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Microsoft, Dell Technologies Expand Cloud Partnership

Some of the more popular customer scenarios Azure VMware Solutions would support are app migration and data centre expansion, disaster recovery and business continuity and modern application development

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

By Krishna SinhaChaudhary

In a bid to accelerate digital transformation and address a wider range of customer needs, Dell Technologies and Microsoft have extended their partnership at the “Dell Technologies World 2019” to deliver a fully native, supported and certified VMware Cloud infrastructure on Azure.

“VMware brings the power of virtualising all your infrastructure, including the network and delivering the software defined future from the edge to the core to the multi cloud. We’re partnering with all the multi clouds. We’re also embracing Kubernetes. This is important because application, data and workloads must move back and forward dynamically in an increasingly distributed network, including the explosion in the edge and the Internet of Things (IoT),” Michael Dell, Chairman and CEO, Dell Technologies, told the media here on Monday during the first day of its annual user conference.

Under the collaboration, joint Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE customers would be able to manage Office 365 across devices via Cloud-based integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory.

VMware would also extend the capabilities of Microsoft Windows Virtual Desktop by leveraging VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

“At Microsoft, we’re focused on empowering customers in their digital transformation journey, through partnerships that enable them to take advantage of the Microsoft Cloud, using the technologies they already have,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft.

“Together with Dell Technologies and VMware, we are providing our mutual customers with an integrated Cloud experience and digital workplace solutions to open up new opportunities and meet their evolving needs.”

According to Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, their customers are increasingly using Azure, hence, it made sense for VMware to work with Microsoft to make their technologies more compatible.

“Customers are excited to see us expand our collaboration with Microsoft,” said Gelsinger while adding, acethese innovative Cloud and client offerings will deliver customers even more value, provide more flexibility to accelerate their hybrid multi-Cloud and multi-device journey, and accelerate the digital transformation of their business.”

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Dell laptops. Representational image. Pixabay

Azure VMware Solutions are built on VMware Cloud Foundation, which is a comprehensive offering of software defined compute, storage, networking and management, deployed in Azure.

With these solutions, customers can capitalise on VMware’s broadly deployed Cloud infrastructure while experiencing the power of Microsoft Azure.

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Azure VMware Solutions also give customers the power to seamlessly migrate, extend and run existing VMware workloads from on-premises environments to Azure without the need to re-architect applications or retool operations.

Customers would also be able to build, run, manage, and secure new and existing applications across VMware environments and Microsoft Azure while extending a single model for operations based on established tools, skills and processes as part of a hybrid Cloud strategy.

Some of the more popular customer scenarios Azure VMware Solutions would support are app migration and data centre expansion, disaster recovery and business continuity and modern application development. (IANS)

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“Collaboration Is The Key To Ensure Cyber-Security”, Says Microsoft

The company deploys a number of sensors that are looking for information from cyber incidents around the world -- sort of metadata about what's going on -- whether it's from PCs, servers or in the Cloud

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Microsoft spends over $1 billion annually on Cyber-Security and uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in a big way to gain accurate insights and faster automated response to real-time threats. Pixabay

As governments the world over deliberate over how to tackle growing nation-state cyber attacks and protect sensitive data, a top Microsoft official said that collaborations between the governments, tech companies and third-party cybersecurity agencies can help address the growing menace.

According to Rob Lefferts, CVP-Program Management M365 Security at Microsoft, the company takes nation-state cyber attacks very seriously. “We have a whole research team dedicated to understand the behaviour of nation-state attacks. We partner with governments around the globe to help protect citizens against such attacks,” Lefferts told IANS during an interaction.

Microsoft spends over $1 billion annually on Cyber-Security and uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) in a big way to gain accurate insights and faster automated response to real-time threats.

“We are using AI and ML as a tool to empower defenders and to more effectively protect organizations. When we talk to companies in India, 92 per cent of organisations have either already adopted or looking to adopt AI in their approach towards cybersecurity,” said Lefferts. For Microsoft, it is a strategic investment for the company.

“We took a very, very strong approach over six years ago around investing over $1billion a year in research and development of security technologies. The goal is to help us better protect, detect and respond to real-world threats in today’s environment,” stressed the Microsoft executive. The company deploys a number of sensors that are looking for information from cyber incidents around the world — sort of metadata about what’s going on — whether it’s from PCs, servers or in the Cloud.

“We do not collect actual content but metadata of behaviours. We collect more than 8 trillion of those signals every day. And then, we use those models to better protect organisations,” informed Lefferts. “Every day, 3,500 Microsoft security professionals track threats and provide better enforcement protection for our customers,” he added. According to him, Microsoft learns from its customers and actual users.

“What’s exciting is the ability to turn that information around at incredible speed to protect customers. Since we’re using Cloud-powered technologies, those updates and new protections come to customers almost instantaneously. In fact, in many cases, we use behavioural analytics to detect problems before they’re even problems,” Lefferts told IANS. Collaboration is very critical in the cybersecurity space.

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As governments the world over deliberate over how to tackle growing nation-state cyber attacks and protect sensitive data, a top Microsoft official said that collaborations between the governments, tech companies and third-party cybersecurity agencies can help address the growing menace. Pixabay

“One is collaboration across the security industry. Then there is collaboration around actual incidents and problems as they occur. This is a place where it’s not just a matter of machines; we need machines to empower humans,” he noted.

In 2018, top 34 global technology and securities firms, led by Microsoft and Facebook, signed a “Cybersecurity Tech Accord” to defend people from malicious attacks by cybercriminals and nation-states. The 34 companies include Cisco, HP, Nokia, Oracle, VMware, Dell, CA Technologies, Symantec, Bitdefender, F-Secure, RSA and Trend Micro, among others.

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“This tech sector accord will help us take a principled path towards more effective steps to work together and defend customers around the world,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith. (IANS)