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Cloud OS Network: Tieto och Microsoft stärker sitt samarbete

Tieto går med i Microsofts Cloud OS Network för att ytterligare utveckla tjänsterna i Tieto Productivity Cloud, som erbjuds i de nordiska länderna. Cloud OS Network är ett globalt konsortium bestående av molntjänstleverantörer som har tagit till sig Microsoft Cloud OS-visionen.  Dessa organisationer erbjuder lösningar för infrastruktur och produktivitetstjänster som baseras på Microsoft validerade plattform utformad för att uppfylla företagens affärsbehov. Avtalet gör det möjligt för Tieto att fortsätta utveckla lösningar på Microsofts molnplattform.

Nätverkets medlemmar kombinerar branschledande Microsoftteknik med den egna expertisen inom datadrift och geografisk expertis, för att ge kunderna full flexibilitet och omfattande valmöjligheter för en hybrid datacenterlösning.

“Våra kunder söker den bästa leveransmodellen för sina Microsoftbaserade lösningar. Tieto kan stödja kunden i deras egna dedikerade miljö, i en privat molnlösning i Tieto Productivity Cloud, i Microsofts publika moln eller i en hybridlösning som kombinerar dem. Tieto Productivity Cloud, baserat på Microsofts molnplattform, möjliggör en fullserviceleverans över olika molnlösningar med sömlösa övergångar, ” säger Mikko Pulkkinen, Vice President, Managed Services, Shared Services, Tieto.

Microsofts molnplattform ger en enhetlig infrastruktur över kunders egna datacenter, Windows Azure, och tjänsteleverantörsmolnlösningar. Detta ger kunderna fler valmöjligheter och större flexibilitet än från någon annan molnleverantör i branschen. “Medlemmar i Cloud OS Network tillhandahåller en pålitlig Microsoftplattform för molnlösningar. Genom att säkerställa en stringens i olika miljöer samt erbjuda möjligheten att välja från en mängd moln – publika, partnerdriftade eller hybrida – erbjuder Tieto kunderna flexibla molnlösningar som bäst motsvarar deras behov,” säger Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Server and Tools Marketing, Microsoft. 

Kunderna kan välja en kombination av tjänster som Microsoft Sharepoint, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft BizTalk, Microsoft Active Directory och Microsoft Dynamics CRM-tjänster  vilka kan levereras i en hybrid molnlösning.

 

 

 

Telecomputing går med i Microsoft Cloud OS Network

Telecomputing meddelar idag att de går med i det globala molninitiativet Microsoft Cloud OS Network, för att erbjuda ökad produktivitet och flexibilitet. Microsoft Cloud OS Network har många molntjänstleverantörer anslutna över hela världen och Telecomputing är en av de första i Sverige att ansluta sig till nätverket. Alliansen gör det möjligt för Telecomputing att kombinera sina lokala produkter och tjänster med Microsofts molnplattform, vilket ger nordiska kunder hög flexibilitet och lösningar som är anpassade efter deras behov.

 

“Genom att gå med i Cloud OS Network kan vi erbjuda våra kunder Microsofts marknadsledande molnplattform och integrera detta med lokala tjänster som behövs för att möta nordiska marknaden och lagkrav. Det nya erbjudandet ger kunderna flexibla molnlösningar baserade på den senaste Microsofttekniken, samtidigt som kostnaderna hålls till ett minimum” säger Kjell Tore Espeseth, CTO på Telecomputing.

 

Cloud OS Network är ett globalt konsortium av 25 molntjänstleverantörer som tillhandahåller tjänster baserade på Microsofts molnplattform, inklusive Windows Server 2012 R2 med Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2 och Windows Azure Pack. Leverantörerna stöder Microsofts Cloud OS-vision om en enhetlig plattform för infrastruktur, applikationer och data som sträcker sig över kundernas datacenter, Windows Azure och leverantörers moln.

 

“Vi ser en ökad efterfrågan på flexibla och dynamiska molntjänster och fokuserar på att leverera mervärdestjänster till den nordiska marknaden som uppfyller dessa behov. Genom att gå med i Cloud OS Network kan vi snabbt och kostnadseffektivt utveckla nya tjänster, locka nya kunder och öka intäkterna,” säger Espeseth.

