Report warns of ‘dubious’ permissions gap for enterprise hybrid and multi-cloud

A new report has warned of a 'dubious' gap for permissions across enterprise hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

The study from CloudKnox Security, which is described as an industry first, polled more than 150 global organisations on their usage of Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and VMware vSphere.

Overall, the standout finding saw more than 90% of organisations were using fewer than 5% of permissions granted. Each specific provider told a...

Satya Nadella’s Microsoft Ignite keynote speech analysed: Cloud driving digital transformation

It is all but impossible to be a cloud CEO giving a keynote speech and not frame your discussion around the impact of Covid-19. As your event is virtual, caused by the pandemic, and powered by cloud, thoughts naturally turn to what will remain from the 'new normal' - and what needs to change.

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, put forward his five-step plan for the next generation of innovation in the cloud. AI, edge and even blockchain featured heavily - along with a smattering of...

Spotlight: How hyperscaler clouds and telecom operators are collaborating for 5G

5G is clearly a new revolution which supports various new technologies - autonomous cars, augmented and virtual reality - by providing low latency and higher bandwidth on the network. For the first time, with 5G, telecom network workloads are shifted to cloud and becoming the service-based architecture (SBA) where network will be used to push services to subscribers. Additionally, edge clouds are being introduced which further extends 5G capabilities and delivers faster, reliable services...

10 charts which will change your perspective of Microsoft Azure’s growth

Microsoft Azure revenue grew 50% year-over-year in fiscal Q2, 2021, contributing to a 26% increase in server products and cloud services revenue According to the latest earnings call, more than 1,000 Microsoft customers now use Azure Arc to simplify hybrid management and run Azure services across on-premises, multi-cloud and at the edge Commercial cloud gross margins increased to 71% in the latest quarter, up from 67% a year earlier There are now more than 60 Azure regions globally,...

Microsoft launches new industry clouds for finance, manufacturing and non-profit

Microsoft has launched industry-specific cloud offerings for the financial services, manufacturing and non-profit sectors in a continuation of its strategy.

The 'industry clouds' now comprise five for the Redmond giant, adding to current offerings around healthcare and retail - the latter of which was announced as private preview in January. This announcement also adds a public preview roadmap for Microsoft Cloud for Retail.

Financial services is a sector of particular...

Microsoft secures $43.1bn Q2 revenues with Azure growth at 50%

Another quarter, another Microsoft cloudy earnings release which knocks it out of the park. The Redmond giant posted total revenue of $43.1 billion (£31.4bn) for the quarter, a year on year increase of 17%, while Azure growth was at 50%.

While specific Azure revenue figures remain elusive, the three primary buckets continued to see growth. Productivity and business processes hit $13.4bn at an increase of 13% year on year; intelligent cloud, which covers the majority of Azure, saw...

Cockroach Labs 2021 Cloud Report: Google wins on throughput, AWS network latencies ‘unbeatable’

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is the best hyperscale performer across all areas of throughput while Amazon Web Services (AWS) remains the standard for lowest network latency, according to the latest report from database provider Cockroach Labs.

The study, the company's third annual Cloud Report, evaluated the performance of AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud with regard to online transaction processing (OLTP) applications. In total, 54 machines were assessed and almost 1,000...

Microsoft launches Cloud for Retail in latest industry cloud targeting

Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft Cloud for Retail, in another sign of the largest cloud providers targeting specific industries and sectors.

The announcement, which was made at NRF 2021, the annual retail jamboree, aims to help brands enable what Microsoft calls 'intelligent retail'.

As Shelley Bransten, corporate vice president for worldwide retail and consumer goods at Microsoft noted, this involves "using digital solutions to help better know customers,...

Microsoft and Deutsche Telekom expand partnership for high performance cloud

Microsoft and Deutsche Telekom (DT) are extending their collaboration to 'help customers of all sizes accelerate their cloud transformation initiatives.'

The two companies have agreed a seven-year partnership to bolster the telco's cloud acceleration. Deutsche Telekom plans to make the majority of its internal IT workloads public cloud-based by 2025, and Microsoft will train 'thousands' of DT employees as part of the new initiative.

Deutsche Telekom customers will also...

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]...