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Truly consistent hybrid cloud with Microsoft Azure

Cloud computing gets a lot of attention, and for good reason: it’s where much of IT is going. But on-premises datacenters also have an important role to play, both today and in the future. For many organizations, integrating these two to create a hybrid cloud is essential. Microsoft understands this reality. To help you achieve it, we offer a broad range of cloud and on-premises technologies that work together in a coherent way. And unlike our competitors, we provide the flexibility to let you choose the path that’s right for you. We’re committed to providing a consistent hybrid cloud that supports the approach you pick.

Hybrid application innovation with Azure and Azure Stack

For organizations looking to build modern applications across cloud and on-premises environments, only Azure and Azure Stack deliver a truly consistent hybrid cloud platform. Read this whitepaper for more information on what Azure Stack is and how it works.

Azure StorSimple delivers enterprise storage capabilities

StorSimple enables hybrid cloud solutions that address a range of storage needs beyond data backup. Read this white paper to learn how StorSimple can be used for archive and disaster recovery while addressing security concerns, reducing storage costs, and increasing administrative efficiency.

Containerized Docker Application Lifecycle with Microsoft Platform and Tools

This guide provides end-to-end guidance on the Docker application development lifecycle with Microsoft tools and services, while providing an introduction to Docker development concepts for readers who might be new to the Docker ecosystem. This way, anyone can understand the global picture and start planning development projects based on Docker, Microsoft technologies, and the cloud.

The Business Value and TCO Advantage of Apache Hadoop in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure HDInsight

Nearly every enterprise of any size has large quantities of unexamined data in various forms: textual notes from sales and support data, machine-generated data such as sensor output, email, contextual data hidden in production databases, and so forth. From this data may be gleaned valuable intelligence regarding business operations, customers, competition, and sales opportunities. Until recently, collecting, examining, and organizing such data and then extracting, formatting, and analyzing the key data components were not possible given the time and cost involved.IDC interviewed both organizations using Hadoop in the cloud with Microsoft Azure HDInsight and organizations running on-premises Hadoop. Based on these interviews, IDC’s analysis shows that Microsoft Azure HDInsight customers are achieving substantial business value by running Hadoop in the Microsoft cloud, projecting that these organizations will achieve average five-year discounted benefits worth $266,000 per terabyte of data in their Hadoop environment and an average five-year return on investment (ROI) of 418%. In addition, IDC’s comparison of the costs of using Microsoft Azure HDInsight and on-premises Hadoop deployments shows that HDInsight has a 63% lower average total cost of ownership (TCO) on a per-terabyte basis. These business and cost benefits of using Microsoft Azure HDInsight.

Get the best public cloud for your enterprise development

Read the recent Forrester Wave report and know you’re making the best choice when selecting a public cloud provider. Learn why more enterprise developers are adopting public cloud platforms as the basis for developing customer applications and driving business innovation.  The Q3 2016 Forrester wave names Microsoft a leader among eight global providers. Four feature sets distinguish the Leaders in this evaluation:Breadth of infrastructure servicesScope of services for analytics applicationsServices and tools for migrating data and applications to public cloudsDepth of tools enabling application development and delivery

The Forrester Wave: Big Data Hadoop Cloud Solutions, Q2 2016

We want to do Hadoop in the cloud.” That’s what we increasingly hear from enterprises that have successfully run on-premises Hadoop proof-of-concepts.CIOs charge their enterprise architecture pros with understanding the strengths and weaknesses of Hadoop in the cloud and to make the case for it versus on-premises deployments. Forrester’s 37-criteria evaluation of eight leading big data Hadoop cloud solution vendorsAltiscale, Amazon Web Services, Google, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Qubole and Rackspace – will help EA pros understand the available solutions and recommend the best one for their organization.

Forrester Research report: Learn how open source can transform your business

Why should you and your organization should adopt open source?         Forrester Research reports 41% of surveyed software decision-makers say increasing their use of open source is a high or critical priority for 2016. An increasing number of Fortune 50 and Fortune 100 companies are using open source tools to drive digital innovation.The April 2016 Forrester report “Open Source Powers Enterprise Digital Transformation” provides information about how and why enterprises are becoming more open to using open source technology. To learn what’s driving this change and what impact it’s having, simply fill out this form to read the report in its entirety.

Gartner's Magic Quadrant for IaaS

Gartner has positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the 2016 Magic Quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based on its completeness of vision and ability to execute in the IaaS market. Microsoft is the only vendor recognized as a leader across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS solutions for enterprise cloud workloads. We are in a unique position with our extensive portfolio of cloud offerings designed for the needs of businesses, including Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings like Office 365, CRM Online and Power BI and Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). Register to download the full report.

Cutting Right to the Code: A web developer’s guide to help eliminate non-coding tasks and get code done faster

Minimizing your attack surface area with network-level security is one pain point that every web dev experiences. There are also necessary tasks like backups, scale planning, and logging, that cost you precious time too. This eBook, along with the included code samples, sample apps, and ARM templates, helps web developers eliminate a number of non-coding tasks and get coding faster. Some of the key areas where you’ll gain insight include identifying usage patterns and trends, hooking into content distribution networks, customizing search implementation, implementing your app’s user and access story, and configuring servers to scale out automatically.