Microsoft Q4 FY19: Why is Azure ‘slowing’ and Windows growing?

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft posted another strong quarter with its fourth quarter fiscal 2019 period, with expected strong performances from its cloud services, its on-premises server products, Surface unit and even Windows. Yet some looking deeper into Microsoft’s earnings are wondering whether Microsoft’s Azure business is slowing because it is now “only” up 64 percent, year-over-year, but steadily down, sequentially. And some are asking whether the Windows Pro business can keep…

July 19, 2019
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Microsoft Q4 delivers strong growth, commercial cloud revenue hits $11 billion for $44 billion run rate

Microsoft’s fiscal fourth quarter handily exceeded expectations as the company commercial cloud revenue was up 49% to $11 billion and Azure grew at a 64% clip. In fact, there were few Microsoft products that didn’t generate revenue growth. Microsoft reported fourth quarter net income of $13.2 billion, or $1.71 a share, on revenue of $33.7 billion, up 12%. Non-GAAP earnings were $1.37 a share. Wall Street was looking for Microsoft…

July 18, 2019
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Google Cloud gains in Gartner’s 2019 cloud infrastructure Magic Quadrant

Google Cloud is moving up the infrastructure as a service rankings to become more of a tier 1 provider as it invests in service, new analytics capabilities and builds out its portfolio with acquisitions, according to Gartner’s 2019 IaaS Magic Quadrant report. On the surface, Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for IaaS looks about the same as the 2018 version when the research firm put Google Cloud in the leader quadrant and…

July 18, 2019
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Multi-Cloud Security Best Practices Guide

A multi-cloud network is a cloud network that consists of more than one cloud services provider. A straightforward type of multi-cloud network involves multiple infrastructure as a service (IaaS) vendors. Can you use AWS and Azure together? For example…

July 18, 2019
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8×8 acquires Wavecell to expand cloud communications footprint

Cloud communications provider 8×8 announced Wednesday that it’s acquiring Wavecell, a privately-held Platform-as-a-Service (CPaaS) provider, for approximately $125 million. With Wavecell’s enterprise-class APIs, the deal gives 8×8 a foothold in the growing CPaaS market. It will also help expand 8×8’s global presence.   8×8 offers voice, video, chat and contact center solutions with more than 1 million worldwide users.  Wavecell, meanwhile, offers a cloud-first API platform with SMS, chat apps,…

July 18, 2019
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New Azure Marketplace Pay-As-You-Go Billing for Trend Micro Deep Security as a Service

Cloud adoption continues to rise as organizations reduce their data center footprint, look to cloud native technologies to improve their application design and output, and strive to improve scalability and management of resources and systems. In a recent survey conducted by analyst firm ESG, 87% of respondents indicated that they currently run production applications and…

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July 17, 2019
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AT&T commits to moving its employees to Microsoft 365

Credit: AT&T In an expansion of their existing partnership, Microsoft and AT&T Communications announced a multiyear deal via which AT&T will be moving “much” of its workforce to Microsoft 365, its bundle of Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security. The deal was announced on July 17, a day after AT&T and IBM revealed their own cloud partnership. AT&T also committed to making Microsoft its “preferred” (non-exclusive) cloud…

July 17, 2019
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