Microsoft Parners with Red Hat on Enterprise Linux for Azure

Chris Crum   November 12th, 2015

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has entered a partnership with Red Hat to include Red Hat solutions on Microsoft Azure. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is to be offered as the preferred choice for enterprise Linux workloads.

The two companies are also working together to address enterprise, ISV and developer needs for building, deploying, and managing applications on Red Hat software across private and public clouds.

Azure will soon become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider so customers can run their Red Hat Enterprise Linux applications and workloads on it. Red Hat Cloud Access subscribers will be able to bring their own virtual machine images to run in Azure. Azure customers will be able to utilize Red Hat’s application platform, including Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform, Red Hat JBoss Web Server, Red Hat Gluster Storage, and OpenShift.

Customers will also get the benefit of cross-platform support with both companies offering support in an integrated way. According to Microsoft, this is unlike any previous partnership in the public cloud. Support teams will actually reside on the same premises.

“Red Hat CloudForms will interoperate with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, offering Red Hat CloudForms customers the ability to manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux on both Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure,” Microsoft says. “Support for managing Azure workloads from Red Hat CloudForms is expected to be added in the next few months, extending the existing System Center capabilities for managing Red Hat Enterprise Linux.”

“Expanding on the preview of .NET on Linux announced by Microsoft in April, developers will have access to .NET technologies across Red Hat offerings, including Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Enterprise Linux, jointly backed by Microsoft and Red Hat,” it adds. “Red Hat Enterprise Linux will be the primary development and reference operating system for .NET Core on Linux.”

Red Hat discusses the partnership more in a blog post, as does Microsoft. They’ll be hosting a webcast later on Wednesday to discuss it further.

Real-Time Linux Collaborative Project Was Announced

Chris Crum   October 15th, 2015

The Linux Foundation announced the new Real-Time Linux (RTL) Collaborative Project, which sees Altera, ARM, Google, Intel, IBM, National Instruments, OSADL, Texas Instruments, and others working together to work on technologies for industries including robotics, telecom, manufacturing, aviation, and medical, among others.

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Microsoft Has Announced A Release Date For Office 2016

Chris Crum   September 17th, 2015

Microsoft announced that Office 2016 will become broadly available starting on September 22, which is just around the corner. Those with volume licensing agreements in place can download it from Microsoft’s Volume Licensing Center starting October 1.

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Microsoft Has Launched A Preview Of Their New Windows Server

Chris Crum   August 27th, 2015

Microsoft announced the launch of its third Technical Preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, which includes the release of the first public preview of Windows Server Containers as well as new Nano Server functionality and software-defined datacenter enhancements.

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In Over A Decade, Email Spam is At An All-Time Low

Chris Crum   July 23rd, 2015

Email spam levels have reached a twelve-year low according to research from Symantec.

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IT Admins Should Enjoy Dropbox For Business

Chris Crum   June 11th, 2015

Dropbox announced some updates to Dropbox for Business, which should make things a little easier for IT teams in the administration, security, and integration areas.

For one, they’ve added tiered admin roles. There are three tiers: Team admin, User management admin, and support admin. The idea is that day-to-day responsibilities can be delegated by having different roles assigned to each admin.

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Tutorial For Using Google’s Cloud Storage Nearline

Chris Crum   May 14th, 2015

Google announced the launch of Google Cloud Storage Nearline, a new service for cold (or infrequently accessed) data storage. The company touts its fast performance and low cost. Data is made immediately available with about 3-second response times, and the cost is 1c per GB for data at rest.

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Security Attitudes and Behaviors Surveyed Across Industries

Chris Crum   April 24th, 2015

Biscom shared some results of a new IT Survey finding that although regulated industries say security is a high concern, many are still using solutions that are inadequate for protecting their data.

The survey compared attitudes and behaviors related to enterprise security across 13 industries including healthcare, financial services, retail, computer hardware, software, and manufacturing. Security concerns have only gotten higher across those mentioned.

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Microsoft Decides to Abandon Internet Explorer

Chris Crum   March 19th, 2015

Yes, this is a headline from 2015. You might think that Microsoft’s much-maligned web browser has been dying for years – and you’d be right. But now it’s seemingly official. Microsoft is abandoning the Internet Explorer brand.

Microsoft has already announced its brand new web browser, codenamed Project Spartan. And we’ve had more than subtle hints that IE was on the way out. But speaking at an event on Monday, Microsoft’s Chris Capossela all but nailed the final nail in the coffin.

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Is Your Technology Saving Your Business Time and Money?

Chris Crum   March 10th, 2015

Everyone is familiar with the saying, “Time is money.” That phrase isn’t lost when it comes to running your business. I’m sure you’re all too aware that as time ticks away, money can be slipping out the door. Guess what? The technology services you select for your business can actually help you out in ways you might not have considered: by saving you time and money. Today, I want to talk to you about a new service from CenturyLink Business: Managed Office.

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