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For Sale – MSI Geforce GTX 980Ti 6GD5T OC

It’s the Armor 2X version as featured here

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GD5T OC | Graphics card – The world leader in display performance | MSI Global

Core/Memory

  • Boost Clock / Base Clock
  • 1190 MHz / 1102 MHz
  • 6144 MB GDDR5 / 7010 MHz Memory

Video Output Function

  • Dual-link DVI-I x 1
  • DisplayPort x 3
  • HDMI x 1

Features

  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • DirectX 12 Ready
  • Great for 4K
  • Gamestream to NVIDIA® SHIELD

Item is in great condition, has never been overclocked beyond how it arrived from the factory, and as specified above. Used in a smoke-free environment and for gaming only. It will come in an anti-static bag, but not in the original packaging, and will be the card alone (i.e. no drivers disc)

Only selling because of upgrading to a 1080ti. Still a great card for 1080p gaming and above.

Price and currency: £260
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Balance Transfer
Location: Spalding Lincs
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – MSI Geforce GTX 980Ti 6GD5T OC

It’s the Armor 2X version as featured here

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GD5T OC | Graphics card – The world leader in display performance | MSI Global

Core/Memory

  • Boost Clock / Base Clock
  • 1190 MHz / 1102 MHz
  • 6144 MB GDDR5 / 7010 MHz Memory

Video Output Function

  • Dual-link DVI-I x 1
  • DisplayPort x 3
  • HDMI x 1

Features

  • Virtual Reality Ready
  • DirectX 12 Ready
  • Great for 4K
  • Gamestream to NVIDIA® SHIELD

Item is in great condition, has never been overclocked beyond how it arrived from the factory, and as specified above. Used in a smoke-free environment and for gaming only. It will come in an anti-static bag, but not in the original packaging, and will be the card alone (i.e. no drivers disc)

Only selling because of upgrading to a 1080ti. Still a great card for 1080p gaming and above.

Price and currency: £260
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Balance Transfer
Location: Spalding Lincs
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Park Place Technologies selects Microsoft Cloud to transform sales and customer engagement | Stories

CLEVELAND, and REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 11, 2017 — Park Place Technologies Inc. (www.parkplacetechnologies.com), a global leader in datacenter third-party maintenance and support, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) have announced they are planning to collaborate on driving digital transformation across Park Place Technologies’ global sales and service operations and rapidly accelerate its ability to deliver engineering services across the over 100 countries in which it operates.

Park Place plans to fully deploy Microsoft enterprise cloud services, including Dynamics 365 and Office 365, along with LinkedIn Sales Navigator, to enhance collaboration and productivity across its sales and service operations. With the ability to leverage data and insights from across its organization, Park Place will be better positioned to deliver optimal service and ultimately maximize uptime for its customers.

“Microsoft is uniquely positioned with integrated offerings across the whole cloud stack,” said Chris Adams, president and COO, Park Place Technologies. “We’re confident this trusted, global platform will further enhance productivity for our employees and provide more value to our customers.”

As a first step, Park Place Technologies plans to equip its salesforce with the Microsoft Relationship Sales solution, a joint offering that combines the power of Dynamics 365 for Sales with the world’s largest professional network in LinkedIn Sales Navigator. By surfacing relationships between people, and then integrating that information within a single platform, Park Place salespeople will be able to access information in a way that saves time and improves productivity.

“Park Place Technologies is at the forefront of IT service and support with a commitment to innovating ways employees are empowered to deliver value to customers,” said Alysa Taylor, general manager, Business Applications Group at Microsoft. “Putting the power of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud behind Park Place’s customer care organization will connect people, processes and data insights to optimize productivity and transform its service delivery operations.”

About Park Place Technologies

Since 1991, Park Place Technologies has provided an alternative to post-warranty storage, server, and networking hardware maintenance for IT data centers. Supporting more than 10,000 organizations in over 100 countries, Park Place Technologies offers an exceptional customer experience, superior service delivery, and an operational advantage for businesses ranging from government, higher education, and healthcare institutions to cloud service providers, SMB and Fortune 500 companies.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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4-H youth leader rocks the Hour of Code, plans to continue the movement in her community – Microsoft on the Issues

4H youth leader and Seattle Seahawk player with student in Microsoft Store in Bellevue, Washington
4-H youth leader and TEALS student Nora Medina, left, and Seattle Seahawks player Luke Willson participate in an Hour of Code with a student Dec. 5 at the Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square Mall in Bellevue, Washington.

Earlier this fall, Microsoft and National 4-H Council announced a partnership to support young people to be digital leaders, equipping them with the digital skills and other resources to help them make an even bigger, positive impact on their communities. Youth leaders are working with educators, community members and others to identify challenges their communities face, and to use technology to address those challenges.

