Microsoft retrieved the Northern Isles underwater datacenter from the seafloor off Scotland’s Orkney Islands. Project Natick is proving the concept of underwater datacenters is feasible as well as logistically, environmentally and economically practical.
Looking deeper into Microsoft’s ambitious #InsiderUp program’s goal to make everyone, everywhere a programmer.
What you need to know
- Microsoft’s #InsiderUp program is positioned to make everyone a programmer for an increasingly tech-centric world.
- Due to embedded tech all around us Microsoft’s “Tech Intensity” perspective views all companies as tech companies.
- Microsoft wants to make all companies part of its ambitious global cloud computing platform.
- Microsoft’s #InsiderUp is about creating a global human resource to support Microsofts global cloud computing goals.
Microsoft’s recently revealed #InsiderUp program utilizes the company’s vast human resource of enthusiastic Insiders combined with a diversity of programs to connect with and train regular people from various walks of life, all over the world, in the art of coding. Microsoft wants to tear down perceived and actual barriers and make everyone (who wants to be) a programmer.
Still, Microsoft is a business, with a goal to make its Azure Cloud platform the computing platform for every person and business around the world. Teaching everyone on the planet to code is to ensure individuals that are part of companies that Microsoft is incorporating (or trying to assimilate) into its global cloud platform, will have the necessary skills to fit into Microsoft’s big cloud picture…
Shades of “Embrace, Extend, Extinguish” from BITD? Let’s hope not!
Microsoft is striving to make its Azure cloud platform the world’s dominant computing platform, but in a multi-cloud world is Microsoft too Azure-centric?
Before iOS and Android usurped the PC by way of mobile, Microsoft’s Windows operating system ruled computing. As a once Windows-centric world has now embraced iOS, Android and Chrome, Microsoft has positioned Azure as a Super OS that embraces these other platforms.
Microsoft envisions Azure as a cloud platform that will run the world’s cross-platform apps, power tens of billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, stream content like media and games and power intelligent edge devices. As a cloud provider second only to Amazon (AWS), and a company achieving billions of dollars of growth in its cloud business every year, Microsoft seems well on its way to its goal.
Still, Microsoft is trying to seduce the world into its Windows-for-everyone-and-everything like Azure-for-everyone-and-everything strategy. Despite Microsoft’s leadership (second to Amazon) position in a multi-cloud world, AWS and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are the preferred cloud services by many. Given this indisputable reality, perhaps Microsoft’s approach to the cloud should be as collaborative as its Windows and other cross-platform efforts have become.
I am a large but not famous Microsoft fan, but where we are in 2019 proves that Scott McNealy from Sun Microsystems was correct BITD. “The Network is the Computer”. This is why Azure and AWS are leaders in the cloud space, with Google, IBM, and Sun successor Oracle lagging behind.
Microsoft’s Azure Cloud talk seems boring and mundane, but it’s actually where all of the action is.
Microsoft’s Azure cloud talk is boring to most phone- and gaming-obsessed tech enthusiasts. For most the cloud is that intangible thing, that does invisible stuff, that we know, like air, is important but isn’t very exciting to talk about, much less read about.
But for a world that every tech enthusiast knows is heading toward an increasingly cloud-dependent future – the cloud is literally where nearly all of the action will be. It’s already happening. Many people assume because of Microsoft’s high-profile failure with phones (and other consumer products) that the company lacks insight. Critics often view Microsoft’s cloud commitment as a narrow enterprise-focused distraction which contributed Windows phones downfall. I agree neglecting Windows phones should not have happened, but investing in the cloud is not a mistake.
Microsoft is wise to build a scalable Azure cloud computing foundation that will touch everything and virtually everyone on the planet. Microsoft’s Azure is targeting enterprise customers and employees, personal productivity for consumers, gaming, mixed reality, IoT for morning coffee, intelligent cars and much more. With a focus on four platforms: Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365 and Power Platform, Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Gaming, Microsoft is positioning Azure as the world’s computer. If you think Azure doesn’t matter to you – think again.
Again, the mere separation between the Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies that operate off the blockchain is vital for the financial enterprise to operate efficiently and with transparency.
Nasdaq revolutionized financial markets in 1971 by opening them up to millions of individual investors with the world’s first-ever electronic stock exchange. Since then, the company’s innovative spirit has kept them on the leading edge of technology evolution in capital markets, while transforming the brand into a powerhouse technology provider.
To accelerate Nasdaq’s blockchain capabilities aligned with the industry’s rising demand, the company is integrating the Nasdaq Financial Framework with Microsoft Azure Blockchain to build a ledger agnostic blockchain capability that supports a multi-ledger strategy.
Many healthcare organizations are starting to adopt artificial intelligence (AI) systems to gain deeper insight into operations, patient care, diagnostic imaging, cost savings and so on…
This blog used to cover HIPAA and related topics much more closely than is current, however, the intersection of cloud access and keeping medical data safe and legal is a topic virtually all healthtech developers must practice daily.
Now we are getting somewhere. This is a manifestation of the potential and kinetic of the Blockchain not tied to cryptocurrency.