 

Telecomputing kan nu erbjuda gränslösa datacenter för applikationer, data och device management. Det innebär att kunderna kan fokusera på sin kärnverksamhet istället för att hantera ett datacenter.

 

”Genom att kunder kan nyttja en välkänd plattform baserad på Windows Server Hyper-V, System Center och Windows Azure Pack när de arbetar med en driftsleverantörs tjänster, ger Cloud OS Network fördelen av molntjänster på kundens egna villkor. Som partner i Cloud OS Network kan Telecomputing uppfylla kunders växande behov av konkurrenskraftiga hybridlösningar som är både flexibla och
kostnadseffektiva,” säger Anders Wendt, Produktchef Datacenter på Microsoft Sverige.

 

För mer information, vänligen kontakta:

Telecomputing AS : Kjell Tore Espeseth, CTO, tlf : +47 93 48 37 62

Microsoft AB: Anders Wendt, Produktchef Datacenter, andersw@microsoft.com

Första pris för Nobelprisets skalbara hemsida

Varje år vid denna tid riktas världens ögon mot Sverige, när Nobelpriset delas ut till ledande personer som förändrar världen till det bättre. När de prestigefyllda pristagarna tillkännages i oktober och när de får sina priser i december märks en 100-faldig ökning av besökare på www.nobelprize.org med trafik på upp till tre miljoner träffar på bara en vecka.

“Våra användare är krävande användare” säger Mattias Fyrenius, vd för Nobel Media, det företag som ansvarar för förvaltning och utveckling av medierättigheter kopplade till Nobelpriset. “Vi kan inte misslyckas under veckan i oktober och under veckan i december. Vi måste vara igång och leverera god service, och vi måste ha en partner som kan hantera den volymen och den kvalitén som våra användare kräver.”

Se Mattias Fyrenius och Microsofts Richard Lind berätta mer om samarbete och framtidsplaner i en kort film, eller läs mer nedan.


Med ambitionen att leverera en pålitlig service till allmänheten fattade Nobel Media beslutet att migrera sina system till Windows Azure bara några veckor före pristagarna skulle tillkännages i oktober 2013. Migreringen var en stor framgång, och besökarna upplevde en smidig och pålitlig service under hela den hektiska perioden.

Men Microsoft Azure har inte bara förmågan att leverera under rusningstrafik. Den ger också den nödvändiga skalbarhet, såväl uppåt som nedåt, för att Nobelprisets websida ska ha lagom stor kapacitet även under de lugnare perioderna. Ur ett tekniskt perspektiv är det faktum att Windows Azure är öppet en annan stor bonus, eftersom det kan tillgodose Nobel Medias LAMP-Stackbaserade lösning, som bygger på annan teknik än Microsofts egna.

Förhållandet mellan Microsoft och Nobel Media kommer att blomstra enligt båda parter. “Nobel ger ju ut pris för gärningar som är bra för mänskligheten, och som ofta är nära kopplade till utbildning, vilket är något som är väldigt viktigt även för Microsoft. Vi är väldigt stolta över att få hjälpa ett så prestigefyllt varumärke som verkar för en så ädel sak” säger Richard Lind, Teknisk Direktör på Microsoft Sverige.

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VM Depot repository off to a flying start

February 11th, 2013 No comments

It’s been just one month since Microsoft Open Technologies announced the early preview of VM Depot, a community-driven catalog of open source virtual machine images. Today we are proud to announce that the community has rallied to our call and already produced over 100 images. We are thrilled at the reception this preview has received and there are more images appearing every day. VM Depot, even in preview, is already a valuable resource for open source projects and their communities. On VM Depot the community can build, deploy and share their favorite Linux configuration, create custom open source stacks, work with others and build new architectures for the cloud that leverage the openness and flexibility of the Windows Azure platform.

