Microsoft has opened “multiple data centre locations in the UK” to run Azure and Office 365 cloud services.
I went to the Azure portal to create a new VM, to see the new options. It looks like you have to use the new portal. Here is what I got in the old portal:
…continue reading UK South or UK West? Microsoft opens new data centres for Azure and Office 365
Microsoft has announced its latest financials, and I have made a quick table summarising the year-on-year comparison for the quarter. See the end of this post for what the confusing segment categories represent.
Quarter ending June 30th 2016 vs quarter ending June 30th 2015, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business
…continue reading Microsoft financials April-June 2016: on track but continued drift away from consumers
Some time ago I wrote a simple web application which runs on Microsoft Azure and uses Azure Active Directory for authentication. The application is used constantly and has proved reliable; however yesterday it stopped working. A quick debug session showed that the problem was an Azure AD permissions error.
In order to use Azure AD,
…continue reading The case of the disappearing Azure AD application registration
Microsoft has reported its latest financial results, for the quarter ending December 31st 2015.
Here are the latest figures (see end of post for what is in the segments):
Quarter ending December 31st 2015 vs quarter ending December 31st 2014, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Operating income Change Productivity and Business Processes 6690 -132 6460 -528
…continue reading Microsoft’s story continues: Windows down, cloud up in financials Oct-Dec 2015
Microsoft has reported its financials for its first quarter. Making sense of these is harder than usual because the company has changed its segment breakdown (and the names are misleading). The new segments are as follows:
Productivity and Business Processes: Office, both commercial and consumer, including retail sales, volume licenses, Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype
…continue reading Microsoft financials July-Sept 2015: decline of Windows hits home, cloud rises
Windows 10 is released in just 9 days, so all eyes will be on this and its new/old app platform
…continue reading Microsoft completes Visual Studio 2015
Yesterday Microsoft announced Windows Nano Server which is essentially an installation option that is even more stripped-down than Server Core. Server Core, introduced with Windows Server 2008, removed the GUI in order to make the OS lighter weight and more secure. It is particularly suitable for installations that do nothing more than run Hyper-V to
…continue reading Why Windows Server is going Nano: think automation, Cloud OS
I have been doing a little work with Microsoft’s Azure platform recently. A common requirement is that you want a VM which is internet-accessible with a custom domain, for which the best solution is to create a A record in your DNS pointing to the IP number of the VM. In order to do this
…continue reading Reserved IPs and other Microsoft Azure annoyances
Microsoft has introduced SSD storage for Azure VMs. This is a catch-up with Amazon which has been offering this at least since June 2014. It is an important feature though, and now in preview. The SSDs are part of the Azure storage service but can only be used for disks attached to VMs, not for
…continue reading SSD storage has come to Azure VMs, along with faster Azure SQL
Last week I was in Las Vegas for my first visit to Amazon’s annual developer conference re:Invent. There were several announcements, the biggest being a new relational database service called RDS Aurora – a drop-in replacement for MySQL but with 3x write performance and 5x read performance as well as resiliency benefits – and EC2
…continue reading Quick reflections on Amazon re:Invent, open source, and Amazon Web Services