Microsoft sees strong growth in latest financials – as analyst puts Azure bigger than Windows for first time

Microsoft has reported revenues of $37.2 billion (£28.8bn) for its most recent quarter with Azure revenue growth at 48% - as one analyst argued Azure has overtaken Windows numbers for the first time.

The nuts and bolts of the earnings release did not differ from the norm. The headline for the earnings release, 'Microsoft Cloud Strength Fuels First Quarter Results', conforms to the usual template which this publication noted this time last year: 'Microsoft Cloud [noun] [verb]...

Microsoft adds Austria cloud data centre region to European footprint

Microsoft has announced it is building its first data centre region in Austria to continue its European expansion - two weeks after the company unveiled plans to expand in Greece.

The announcement, which was made at the Austrian Federal Chancellery, has the hallmarks of similar moves. Alongside building a cloud data centre region, Microsoft will build a centre of digital excellence, as well as look to train approximately 120,000 Austrian citizens in digital skills by...

20,000 petabytes under the sea: Exploring the potential of underwater data centres

Humans have become very good at polluting vast areas of the planet by dumping waste in the sea, so perhaps it’s about time that something we put in the sea has the potential improve pollution rather than just adding to it?

Mid-September saw the completion of Microsoft’s first ever experiment with underwater data centres off the Orkney Isles, and the reports have made for intriguing reading. The formal results have yet to be released, but initial signs suggest that the deep sea...

Microsoft unveils Greece data centre initiative, continues European expansion

Microsoft has announced it is building new data centres in Greece as part of a new digital transformation initiative - representing the next step in its European expansion.

The 'GR for GRowth' initiative - capitalisation theirs - will help establish a Microsoft cloud region in Greece, as well as a comittment to train up approximately 100,000 people in digital technologies by 2025.

The build will include the usual trinkets of Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365....

Microsoft unveils Azure for Operators in most aggressive cloud telco pursuit to date

Microsoft has announced the launch of Azure for Operators to begin what the company calls 'a new chapter' in its telecoms industry collaboration.

The move, which aims to 'unlock the power of 5G and bring cloud and edge closer than ever', is the most explicit move to date from a hyperscale cloud provider looking to attract telcos.

It can be seen as the culmination of Microsoft's recent acquisitions of Affirmed Networks and Metaswitch, in March and May respectively. For...

Microsoft and AT&T further collaborate on IoT solutions with Azure Sphere

AT&T and Microsoft's cloudy collaboration continues: the two companies have announced the launch of a new integrated IoT offering to enable further global connectivity.

The enterprise-focused solution will integrate with Azure Sphere, an application platform with built-in features for internet-connected devices, alongside AT&T's core network.

Potential use cases include restaurants and cafes, as well as hospitals and manufacturing plants, being able to retrofit...

Google makes 24/7 carbon free commitment – as Microsoft’s underwater data centre resurfaces

Google has announced the goal of running its business on carbon-free energy everywhere by 2030 in what the company is describing as its 'most ambitious energy goal yet.'

The commitment includes all its Google Cloud data centres and campuses worldwide, with the company saying in a statement it was 'eliminating its entire carbon legacy, effective today.'

Previously, Google said it had become fully carbon neutral - for every kilowatt hour of electricity consumed, a kilowatt...

Gartner adds PaaS to IaaS Magic Quadrant in sign of the times – but the leaders remain the same

The script might have changed, but the leading actors remain. Gartner's 2020 Magic Quadrant analysing the leading players in cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) has included various flavours of platform as a service (PaaS) in a nod to expanding enterprise use cases. Yet these additions have reinforced the status quo, rather than disrupted it.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains top of the rankings, with Microsoft and Google Cloud alongside in the leaders' zone. This is a mirror...

AWS, Azure or Google? Six steps to decide the best cloud for SAP implementations

Analysis I have worked on SAP engagement for enterprise customers for almost 30 years. While SAP continued to develop application features and content during these years, generally the hosting of SAP fell into the same classic selection process as any application: what is the service level, what is the cost, who has the happiest customers?

However, with the advent of public cloud (IaaS), those tried and tested criteria no longer give customers an accurate evaluation of each...

Hyperscaler Q2 market share analysis: AWS still dominates but Azure gaining in the enterprise

The “big three” cloud providers recently announced their Q2 2020 earnings. So, it is a perfect time for a comparison of the relative market share of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud. Let’s take a look at what each cloud provider’s reports shared.

Amazon Web Services

Amazon reported Amazon Web Services (AWS) revenue of $10.8 billion for Q2 2020, compared to $8.3 billion for Q2 2019. AWS revenue grew 29% in the quarter.

Across the...