and industry-specific components and standards, with the breadth of Microsoft’s multiple cloud services. Through these industry clouds, we aim to empower everyone to deliver value faster, adapt quickly to changing conditions, build for the future and do all of this with security at the core.

With CloudOps Active Management Solution (CAMS) from igroup, AWS and Azure users will achieve significant performance improvements and cost reductions

AWS and Azure users will achieve significant performance improvements and cost reductions with the launch of the new CloudOps Active Management Solution (CAMS) from igroup. The solution brings together tools and processes to automate support and management functions for customers as well as deliver business critical information through easy to access dashboards. Installed on any new or existing Azure or AWS infrastructure, allows companies using it to concentrate on delivering higher quality applications and services in the cloud rather than spending time supporting and managing their cloud.

Microsoft introducing the preview of two new SKUs to the Azure Front Door family, which combines capabilities of Azure Front Door, Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) standard

To address these customer requirements, Miscrosoft is introducing the preview of two new SKUs to the Azure Front Door family, which combines capabilities of Azure Front Door, Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN) standard, and Azure Web Application Firewall (WAF) into a single secure cloud CDN platform with intelligent threat protection and a simple to understand pricing model. Azure Front Door standard SKU is content delivery optimized, offering both static and dynamic content acceleration, global load balancing, SSL offload, domain and certificate management, enhanced traffic analytics, and basic security capabilities.

Microsoft’s Azure cloud delivered over $7 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter

Amazon moved into the market well before Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and other information-technology providers, and has held on to its lead. Microsoft’s Azure cloud delivered over $7 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter, according to two analysts’ estimates, while Amazon’s competing Web Services business generated $12.7 billion in revenue during the same period. The success of AWS has propelled its leader, Andy Jassy, into the top spot at Amazon, where he’ll replace Jeff Bezos later this year.

IT leaders are eight times more likely to search for experts with AWS skills than Google Cloud Platform or Microsoft Azure

IT leaders are eight times more likely to search for experts with AWS skills than Google Cloud Platform or Microsoft Azure, according to data from Hired’s State of Software Engineers 2021 report, published Wednesday. The report examined thousands of candidate interview requests and salary data. Redux.js, Google Cloud, React.js and AWS skills top the list of most in-demand coding skills, according to the report. Demand for cloud skills grew as most companies turned to the cloud to uphold operations. Nine in 10 organizations say they increased their cloud workloads and use of machine learning technologies in 2020.

Auto Major Volkswagen to use Microsoft Azure Cloud Computing Services to Help it Streamline its Software Development Efforts for Self-Driving Cars

Volkswagen has said it will use Microsoft’s cloud computing services to help it streamline its software development efforts for self-driving cars. Volkswagen, which owns brands such as Audi and Porsche, is working on both self-driving cars for the future and driver-assistance features such as adaptive cruise control in current vehicles. But the company’s brand had been developing those features independently. Last year, Volkswagen consolidated some of those development efforts into a subsidiary called Car.Software to better coordinate among the makers, with each company handling its own work around the look and feel of the software while collaborating on core safety functions such as detecting obstacles.

“Azure — I wish we probably started a year or so, two years earlier” – Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that he regretted not getting into cloud computing earlier

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Thursday that he regretted not getting into cloud computing earlier. The remarks point to Amazon’s success in building a business around renting computing and storage resources to companies, governments and schools. “Azure — I wish we probably started a year or so, two years earlier,” Ballmer said in an audio conversation streamed live on the mobile app Clubhouse. “We started actually with platform as a service instead of infrastructure as a service. Probably we would do that a little bit differently. It cost us a little bit of time in the eventual battle, if you will, with AWS.”

We’re already doing some things at Microsoft where we have AI bots in a testing loop running through the game – James Gwertzman, Head of Cloud Gaming at Microsoft

We’re already doing some things at Microsoft where we have AI bots in a testing loop running through the game, or they can watch streams and look for texture errors and geometry errors. We also see AI used for personalization. We had a project recently where we built some personalization or recommendation engines for retail. It’s being used by Walmart to make consumer recommendations. We then tried to use the exact same tech in Minecraft, for example, and it turns out it’s way more effective…. So we’re going to try and roll that out and make it more available to developers. I love finding opportunities where we find something in another industry, and we can bring it over and apply it to gaming.

