Azure Stack preview reveals Microsoft’s hybrid cloud vision

Azure Stack, Microsoft’s private cloud software built from the same bits used to create the public Azure cloud service, is now available in its third, and likely final, technical preview edition before being released to the public later this year.

TP3 has many new features, but it also clarifies Azure Stack’s pricing structure, and how Microsoft is addressing the specific problems customers are using Azure Stack for.

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Azure Service Fabric enters public beta for Linux workloads

Developers who want help running Linux- and Java-based microservice applications will have a new Microsoft service to take for a spin. 

Microsoft announced Tuesday that it’s launching the public beta of Service Fabric support for running applications on the popular open source operating system with the popular programming language. It’s an expansion of Service Fabric’s capabilities, at a time when Microsoft is spending more effort to support Linux in addition to platforms it controls.

Service Fabric on Linux was first announced at the company’s Build developer conference in San Francisco earlier this year, and the public beta will be made available on Sept. 26, during Microsoft’s Ignite conference.

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Azure August Roundup: New high-performance compute instances and more

August was a slow month for tech news, but Microsoft continued to update its Azure cloud platform with a variety of new features, including a new type of instance for high-performance computing. Here’s the breakdown of all the features you need to know about:

A new instance type powered by Nvidia Tesla GPUs

Microsoft announced the private beta of a set of new compute instance types to power applications that need a lot of parallel processing. The new N-series virtual machines are powered by Nvidia’s Tesla GPUs and built for high-performance computing.

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CIO survey finds Microsoft Azure will overtake Amazon AWS for Infrastructure as a Service

The market consists of Infrastructure as a Service (the underlying servers, storage and networks necessary for cloud computing) and Platform as a …


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