We already have a range of base Linux distributions upon which you can build new images. These include, but are not limited to, Debian, Centos, Ubuntu and Mageia. There are images that include “big brand” open source projects such as WordPress, Drupal as well as developer stacks such as the LAMP, Ruby Stack and Apache Tomcat. All these are complemented nicely by more niche projects such as the Moodle course management system and PhPCompta, an accounting application adapted to Belgian legislation. Each day we are seeing more and more open source software published on VM Depot for deployment to Windows Azure. I can only thank the growing community for so fully embracing the VM Depot preview. It’s great to arrive here at Microsoft just as this is taking off, I look forward to working with you as we go from strength to strength.

If you haven’t already done so, now is a really good time to take a look at the ever growing range of images available. If you have an Azure subscription, you’re ready to try it out, if not you can quickly sign up for a free 90-day trial subscription. In addition to being able to deploy from your Azure portal we have provided cross-platform command line tools that give you all the control you need. All we ask is that you remember this is a community effort so please rate and comment on any images you try out. This will help users find the best images and help maintainers ensure they are meeting user’s needs.

Should the image you are looking for not be available yet you can let the community know via the VM Depot forums, with luck someone else will have the same need and publish their image for you. Alternatively, you can build and publish an image yourself. Instructions for publishing and managing images are available on the VM Depot website. If you need any assistance please post to the forums where I or another community member will be pleased to help you.

It is clear from the communities uptake of VM Depot that open source is front and center on Windows Azure, with your help we look forward to building on the early momentum this preview release has generated.

A New Milestone For Openness On Windows Azure

June 6th, 2012 No comments

Today Bill Laing, Corporate VP for Server and Cloud, announced a very important set of Windows Azure updates. With these new updates, Windows Azure is more than ever an open and easy platform to build and run applications in the cloud, and the place to be for developers who want to have choice and flexibility.

I am proud to say that Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. has been working closely with the Windows Azure team and it has been a great journey together, exploring openness and taking interoperability to a new level. There is too much news in this release to cover in a single blog post, and I strongly suggest everyone attend the Meet Windows Azure event tomorrow, when Scott Guthrie and many others will provide a lot of additional information. At the same time, I would like to spend the next few paragraphs on some of the many facets of openness in Windows Azure, to further demonstrate how Windows Azure is living in interesting and exciting times.

Services and Partnerships

For one, I have to point out how all-encompassing the Windows Azure platform is becoming. We will talk in a minute about the support for IaaS, but I would like to draw your attention to how the Windows Azure platform has now announced a set of partnerships that will provide very compelling data services such as MySQL, CouchDB, and Apache Solr.

Those services can be enjoyed by PaaS and IaaS developers and come from the leading industry experts in the field: Microsoft is partnering with leading companies such as Cleardb, Cloudant and Lucid Imagination to provide true data-as-a-service and enable developers and customers to build applications at scale without the worry of provisioning and maintaining their databases. At the same time we and our partners addressed the needs of those who prefer to run software independently in their own PaaS and/or IaaS instances, providing easy installation packages of Windows Azure-optimized versions of Apache CouchDB and Apache Solr. Last but not least, we worked with 10gen to improve the installation experience of MongoDB on Windows Azure that was originally announced in December, and we are looking forward to building a great experience for Windows Azure MongoDB users. 

More importantly, both Microsoft and our partners are committed to always maintain full compatibility with the underlying Open Source applications so that our customers can always rest assured their data will work everywhere. With these technologies joining the existing pool of Windows Azure SQL Database and Apache Hadoop, Windows Azure is leading by leaps and bounds when it comes to data.

OSS on Windows Azure

If Windows Azure databases are now a few clicks away, applications are far from being out in the cold. The announcement of Windows Azure Web Sites – a hosting framework for Web apps that will work across both Windows Azure and private-cloud datacenters – unveils amazing opportunities to run popular Open Source applications in Windows Azure: be it WordPress or Drupal, Joomla or Umbraco, DotNetNuke or PHPBB, or one of the many apps in the Web Sites gallery, it has never been easier to deploy applications on the Windows Azure platform. And I can’t wait for developers to try the new releases of the Windows Azure open source SDKs (now including Python in addition to .NET, Java, PHP and Node.js) as well as the integration with Git.