There’s analytics and data being captured from the game – James Gwertzman, Head of Cloud Gaming at Microsoft

I would look at Fortnite and say that is a full on community, it’s not just a game, it’s a platform, and you’re doing things in the game like concerts, which are way beyond the reach of just the game itself. Even mostly single-player games are doing this. There’s updates, there’s parts of the game that are personalized, and every player now might have a different experience. There’s analytics and data being captured from the game, which you’re using as a game designer to figure out what’s working and what isn’t. You’re not shipping a game every 2-3 years as a developer, you’re constantly updating and revising the game you’ve got with seasons, content, updates.

Every quarter, the Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) team is responsible for some 4,000 digital certificate renewals

Cybersecurity is a constant challenge at Microsoft. To protect the connections between computer servers, resources, and their users, the company regularly uses digital certificates signed by trusted authority providers. Every quarter, the Microsoft Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) team is responsible for some 4,000 digital certificate renewals. At two to four hours to do each one, sometimes more, this used tens of thousands of labor hours every year. What if there were a way to avoid the manual, time-consuming tasks normally associated with certificate renewal? That’s the question that Wilson Gajarla, a senior software engineer in CSEO, faced after an incident with an important certificate on a local machine in a Microsoft lab at the company headquarters in Redmond.

Download Microsoft E-book, 5 Steps to Modernizing Your Data: Creating SaaS Apps with the Microsoft Data Platform

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Microsoft Fiscal 2nd Quarter Sales Up by 17%, Thanks to buoyant Demand for Corporate Cloud-Computing Services

Microsoft Corp. said fiscal second-quarter sales rose 17%, a faster clip than analysts projected, thanks to buoyant demand for corporate cloud-computing services and software tools that support at-home workers. Shares rose in late trading. Growth in the company’s Azure cloud-computing division jumped 50%. Microsoft has benefited as many corporate clients have accelerated a shift to the cloud, where they can store data and run applications via the internet, and as businesses set up work teams with online productivity tools and teleconferencing software.

Pandemic Caused Some Companies to Speed Up Moves to Cloud & Upgrades to Internet-based Collaboration Software – Amy Hood, Microsoft CFO

Sales in each of Microsoft’s three divisions exceeded the average estimates of analysts polled by Bloomberg. Corporate versions of Office 365 cloud-based software saw revenue rise 21% in the quarter, the company said. Seats — the number of licensed users — rose 15% at corporations. Subscribers to the consumer version of Microsoft 365, which combines Office and Windows, increased 28% to 47.5 million. We really saw signs of recovery across industries, improvement in small and medium-sized businesses, and we obviously saw consumption that was better than we thought. We saw the improvement across a number of the industries that have been more impacted” in Microsoft’s previous two quarters.

Growth in Microsoft’s Azure Cloud-Computing Division Jumped 50%

Growth in the company’s Azure cloud-computing division jumped 50%. Microsoft has benefited as many corporate clients have accelerated a shift to the cloud, where they can store data and run applications via the internet, and as businesses set up work teams with online productivity tools and teleconferencing software. Personal-computer sales also surged in the quarter, boosting the company’s flagship Windows operating-system business, while gaming revenue topped $5 billion for the first time in a single quarter.

Microsoft’s Cloud Business Shows no Signs of Slowing Down, with a Revenue Increase of 23% Compared to Last Year

Microsoft’s cloud business shows no signs of slowing down, with a revenue increase of 23 percent compared to last year, it’s also seeing strong growth when it comes to the PC market in general. Its More Personal Computing business, which includes Windows, Surface and Xbox, rose 14 percent over last year to reach $15.1 billion. Analysts expected that segment to earn $13.55 billion. Not surprisingly, the company also saw a 40 percent increase in Xbox content ands services, as well as an 86 percent increase in Xbox hardware sales, both thanks to the release of its next generation consoles.

