Microsoft shifts to intelligence in cloud and on the edge

Posted May 13, 2017

Putting RDS on notice With the addition of Postgres and MySQL to the platform, Microsoft will have a credible competitor to Amazon's Relational Database Services (RDS), which now supports Postgres, MySQL, MariaDB (a fork of MySQL), Oracle and SQL Server. And yes, Microsoft is working on a UWP Azure app for Windows 10 devices.

More data news Microsoft is announcing its own database that supports access via MySQL, MongoDB and even Amazon DynamoDB APIs.

Microsoft is also opening up the tech that supports its AI development to developers by adding 29 new cognitive computing services into the Microsoft Cognitive Services suite. The new service is launching globally and unlike almost every previous Microsoft product, this is not in a preview state; the product is now generally available.

"We embrace Docker as sort of the meta language for describing containers", Guthrie said in a Microsoft Channel 9 interview following the keynote. You can connect Cosmos DB to Azure's HDInsight service, for processing large datasets. It can actually host such a service for you.

Last but not least, Microsoft is offering Storage Service Encryption for Azure Files on all available redundancy types at no additional cost.

Windows 10 grew by 24% since Microsoft ended the free upgrade offer past year, but the staying power of Windows 7 - that edition still powered more than half of all Windows PCs in April - hinted that enterprises have yet to migrate to the newer OS in large numbers. DevOps, continuous delivery and containerisation. "Moving from a mobile-first, cloud-first world to a new world that is going to be made up of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge".

The move basically makes it possible for developers to use some of the most popular databases on Azure.

But Net Applications' tallies include only personal computers, while Microsoft's count also covers Xbox consoles, tablets and a small number of Windows-powered smartphones.

"We're in the business of bringing people to agreement digitally, then helping them honor and deliver on those agreements", Dan Springer, CEO of DocuSign said in a statement. "I have no doubt that Microsoft will pursue a robust hardware and software partner ecosystem and seek to have as many vendors embed, support ... or certify these new tools at the Edge".

Microsoft launched a preview of Azure IoT Edge, which runs on Windows and Linux and enables cloud functionality to be run on IoT devices remotely.

Microsoft unveiled a new database, Azure Cosmos DB, which is a globally distributed, multi-model database.

"We have a deep partnership with DocuSign, and appreciate the company's collaboration in helping to develop, test and deploy a Managed Instance option within the Azure SQL Database service", Scott Guthrie, EVP of the cloud and enterprise group at Microsoft said in a statement.

For developers targeting the Mac, Microsoft announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2017 for Mac. And over at InfoWorld, an article titled "Why Microsoft's Cosmos DB represents the future of cloud databases" compared Azure Cosmos DB with AWS offerings, saying: "Amazon has multiple offerings, but each provides only part of the picture: managed conventional databases (Amazon RDS), NoSQL (Amazon DynamoDB), and a data warehouse (Amazon Redshift)".