We are also releasing a major update to the Windows Azure Plugin for Eclipse with Java (by Microsoft Open Technologies that includes a number of user feedback-driven improvements. Among them is a significantly revamped deployment experience contributed by GigaSpaces Technologies Ltd, an established leader in helping enterprises move their Java applications to the cloud, who has recently joined in the development work behind the plugin. Their impressive “publish to cloud” wizard makes it much easier for Windows Azure developers working with Java to deploy their projects to the Windows Azure cloud directly from Eclipse. Read the more detailed blog post from Martin Sawicki that covers the Eclipse plugin in more detail.

Last but not least, you probably have noticed the upcoming support for IaaS, Virtual Machines and Linux. I believe this move demonstrates how Windows Azure is built around what customers are asking for and with the idea of being the most inclusive platform ever. Customers are demanding high degrees of flexibility and want to be able to run every possible scenario in a seamless fashion: there are very interesting examples of hybrid private/public clouds out there, not to mention a number of creative contaminations of IaaS, PaaS and data services. We are most definitely moving away from monolithic architectures – customers and developers today want and deserve flexibility.

Linux on Windows Azure

Enabling use of Linux on Windows Azure is a key piece of the puzzle, and needs to be as easy as possible. As with data services, it’s all about strong partnerships with industry leaders: this is why you are seeing Windows Azure partnering with major Linux publishers to provide an amazing experience, and I’m sure this will be a very exciting and ongoing story. On top of that I have to note how partners like BitRock are doing very interesting work to provide more choice: two initial Linux images are available for Bitnami, and we look forward to extending the catalog much further.

Allow me to make a final example of openness and talk about the Windows Azure Command Line Tools for Mac and Linux (the ones Windows Azure users will run on local machines to deploy and manage their Windows and Linux virtual machines): not only they are Open Source, but they are available right now for Mac and Linux clients. And this is just the beginning – stay tuned for more exciting news.

Openness and Interoperability

When a journey reaches an important milestone it’s good to look back and think about the road so far: in my case I went as far as two years ago, when we shared our view on Interoperability Elements of a Cloud Platform. Back then we talked to customers and developers and came out with an overview of an open and interoperable cloud, based on four distinct elements: data portability, standards, ease of migration & deployment and developer choice. We have been laser focused on the quest for an interoperable and flexible cloud platform that would enable heterogeneous workloads, and it’s really rewarding to see how today’s announcement maps nicely to the vision that we outlined back then. More precisely:

  • A lot of efforts have been spent on data portability with great results. Allow me to remind you how on Windows Azure your data is either a JSON/XML call away or in any case available through open interfaces (think of JDBC/ODBC support for SQL Database, as an example). Working on open interfaces really pays off when I think of how our partners have been able to build data solutions (MySQL, Hadoop, Solr, CouchDB, MongoDB) that can run either as a service or as independent workloads. Our customer own their data, and this is near and dear to our hearts.
  • When it comes to standards Windows Azure has one of the most complete API layers around, exposed as REST, XML, OData, Atompub, JSON and others. We are working with standard bodies such as IETF, OASIS and DMTF to ensure that important topics such as identity and management in the cloud are exposed as standard-based APIs, and we have been proactive proponents of important standard efforts such as AMQP and OData among others.
  • Ease of migration & deployment is a key factor when building a cloud platform that preserves existing investments and enables co-existence between on-premise software and cloud services. I see a lot of progress in this area, as an example when I think of the work we have been doing to provide our Java customers and developers with a much improved Eclipse experience, while at the same time providing to everyone the flexibility of FTP and Git to deploy and manage applications. Windows Azure Web Sites is also a great example of how easy deployment can be in the cloud, putting your favorite applications (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, PHPBB and many others) just one click away. While at it, you may want to check out our step-by-step instructions for running Magento.
  • And finally, developer choice, defined as the possibility to use a variety of development tools, runtime and languages. Here we have five SDKs layered on top of a standard APIs, covering .NET, Java, PHP, Python and Node.js. We support the widest possible variety of workloads: be it PaaS or IaaS, be it Windows or Linux, be it public, private or hybrid. We are working with Open Source communities and with leading vendors to provide the best of breed in applications and data services. No matter what your workload is, Windows Azure will be a great home for it.

