Microsoft brings F# to Jupyter Notebooks on Azure

Microsoft’s Azure Notebooks cloud service is adding support for F#, the Microsoft-developed “functional-first” language.

Azure Notebooks, a free service for sharing documents that contain live code and equations, features the Jupyter Notebook web application and is geared to data analysis and data processing scenarios. Previously limited to the R and Python languages, the service can be used for building machine learning models for deployment to Azure.

“Notebooks are basically executable documents. The combination [of Notebooks and F#] enables the F# community to quickly prototype code, have prose, inline graphs, etc., and share their live code documents,” said Microsoft’s Shahrokh Mortazavi, Partner program manager for the Visual Studio Cloud Platform Tools. Execution is done via Mono in Docker containers on Ubuntu Linux.

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ManagedMethods brings shadow IT and shadow data into the light

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At the recent Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, Gartner VP Neil MacDonald spoke about the technology trends for 2016 that provide the most effective business support and risk management. Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) are number one on the list. According to Gartner, companies’ use of Software as a Service (SaaS) applications create new challenges to security teams due to limited visibility and control options. CASBs enable businesses to apply much-needed security policies across multiple cloud services.

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Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully-managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service.

Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint and custom applications built with .NET onto AWS. That’s useful for businesses trying to move into the cloud from an on-premises deployment of Microsoft’s software. 

When companies start using the service, it creates a pair of domain controllers connected to a user’s virtual private cloud running Windows Server 2012 R2. Each domain controller runs in a different availability zone of a user’s choosing inside a single region, and Amazon will handle the nuts-and-bolts of managing things like host monitoring, data replication and snapshots.

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Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully-managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service.

Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint, and custom applications built with .Net onto AWS. That’s useful for businesses trying to move into the cloud from an on-premises deployment of Microsoft’s software. 

When companies start using the service, it creates a pair of domain controllers connected to a user’s virtual private cloud running Windows Server 2012 R2. Each domain controller runs in a different availability zone of a user’s choosing inside a single region, and Amazon will handle the nuts-and-bolts of managing things like host monitoring, data replication and snapshots.

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Amazon brings Microsoft users into AWS with Active Directory service

Amazon has launched an AWS Directory Service for Active Directory, a fully managed implementation of Microsoft’s authentication and user management service.

Using Active Directory in Amazon’s cloud will enable companies to bring applications including SQL Server, SharePoint and custom applications built with .NET onto AWS. That’s useful for businesses trying to move into the cloud from an on-premises deployment of Microsoft’s software. 

When companies start using the service, it creates a pair of domain controllers connected to a user’s virtual private cloud running Windows Server 2012 R2. Each domain controller runs in a different availability zone of a user’s choosing inside a single region, and Amazon will handle the nuts-and-bolts of managing things like host monitoring, data replication and snapshots.

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IBM brings Bluemix behind the firewall for sensitive workloads

IBM’s Bluemix development platform is already available in public and hosted private cloud versions. On Thursday, the company announced a third option for customers that need to build apps behind a firewall.

Called Bluemix Local, it adds new hybrid cloud app-development capabilities, giving enterprises the ability to build apps securely and deploy them easily across public, private and on-premise environments.

“It allows you to build a true hybrid app,” said Damion Heredia, IBM’s vice president for Cloud Platform Services. “You can choose where you want different parts to run.”

Bluemix is an implementation of IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture that leverages Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy and manage cloud applications while tapping an ecosystem of services and runtime frameworks. It was originally launched as a public cloud offering, but a single-tenant “dedicated” version was launched late last year.

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SAP brings Hadoop into the Hana fold with Vora, a new in-memory analytics tool

A new tool from SAP will allow companies to analyze distributed Hadoop data alongside corporate data using the ERP giant’s Hana in-memory computing platform.

Announced on Tuesday, SAP Hana Vora is an in-memory query engine that taps the Apache Spark execution framework to deliver interactive analytics on Hadoop.

By extending Hana’s reach to include distributed data in the Hadoop ecosystem, the tool is designed to help data scientists and developers combine corporate and external data in their analyses. That, in turn, means that incoming data from customers, partners and smart devices can be integrated with that from internal enterprise processes, giving companies better context with which to make decisions, SAP said.

