Microsoft acquires Kinvolk to accelerate container-optimized innovation

By Dustin Ward

The ability to run Kubernetes anywhere, whether in the cloud or on-premises, has been a high priority for Azure customers looking to rapidly innovate, with increasing customer focus on the benefits of container-optimized workloads and operating systems, lean application modernization, easier operations, and platform resiliency. To support this rapid evolution, we’re announcing that Microsoft has acquired…

Azure Cost Management and Billing updates – April 2021

By Dustin Ward

Whether you’re a new student, a thriving startup, or the largest enterprise, you have financial constraints, and you need to know what you’re spending, where, and how to plan for the future. Nobody wants a surprise when it comes to the bill, and this is where Azure Cost Management and Billing comes in. We’re always…

Teaming up with Coursera on new Azure Specializations and Scholarships

By Dustin Ward

Over the last year, there has been a significant uptake in digital skilling to fill the exponential rise in new tech jobs. In fact, the World Economic Forum is forecasting that nearly 150 million new tech jobs will be created in the next five years. Microsoft is committed to supporting learners interested in upskilling and…

Microsoft brings Azure supercomputing to UK Met Office

By Dustin Ward

This post was co-authored by Gayle Sheppard, Corporate Vice President, Global Expansion and Transformation. The UK Meteorological Office (Met Office) is working with Microsoft to deliver advanced supercomputing capabilities for weather and climate research, ensuring the continuation of the Met Office’s international leadership in this area. Supercomputing is fundamental to the Met Office’s weather and…

Empowering operators on their cloud migration journey

By Dustin Ward

For operators, many challenges can be involved in their journey to the cloud, some more complex than others. Here, it is important to note that when it comes to operators’ path to cloud migration, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution. Operators have unique needs for security, observability, resiliency, and performance. As a…

Insights and best practices to run business-critical applications on Azure

By Dustin Ward

In September 2020, we analyzed the major challenges that IT organizations face when managing current mission-critical infrastructures. Security issues, high costs, and difficulties in updating their environments were top of mind. Conversely, the move to the cloud has been helpful in addressing many of these hurdles. In fact, customers who completed the transition often cite…