I have broken every promise I made to myself to keep this post short, yet I barely managed to scratch the surface of this announcement. I have in front of me the plan for the upcoming weeks and I know it will be busy times for this and many other blogs in Microsoft as there is so much to share. It will all start tomorrow at the Meet Windows Azure event: be there!

OSBC 2012: Advancing Interoperability in the Cloud

May 21st, 2012 No comments

At the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco today, Sandy Gupta, the General Manager for Microsoft’s Open Solutions Group, along with Alan Clark, Director of New Initiatives and Emerging Standards for Open Source at SUSE, announced the release of a beta version of the SUSE Manager Management Pack for System Center.

In a blog post, Gupta said the announcement, which was made in collaboration with SUSE, lets this management pack connect the Linux server management capabilities provided by SUSE Manager to System Center, Microsoft’s management platform.

“As a result, customers will be able to administer both Windows and Linux environments from a single management console,” he said.

Gupta positioned the management pack as one example of the work Microsoft is doing to advance interoperability for private clouds. You can try the Linux management capabilities this management pack provides for System Center here.

“On the public cloud front, there’s extensive work going on across the company to facilitate interoperability between Microsoft and open source cloud tools and services. One of the most exciting examples of this comes from the SQL Server Team — the Hadoop-based service for Windows Azure, for which Microsoft released a second preview last month,” he said.

This solution for managing “big data,” connecting it and turning it into business insight, is a prime example of the type of value customers want to realize as a result of leveraging open source and Microsoft software together, he noted.

You can read his full blog post here.

Update: Microsoft, Hadoop and Big Data

February 28th, 2012 No comments

I’m really excited to be able to give you an update on our strategy and product roadmap for Big Data, especially around our embrace of Apache Hadoop as part of our data platform.

As you may remember, at the PASS Summit last October we laid out our roadmap for Big Data, with Microsoft Corporate Vice President Ted Kummert announcing plans to deliver enterprise class Apache Hadoop based distributions on both Windows Server and Windows Azure.

Even more importantly, he announced that Microsoft will be working with the community to offer contributions for inclusion into the Apache Hadoop project and its ecosystem of tools and technologies.

Now, this week at the O’Reilly Strata Conference, Dave Campbell, a Microsoft Technical Fellow, will give a keynote address on Wednesday morning where he will talk about how we are demonstrating our progress on this front as we strive to help organizations derive new insights from Big Data.

In a blog post today, Campbell notes that Microsoft has been working hard to bring the simplicity and manageability of Windows to Hadoop based solutions, and we are expanding the reach with a Hadoop based service on Windows Azure.

“Hadoop is a great tool but, to fully realize the vision of the modern data platform, we also need a marketplace to search, share and use 1st and 3rd party data and services. And, to bring the power to everyone in the business, we need to connect the new big data ecosystem to business intelligence tools like PowerPivot and Power View,” he says.

Microsoft is working closely with the community and ecosystem – including partners such as Karmasphere, Datameer and HStreaming – to deliver an open and flexible platform that is compatible with Hadoop and works well with leading 3rd party tools and technologies.

“We have recently reached a significant milestone in this journey, with our first series of contributions to the Apache Hadoop projects. Working with Hortonworks, we have submitted a proposal to the Apache Software Foundation for enhancements to Hadoop to run on Windows Server and are also in the process of submitting further proposals for a JavaScript framework and a Hive ODBC Driver,” Campbell says.

As Gianugo Rabellino, Microsoft’s Senior Director for Open Source Communities said last October, these moves benefit not only the broader Open Source community by enabling them to take their existing skill sets and assets use them on Windows Azure and Windows Server, but also developers, our customers and partners.

“It is also another example of our ongoing commitment to providing Interoperability, compatibility and flexibility,” he said at that time.

You can read Campbell’s blog here and learn more about what we are doing for Big Data here.