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Microsoft Removes Some Azure Restrictions as It Handles COVID-19 Traffic Strains

Microsoft published an update on its Azure cloud business continuity efforts amid traffic strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that it had removed some restrictions put in place as cloud use exploded during a huge work-from-home surge.

Application Performance Is Top Barrier to SD-WAN, Report Says

Cloud WAN specialist Aryaka has published a new report that reveals application performance is the top barrier to the adoption of software-defined wide-area networking technology.

Google Aims Anthos Cloud Application Platform at Rival AWS, with Azure Up Next

Google's Anthos multi-cloud and hybrid application platform now works with the rival Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud computing platform, with upcoming support for Microsoft Azure now in preview.

Cisco SD-WAN Weds Google Cloud for Hybrid/Multicloud Solution

Cisco's software-defined wide-area network (SD-WAN) offering will integrate with Google Cloud to create what they claim is the industry's first "application-centric multicloud networking fabric" -- Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub with Google Cloud -- coming in the first half of next year.

Cloud Platforms Increasingly Taking It to the Edge

Cloud computing vendors Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) are increasingly taking their services to the edge in the era of IoT.

Nuage Adds Mobile, IoT to SD-WAN, Claiming Industry First

Nuage Networks partnered with Asavie to add that firm's mobile/edge technology to its SD-WAN offering, claiming it's the first such solution to support desktop, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Take 5: Windows Configuration Shortcuts

Tom Fenton shares his top five commands used to configure new virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments or add virtual desktops to existing environments.

National Science Foundation Taps Clouds for Quantum Computing Research

The National Science Foundation is tapping cloud-based quantum-computing platforms from AWS, IBM and Microsoft to further academic research.

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As VMworld 2020 Goes Digital Amid Pandemic, vRealize Operations Cloud Unveiled

VMware made news on a couple of fronts today, announcing its big VMworld 2020 conference is going digitial-only and introducing vRealize Operations Cloud, a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering for wrangling operations in the VMware hybrid cloud.

How to Access EC2 Instances From PowerShell

Brien Posey, who frequently writes about various techniques for using PowerShell to manage Hyper-V virtual machines, demonstrates how the task automation and configuration management framework can also be used to manage AWS EC2 instances.

Microsoft: Pandemic Traffic Caused Azure Outage

Microsoft last week confirmed that a March outage affecting Azure cloud services in Europe and the United Kingdom was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who's Hiring During COVID-19 Pandemic? Cloud Giants

If there was ever a crucial "use case" for cloud computing, it's a global pandemic.

Amid COVID-19, CIOs Prioritize Cybersecurity, Cloud, AI

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the top concerns of enterprise CIOs, who are now prioritizing their spending on areas such as cybersecurity, public cloud, infrastructure and AI/ML.

VMware Advances Full-Stack Networking Platform: NSX-T 3.0

Virtualization kingpin VMware this week announced a major update to its full-stack networking and security platform, bringing NSX-T up to version 3.0.

Take 5: Optimizing Home Networking

Tom Fenton details a quick list of five things you can do to make your home networking experience better during the huge surge in telework.

Amazon Forecast Makes Machine Learning Easy

In Part 1 of a series, Brien Posey goes hands-on to explain this AWS service that allows you to use machine learning to make predictions based on your data, but without having to do math or write code.

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HPE Intros New Virtual Desktop Wares Amid COVID-19 Remote Work Surge

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is using VDI technology to address the huge upsurge in remote work amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

New SDN Use Case: Handling COVID-19 Pandemic Traffic Upsurge

The software-defined networking (SDN) approach has been credited as being instrumental in various use cases, but AT&T is trumpeting a new one: handling the immense upsurge in network traffic (700 percent for a VPN service) resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Azure Named Preferred Cloud BI Provider in New Report

"Microsoft Azure is the most preferred cloud BI provider, followed by Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud," says Dresner Advisory Services in the 2020 edition of its continuing research, titled "Cloud Computing and Business Intelligence Market Study."

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Microsoft's Grab of Affirmed Networks Boosts 5G Mobile Wares

Microsoft is buying Affirmed Networks to boost its software-defined networking support, particularly for mobile operators in the initial stages of rolling out next-generation 5G networks.