Achieving sustainable growth with Azure and FinOps best practices 
Microsoft Azure Blog
by agiamalis
1w ago
Companies worldwide are committed to reducing their IT carbon footprint, championing a more sustainable future through initiatives focused on efficiency and cost optimization. Cloud sustainability is not only about reducing the environmental impact of cloud usage, but also about making smart business decisions that align to corporate values, adhere to regulatory requirements, and enable the pursuit of long-term business goals. To understand the impact of cloud computing on carbon emissions, precise measurement, trustworthy data, and robust tools are essential.  That’s why we’re excited to ..read more
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Introducing Azure Storage Actions: Serverless storage data management
Microsoft Azure Blog
by Brianna McGovern
1w ago
We are excited to announce the public preview of Azure Storage Actions, a fully managed platform that helps you automate data management tasks for Azure Blob Storage and Azure Data Lake Storage. With exponential growth in data estates, organizations face spiraling challenges with data management. Effective data management is essential for businesses to fully leverage their data assets, meet compliance regulations, reduce costs, and safeguard sensitive information. Today, the tools and methods available to manage massive data assets are laborious, and increasing resource investments to manage d ..read more
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Dive into the future of cloud analytics with the Fabric Career Hub
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by Brianna McGovern
1w ago
Since its launch, Microsoft Fabric has changed the data analytics game by offering a one-stop solution for cloud analytics—a central hub that unites multiple Microsoft services like Power BI, Data Factory, and Synapse Analytics under one umbrella. Learning the ins and outs of Fabric isn’t just about acquiring new skills; it’s about unlocking knowledge and transforming your business from data-drowning to data-driven. As part of our Fabric Community Hub—a virtual hangout for Fabric users to connect with community members, ask questions, and learn—we’ve developed the Fabric Career Hub. It’s your ..read more
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Continued innovation with Azure VMware Solution
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by mattthomas
1w ago
Over the past three years, Microsoft and VMware have worked together closely to deliver our Azure VMware Solution (AVS) to customers in more than 30 Azure regions around the globe. It is a fully managed Microsoft service, based on VMware Cloud Foundation technologies, running on VMware validated Azure infrastructure. Azure VMware Solution enables customers to migrate or extend VMware workloads to the cloud seamlessly. Organizations can maintain existing VMware skills and operational processes and leverage Azure cloud services to modernize their applications, including innovation with AI. Supp ..read more
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The Total Economic Impact™ of the Microsoft commercial marketplace
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by mattthomas
1w ago
In today’s fast-paced, AI-fueled business environment, organizations require a growing number of cloud solutions. In trying to meet this demand, software as a service (SaaS) sprawl can lead to wasted investments and cost overruns. Research by Forrester found that cloud marketplaces can minimize this challenge by helping organizations balance speed and agility.1 The Microsoft commercial marketplace allows customers to centralize their cloud portfolio, taking complexity out of the purchasing process. In a 2023 Total Economic Impact™ study commissioned by Microsoft, Forrester Consulting found the ..read more
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Microsoft supports cloud infrastructure demand in Europe
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by Brianna McGovern
1w ago
Demand for cloud infrastructure continues to grow, especially in Europe, as organizations focus on migrating to the cloud and building new solutions that take advantage of AI. Microsoft is expanding our cloud infrastructure to support this demand and power more AI capabilities for customers. This includes additional infrastructure at new and existing datacenters, deploying the most advanced AI accelerators from NVIDIA and AMD, alongside our own custom AI accelerator capabilities, faster networking and storage solutions, and optimized computing infrastructure. We are also working to make Micros ..read more
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Streamline workflows with DevOps solutions from GitHub and Azure
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by Brianna McGovern
1w ago
DevOps platforms have demonstrated immense importance in accelerating software delivery and fostering collaboration between development and operations teams. In the fast-paced landscape of software development, the culture of DevOps has been widely recognized and adopted as it unites people, processes, and technologies. The joint solution of GitHub and Azure, combined with the power of Visual Studio, can create order for previously staggered workflows and delayed deployments. Microsoft has been recognized as a Leader by Gartner® and placed furthest for Completeness of Vision on the Magic Quadr ..read more
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Azure Elastic SAN efficiently migrates SAN to the cloud—now generally available
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by Brianna McGovern
1w ago
We are excited to announce the general availability (GA) of Azure Elastic SAN, the industry’s first fully-managed and cloud-native storage area network (SAN) offering that simplifies deploying, scaling, managing, and configuring a SAN in the cloud. Azure Elastic SAN responds to the vital need for seamless migration of extensive SAN environments to the cloud, bringing a new level of efficiency and ease. This enterprise-class offering stands out by adopting a SAN-like resource hierarchy, provisioning resources at the appliance level, and dynamically distributing these resources to meet the deman ..read more
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How H&R Block is using Azure OpenAI Service to bring ease to American taxpayers this season
Microsoft Azure Blog
by Jordan Davis
3w ago
In 2023, we saw generative AI usher in a wave of new innovations, from Microsoft Copilot to the “last song” from The Beatles to helping rural India farmers gain easier access to government services. These AI innovations are now starting to show up in our everyday lives and have a positive impact for millions of people around the world. Last week, as part of Microsoft’s FY24 Q2 Earnings, we announced we now have 53,000 Azure AI customers. Over one-third are new to Azure this calendar year. And we have great momentum with Azure OpenAI Service, too, which became generally available just over 12 m ..read more
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Harmonizing AI-enhanced physical and cloud operations 
Microsoft Azure Blog
by Brianna McGovern
3w ago
Azure’s adaptive cloud approach builds on our work with Azure Arc to make it easier for customers to accelerate their adoption of cloud innovation throughout their entire IT estate. In my last blog, I talked about how our adaptive cloud approach unifies siloed teams, distributed sites, and sprawling systems with a collaborative innovation and operations platform—enhanced by AI—across hybrid, multicloud, edge, and IoT. You can accomplish a lot with Azure Arc today, but you will be able to amplify your impact by leveraging AI across existing and new scenarios such as: Operating with AI-enhance ..read more
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