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Salesforce New Community Cloud Brings Big Data Analytics to Entire CRM

SalesforceCC 300x198 Salesforce New Community Cloud Brings Big Data Analytics to Entire CRMIt is not always easy for organizations to stay in touch with customers, partners and employees through home communities. With Salesforce’s new Community Cloud, companies can create their communities, in the LinkedIn style, but for their customers, partners and employees.

Built on the Salesforce Community Cloud Platform – via Connect API – companies can directly connect to Salesforce CRM and data sources and third-party systems. In this way, companies can deliver better service to their customers, more sales through partners and increase employee engagement. Salesforce research shows that digital communities guarantee 48 percent faster problem resolution, a 48 percent increase in employee engagement, 45 percent more customer satisfaction and 43 percent increase in sales through partners.

Community Cloud has a new feature called Targeted Recommendations which seeks to promote user engagement on these sites. The new feature, which is based on algorithms that analyze structured and unstructured data, is designed to bring members of the community the most relevant content, as inputs, resources, files and groups. The community managers can suggest content to specific information or an ad in the news and direct it to a group member type or a specific individual.

The second new feature now available is called Lightning Community Builder and Templates, and allows any business user community to deploy a customized, branded and optimized for mobile devices without the need to seek the help of IT. Companies can use Lightning Builder to create your own custom communities with custom applications. For example, a non-profit institution could build an application to organize volunteer events and incorporate it into the home page of your community.

Finally, Salesforce Connect for Google Drive Files is a new feature that allows community members to share any file created or stored in Google Drive. Thus, a marketing team could share a file from Google with the campaign planning group to easily access and work on it. You can also attach files within Google Drive to a record, as sales opportunities or service case.

According to IDC, the enterprise collaboration market was $ 1.24 billion in 2014, and the market expected to reach $ 3.5 billion in 2018, an annual growth of 23.1%. The sector as defined by IDC includes software for collaboration internally and externally. Other major players such as IBM Connections, Microsoft Yammer, Jive Software, Tibco Tibbr, Zimbra and SAP Jam also have a foot in this market.

Last year, Microsoft and Salesforce have signed a strategic partnership to create new solutions that will enable you to connect the platform and the CRM app to Windows and Office apps. The agreement provides that the Salesforce CRM solution is integrated with the Windows OS, the Azure cloud platform and the office suite Office 365.


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Google brings Broad Institute’s genome analysis kit to the cloud

Google has partnered with Broad Institute to offer the biomedical research organization’s DNA analysis software as a service on the tech company’s Cloud Platform.

The institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit will run in Google Genomics, the company’s cloud service for life sciences research. Google positions the service as a platform for storing and analyzing the world’s genomic data.

The hosted service is available now “to a limited set of users,” Google said Wednesday. The company didn’t immediately reply to a request asking how many researchers can initially use the service or when it would be available to more scientists.

The Broad Institute offers the software, which scientists use to analyze genomic data, for free to academic researchers and non-profits, while businesses are charged a licensing fee. This model will be applied to the cloud version of the software, although all users will have to pay to use Google’s cloud. Google didn’t provide pricing information for the service.

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Rugged, Battery-Powered Server from NextComputing Brings Local Cloud Computing

Rugged, Battery-Powered Server from NextComputing Brings Local Cloud Computing
As cloud computing continues to grow across multiple industries, off-site operations are often seeking solutions to provide these types of services in the field. While traditional rackmount servers can do the job, these systems and their associated
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Skytap Automates Cloud Deployments
This release of new Skytap software features — Configuration Routing and Self-Service Cloud Orchestration — allows development and test teams to replicate their in-house environments in the cloud while sharing server resources, such as a Microsoft
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Dome9 Security Adds Protection for CloudFlare Customers' Web Servers
9, 2011 – Dome9 Security™, the leading provider of cloud server security management service for public and private clouds, as well as for dedicated and Virtual Private Servers (VPS), today at HostingCon 2011 announced a new partnership with CloudFlare
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