On Friday, October 25, the US Department of Defense announced that Microsoft had won the Pentagon’s large cloud computing contract for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) project. Under the terms of this agreement, the Pentagon is intended to invest $10 billion in the development of cloud infrastructure and the launch of various services, including IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) solutions that will help the agency to analyze and process large amounts of confidential military data.
An increasingly growing number of news messages reporting widely discussed computer network hacks and massive credential leaks highlight the problems associated with using passwords for security. Users either choose simple easy-to-guess passwords or tend to use the same password every time there is a need to come up with something more complex. And it’s easy to see why: nobody wants to stuff their memory with long sophisticated passwords.
On Monday October 21, SAP and Microsoft announced a new collaboration that is aligned with their mutual goal to facilitate the process of driving enterprise customers’ operations to the cloud. Through the partnership dubbed Project Embrace, the companies intend to accelerate and simplify customer adoption of SAP S/ 4HANA and SAP Cloud Platform on the Microsoft Azure cloud. Microsoft will sell components of SAP Cloud Platform alongside Azure.
Hitachi Vantara, an enterprise storage array business, has announced the addition of the VSP 5000 series to its premium storage line-up. The company claims this launch to be the world’s fastest solution of its kind. Currently, the series includes two models: the VSP 5100 and the more capacious VSP 5500.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has announced the onset of a new initiative - The National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes program that aims to considerably boost AI research and accelerate the progress of AI-based innovation by enabling researchers to focus on large, long-term research projects.
Back in the late summer of 2015, Microsoft set its first experimental underwater data center 30 feet under the Pacific waters off the California coast. The prototype, built under Project Natick, was dubbed Leona Philpot after a character in an Xbox game. Phase 2 of Project Natick was launched in 2018, when Microsoft sank a 40 feet-long dock with 12 racks housing 864 datacenter servers, replete with Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) acceleration and 27.6PB of disk space, in the North Sea off the Orkney Islands (Scotland).
On October 8, 2019 at the Intel Federal Summit in Washington, D.C., Intel announced it has partnered up with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Mercury Systems and Supermicro (SMCI) in an effort to design advanced solutions for security systems market based on the Intel Select Solutions for Hardened Security with Lockheed Martin.
At VMworld 2019 in San Francisco, VMware introduced a toolkit for managing virtual machines and containers in a single space. The new addition to the company’s family of products and services goes under the package name VMware Tanzu and includes a variety of Kubernetes-related solutions built using Heptio technologies.
Microsoft has recently added satellite connectivity for its Azure ExpressRoute service. In essence, Azure ExpressRoute is an additional communication channel that allows clients to establish a secure connection between their on-premise infrastructure or colocation environment and Azure cloud.
In recent years, IT organizations are almost unanimously turning to hybrid cloud to ensure the optimal environment for their applications. However, “no other vendor spans the hybrid cloud as...comprehensively as VMware...We deliver an unparalleled level of consistent infrastructure and operations, from the data center to the cloud to the edge”, proudly says Raghu Raghuram, VMware’s chief operating officer.