Microsoft Kick Starts Its New UK Data Center Regions for Business

The newly started data centers in the UK will accomplish Azure and Office 365 services to its clients with high level of security and additional features. It was officially announced by the Microsoft on Wednesday this week that its UK based data centers have started running commercial services. These services include Azure cloud computing services and cloud based Office 365 services.

The company has also announced that it has already hooked ministry of defense MoD and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust among their first customers in the country. Many other clients are also being provided with the high-quality cloud computing services based on these data centers.

It is very important to note that the company first announced the move in the month of November 2015 last year that it will expand the presence in the Netherlands and Ireland along with the addition of data centers in different cities of the UK. The main data center locations that were promised by the Microsoft corporation last year included Durham, London, and Cardiff. The date of the start of these centers was set tentatively by the end of this year (2016). By this announcement, the company successfully achieved the promised target in the UK region.

In an official blog post of Microsoft corporation, the vice president of the cloud and enterprise corporate, Mr. Takeshi Numoto said, “Today, we’ve taken a significant step forward to empower businesses to achieve more with the first complete cloud offering delivered from a global provider within the UK”.

It was also informed in the official blog that with this new launch, the total number of data center regions reaches 28 globally, which is among the highest regions within the competitor spectrum of Microsoft Corporation. Meanwhile, the company has also promised  6 more data centers in the country to strengthen its cloud computing operations.

While talking about the Azure services, the chief digital and information officer at the ministry of defense, UK Mr. Mike Stone said, “Microsoft’s secure and transparent cloud service in the UK fits perfectly with the MoD’s digital transformation agenda. This agreement, which is based on Microsoft’s world class reliability and performance, will allow us to deliver cost-effective, modern and flexible information capabilities. It will ensure we are better placed in our ever-changing, digital-first world.”

Many experts in the industry believe that Microsoft is pursuing its cloud computing business very aggressively to pose a strong competition for its competitors across the globe.

IBM to Launch Blockchain Cloud Capabilities in LinuxOne Server

Super secure business to business blockchain cloud capabilities would enable the businesses to test privacy, performance and interoperability in a secure environment.

IBM LinuxOne  It was announced by the IBM Corporation that its LinuxOne Servers would be capable of implementing the blockchain technology to achieve high security, robustness and reliability of the operations in a secure environment. The capability is being launched in beta version for review and customer feedback, but it will be commercially launched very soon.

With this launch of latest technology, the customers would be able to check the performance, interoperability and privacy of the database in a highly secure and independent environment. It is very important to note that the blockchain projects are based on a highly secure, reliable, robust and encrypted database infrastructure, which is created based on the distributed database system. The entire database consists of many independent and isolated data structures that build up the database in robust and reliable design.

The  IBM Fellow for the Enterprise Solutions, Donna Dillenberger, in the statement said, “Blockchain will change the way we transfer high value goods, digital assets and financial instruments. To accelerate blockchain adoption, clients must trust the infrastructure and the system that blockchain is running on. With IBM Blockchain, we are expanding access to the emerging technology — not only by making it easy to get up and running on the IBM Cloud, but also by using the most secure infrastructure.”

It was further elaborated that the current launch of the capabilities is in Beta version. The full version of the cloud computing block chain capabilities would be launched very shortly. With the official launch, the customers who use the blockchain projects for highly mission critical procedures and tasks would be able to run their projects in highly secure, encrypted, robust and reliable environment.

It is very important to note that this capability is being introduced in the LinuxOne Server of IBM. This service is designed for highly secure and mission critical projects for those companies that undergo high security and classified projects in the domain of governments and security agencies.

While talking about the latest capabilities of IBM servers, the CEO of EverLedger, a reputed client of IBM, said in his official statement, “When you are in the business of provenance, secured records, access and transparency are everything. There is no compromise when it comes to security and one cannot underestimate the expertise required to enable this. Having the opportunity to build, test, scale and refine Everledger on IBM Blockchain, underpinned by a security-rich infrastructure, is a game changer.”

Amdocs Lunches Cloud-Fusion in Collaboration with Microsoft

The collaboration will benefit the service providers by opening new revenue streams and the SMEs and Large enterprises will be able to get enhanced and secure public cloud services.  Amdocs that is the leading provider of client experience solutions, announces a new solution called Amdocs Cloud-Fusion in collaboration with Microsoft. The solution will enable service providers to offer connectivity and more protected cloud applications for ventures and small and medium sized businesses. It enables improved cloud service assistance such as first-class bandwidth, wide area network optimization, and dedicated service level agreements.

According to Amdocs, the Amdocs Cloud-Fusion will facilitate the development of cloud service offerings in many ways and the service provider will get more revenue streams. This solution combines Microsoft’s Azure cloud infrastructure and Amdocs NFV ready Network Cloud Service Orchestrator that also provide it the capability to plan and bring VNFs from any network vendor.

The combination of two will allow admittance to Azure’s business services and third-party Microsoft Azure Marketplace solutions. The Cloud-Fusion platform is planned to offer unified management, monitoring, orchestration and assurance, enabling service providers to automate fulfillment and operations of cloud-based services. The expected result is to advance client experience.

“Today 17 percent of all businesses each have more than 1,000 virtual machines supporting a range of business-critical applications that reside in the public cloud1, up from 13 percent in 2015. With Amdocs Cloud-Fusion, businesses can now access these services in a more secure and assured manner with enhanced network options that also improve quality of experience,” said Ann Hatchell, head of network marketing at Amdocs.

With this solution the service providers can offer a one stop shop for differentiated hybrid cloud services with service guarantees for enterprise customers, and streamline end-to-end service management across telecom sector and public cloud environments, thereby improving service agility and reducing complexity.

Together with Amdocs, we are enabling service providers to introduce attractive new cloud-related offerings through the Cloud-Fusion self-service portal, and seize revenue that typically would go directly to over-the-top players. This elevates the service provider’s position within the value chain,” said Bob De Haven, general manager, Worldwide Communications & Media at Microsoft.

The solution will enable the Service providers to capture fresh profits streams from their business sector customer base by adding cloud services and providing access to Microsoft Azure’s value-added business services and Azure Marketplace’s solutions through secure service provider networks.