Satya Nadella’s bet on Cloud Computing has been Pivotal to Microsoft’s Multiyear Run of Year-Over-Year Sales Increases

Microsoft has posted record quarterly sales underpinned by pandemic-fueled demand for videogaming and accelerated adoption of its cloud-computing services as businesses continued to embrace new digital tools during the health crisis. “What we have witnessed over the past year is the dawn of a second wave of digital transformation sweeping every company and every industry,” Mr. Nadella said Tuesday. Mr. Nadella’s bet on cloud computing has been pivotal to Microsoft’s multiyear run of year-over-year sales increases. Sales for the company’s Azure cloud-services have expanded rapidly; however, before the pandemic hit the pace of growth was slowing as the business gained scale. Remote working arrested that decline. Azure sales increased 50% in the most quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a 48% rise for the prior three-month period.

Azure Became a Bigger Source of Revenue for Microsoft than its Windows Operating System Licenses in the September Quarter, 2020

Azure became a bigger source of revenue for Microsoft than its Windows operating system licenses in the September quarter, said Brent Bracelin, an analyst at Piper Sandler. Microsoft doesn’t break out Azure revenue, but the company is the world’s second-largest cloud-computing vendor after Amazon.com Inc. The role of videogaming in Microsoft’s fortunes also has increased under Mr. Nadella, in part fueled by acquisitions. The company last year bought ZeniMax Media Inc., the parent company of the popular Doom videogame franchise, for $7.5 billion. Xbox content and services revenue increased 40% in the latest quarter, aided by the November release of two new gaming consoles, Xbox Series X and S, to battle Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 5.

Microsoft Saw Millions of Classrooms Come Together in Unexpected Ways through Cloud during COVID

This year, Microsoft saw millions of classrooms come together in unexpected ways. While it might not have been easy from behind a mask or computer screen, everyone in the Microsoft Education community—from principals and teachers to students and parents—have shown flexibility and resilience this year. The community has worked together to create engaging and inclusive learning environments, support one another, and even have fun.

AWS Leads GCP & Azure on Latency & Cost, but lags on Performance, according to a New Benchmarking Report by Cockroach Labs

AWS leads GCP and Azure on latency and cost, but lags on performance, according to a new benchmarking report. Distributed SQL database firm Cockroach Labs’ third annual report looking into cloud performance of AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and runs benchmark tests against CPU Performance, Network Performance, Storage I/O Performance, and Online Transactional Processing (OLTP) Performance. The report found that GCP delivered the most throughput on network throughput, storage I/O read throughput, storage I/O write throughput, and maximum throughput per minute. GCP’s top-performing machine had 165 percent and 237 percent more throughput than AWS and Azure respectively, while its bottom-performing network throughput machine still performed 62 percent and 105 percent better than AWS’ and Azure’s top-performing network throughput machines.

Blue Prism expanded its footprint in cloud by adding BYOL Support for Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace & AppSource

Blue Prism’s technology promises to automate nearly any app on any platform, including everything from PCs to web browsers and cloud systems; this week, Blue Prism expanded its footprint in the cloud by adding Bring Your Own License support for Microsoft’s Azure Marketplace and AppSource. Cognitive services such as Azure Computer Vision, Form Recognizer, and Text Analytics are included in the new offering, enabling Blue Prism users to directly license the services they need from Microsoft, while benefiting from already-developed Blue Prism AI accelerators. Blue Prism users can access over 175 Microsoft product-specific enterprise automation accelerators, including ones specific to Healthcare Cloud, Power Automate, and Power Platform.

Microsoft Secretly Working on Cloud PC?

According to media reports, Microsoft is secretly working on Cloud PC, a new service that will allow users to access desktop apps from any device within minutes. For starters, Cloud PC is a new Azure-based service built on top of “Windows Virtual Desktop” and it aims to redefine the “Modern Workplace” and revolutionize computing environments. Windows 10 Cloud PC is expected to drop sometime between March and June 2021, and new exciting details surrounding the service have now been leaked online. There’ll be at least three different configurations for Cloud PC – Medium (general-purpose computing), Heavy (better performance) and Advanced (business customers).

Microsoft is Reported to be Designing its own ARM-based Processors for its Servers

Apple launched its ARM-based M1 processors for Mac computers earlier this month. Now, Microsoft is also reported to be designing its own ARM-based processors for its servers and possibly for a future Surface devices, according to a recent Bloomberg report. The ARM-based processors will be used in servers for Microsoft’s Azure cloud services and be based around ARM designs, the report says. Microsoft is also reportedly also exploring using another chip for some of its Surface devices.