Healthcare costs are skyrocketing. In 2016, healthcare costs in the US are estimated at nearly 18 percent of the GDP! Healthcare is becoming less affordable worldwide, and a serious chasm is widening between those that can afford healthcare and those that cannot.
Insufficient protection of data integrity enables fraudulent modification of records
Insufficient transparency enables fraud to proceed undetected
Blockchain immutability protects the integrity of records
there are others in the article…
In modern technology, layers of innovation that are based on generally available concepts, in this case, Ethereum, is based on the concept of “not reinventing the wheel”. The technical base of this network is 4 components that are specific to this blockchain:
- Transaction Manager – allows access to encrypted transaction data for private transactions, manages local data store and communication with other Transaction
- Crypto Enclave – responsible for private key management and encryption and decryption of private transaction data.
- QuorumChain – voting-based, BFT-hardened consensus mechanism that utilizes core Ethereum features to verify and propagate votes through the network.
- Network Manager – controls access to the network, enabling a permissioned network to be created.
(Voell, Baldet, & Marchoini, 2016, p. 2)
It is these 4 items that make this blockchain stand out from the rest. The fact that EY (Ernst & Young) and Microsoft are behind this gives it near instant credibility. Digital Rights Management is a touchy subject for end users such as myself, but it’s here to stay. Whatsoever can brand transparency viable is a plus.
EY, the global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, has partnered with Microsoft to launch a blockchain network for content rights and royalties management with an aim to streamline the costly and time-consuming processes in the media and entertainment industry. The blockchain network will encompass thousands of business partners and process millions of transactions per day once it is operational, making it one of the world’s largest enterprise blockchain ecosystems. The solution is designed to serve any industry where intellectual property or assets are licensed to other parties and where the creators are paid royalties based on royalty agreements (with calculations that are mostly done manually).
Blockchain has captured the attention of businesses and investors lately, but besides the buzzword, what is blockchain, exactly?
Blockchain is a:
- Data structure
Which is used to create a:
- Cryptographically secure
- Distributed (Shared)
- Digital ledger
UPDATE June 29: The deal is official. No information was given on whether the company would remain platform agnostic.
Earlier this month, Microsoft’s EVP of business development Peggy Johnson explained in an interview with Fortune that the company wouldn’t slow down on acquisitions this year. Indeed, Microsoft is very much interested in small companies that can “fill a gap we have,” explained Johnson, and it seems that Redmond has just found a small startup that could help it improve its cloud business in the near future
According to a report from Israeli business publication Calcalist, Microsoft is planning to acquire Cloudyn, a Tel Aviv-based cloud monitoring startup in a deal evaluated between $50–70 million (via Techcrunch). Cloudyn would be an interesting acquisition for Microsoft, as the Israeli startup developed an expertise in optimizing hybrid cloud environments, supporting Microsoft Azure and other leading cloud platforms such as AWS. More importantly, the company already counts some pretty big clients including Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Ticketmaster.
Interestingly, Cloudyn also announced last month its support for Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs), which are select integrators that manage and monitor Azure deployments for their clients. “Cloudyn equips Azure users with crucial cloud usage and cost optimization services that identify performance and efficiency issues in order to manage their cloud investments and realize their full cloud potential,” explained the company in the press release. It remains to be seen if Cloudyn, which remains platform agnostic as of today, could be used by Microsoft to push Azure as a more efficient cloud platform compared to its competitors.
Microsoft declined to comment the acquisitions rumors, but we’ll let you know if we learn more about it in the coming weeks. Let us know in the comments if you think it makes sense for Microsoft to acquire a cloud monitoring company like Cloudyn. I took the author up on that offer.
Originally published at www.onmsft.com on April 20, 2017.
The author, who I make a point to read whenever he writes, is pointing fingers at Google for privacy issues (where have we heard this before?) in the education market, which they have Windows PC-like control of. Google’s business model and privacy needs can co-exist if done properly. Unlike Apple or Microsoft, Google’s approach is essentially
here is the hardware and software in our cloud, now go run with it.
There is nothing inherently wrong with that approach and could be tied to cost savings compared to traditional school vendors. Handholding and administration outside of internal staff must be made available, and Google does not have a history of having an inside sales support force or some of the assets in place, thus the rub.
Microsoft is rumored to have a direct answer to this market by introducing a version of Windows 10 that is locked down, modern RT if you will. This time it is for Universal Windows Programs only. The selling point is that you can get a locked down device, but should the end user or administrator desire and pay a fee, it can be upgraded to full Windows 10 Home or Pro edition. This way you can have the best of both productivity worlds and can be executed today, unlike other devices announced. This will put a dent into Google’s dominance of the 3-12 education market, and make inroads in undergraduate studies with the upgrade options. The upgrade fee for educational buyers needs to include Office 365, OneDrive, and Skype automatically for up to 4 years. Pricing somewhere along the lines of $100 home and $150 pro. Currently $120 for home, $200 for pro, and $80 for Office University. Should Microsoft hit a home run with this in 2017, you better believe that the Electronic Freedom Foundation will have them in the crosshairs.