Category Archives: Microsoft

Microsoft joins Open Compute Project

Microsoft announced on Tuesday it will be joining the Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) and will be contributing hardware specifications, design collateral (CAD and Gerber files), and system management source code for Microsoft’s cloud server designs. These specifications apply to … Continue reading

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New cloud solutions announced by Microsoft

Microsoft announced on Monday the availability of new cloud services to help companies seize the opportunities of cloud computing and overcome today’s top IT challenges. To help customers build IT infrastructure that delivers continuous services and applications across clouds, on … Continue reading

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Windows Azure additions: Active Directory, Bacup and System Center interoperability

The company made several announcements on Monday relating to Azure’s maturation, including the shift of Azure Active Directory into general availability, the launch (in preview) of a Windows Azure Backup service, and the launch of a management package. Windows Azure … Continue reading

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Genetic sequence scanning on Microsoft Azure

Microsoft announced at the SC10 supercomputing trade show in New Orleans that it has a version of the BLAST running on its Azure platform. BLAST is essentially a search engine for scanning through large databases of chemical compounds to find … Continue reading

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HPC on Windows 7

The new version of Windows HPC Server supports using Windows 7 as a compute node in the HPC cluster. The workstations running Windows 7 can be included in the cluster thanks to the new feature called Desktop Compute Cloud (DCC). … Continue reading

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Atom vs Xeon in search engine performance

Researchers at Harvard and Microsoft have authored a paper that seeks to prove that a small, power-efficient core like the Intel Atom chip can be better suited for search. The paper compares the performance, reliability, and cost of ownership of … Continue reading

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Windows Azure availability and prices

On 14th of July, during the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009, Microsoft officially announced the business and partner model for the Windows Azure platform including service level agreements and support programs. Continue reading

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