Nora Medina, from Quincy High School in central Washington state, is working to inspire kids to learn to code, and help adults build digital skills to close the digital divide in her community. We caught up with Nora during Computer Science Education Week when she visited the Microsoft Store in Bellevue, Washington, alongside Seattle Seahawk Luke Willson, to coach elementary school students through their first Hour of Code. Nora and Luke used the new Minecraft tutorial for Hour of Code, called Hero’s Journey, which introduces kids to coding in a fun and engaging way. While our partnership with 4-H is wide-ranging, going beyond digital skills, computer science was the focus of this conversation with Nora:

4H youth leader and TEALS student Nora Medina with Seattle Seahawk Luke Willson
4-H youth leader and TEALS student Nora Medina with Seattle Seahawk Luke Willson.

How did you discover computer science?

I was introduced to coding and Code.org in middle school in an afterschool club. I started by playing with Minecraft and JavaScript. After that I got involved in Digital Tools class, which opened up more classes at my high school, where I learned web design. I realized you can do so much with your imagination and your creativity. Nothing limits you!

Why do you think learning to code is important for kids today?

Coding is everywhere! If you know coding, companies will be more inclined to hire you. You’ll have more skills to offer.

What can you tell us about your involvement with 4-H?

We’re starting a service project where the main focus is teaching adults digital skills. There’s a gap between students and parents. If we teach adults about digital skills, and why we’re on our phones so much, that can bring us closer as a community, and opens up more opportunities for parents and adults!

Microsoft is a leading supporter of Computer Science Education Week because the lack of access to computer science education threatens to widen the income gap between those who have the skills to succeed in the 21st century and those who do not, impeding students’ ability to eventually thrive in their future careers. We’re inspired by young people like Nora Medina who are stepping forward to help us, and others, address the problem.

In the United States alone, there are over 500,000 open computing jobs, however last year, less than 43,000 computer science students graduated into the U.S. workforce.  Learning to code is one of the most important steps students can take to prepare themselves to fully participate in, and benefit from, our digital economy. That’s why Microsoft Philanthropies is working to help young people and adults become creators of technology, advance their careers and grow their local economies by making computer science education and digital skills available to everyone.

Learn more, and find resources to start learning to code, or to teach others, by visiting your local Microsoft Store or https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/digital-skills/hour-of-code.

Tags: Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code, Microsoft Philanthropies, Microsoft Store

AWS graph database Neptune sets sail at re:Invent 2017

Cloud computing leader Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference this week in Las Vegas saw a deluge of cloud and database announcements. Among those on the data side was Neptune, the company’s formal entry into the growing field of graph databases.

While this AWS graph database may have less immediate impact than Redshift, the influential cloud data warehouse it rolled out at re:Invent five years ago, it does fill a gap that competitors like IBM, Microsoft and others have included in their cloud data portfolios as they play catch-up with Amazon in the cloud.

AWS CEO Andy Jassy told the re:Invent audience that the Neptune graph database is intended to uncover connections in data points in a way that eludes traditional relational database. With graphs, data is stored in sets of interconnected nodes, unlike relational databases that store data in rows and columns.

Graph databases have found increasing use in online recommendation engines, as well as tasks including uncovering fraud and managing social media connections. Facebook’s Friends and Search graphs may be among the most vivid examples of use of the technology.

Jassy said graph databases, along with NoSQL key-value and document data stores, are part of a trend toward multimodel databases that support a variety of data processing methods, particularly in the cloud.

Picture of AWS CEO Andy Jassy at re:Invent 2017Andy Jassy

He said Amazon Neptune, which for now is available only as a limited preview, supports graphs based on property and semantic models — these being the two main schools of graph database construction. AWS will offer Neptune as a managed cloud service, with automatic backup to S3 over three cloud availability zones.

“People have used relational databases for everything,” he said. But such single-minded reliance on relational databases is breaking down, he contended.

This AWS graph database isn’t the company’s first foray into the technology: AWS already offers the ability to store graphs from the open source Titan graph database and its JanusGraph fork in DynamoDB tables via a back-end storage plug-in. DynamoDB is an Amazon NoSQL database for which the company claims more than 100,000 users.

Graph adept and less Graph adept

The graph data technology that has emerged in recent years comes primarily from smaller players such as Cambridge Semantics, DataStax, Franz and Neo Technologies Inc. By and large, these companies have welcomed the AWS graph database into their market, as they could signify validation of their technology niche.

People have used relational databases for everything.
Andy JassyCEO, AWS

Established relational leaders have come to include some graph support within their flagship SQL databases, and some even have rolled out stand-alone NoSQL graph databases.

AWS’ target with Neptune is the relational leaders’ flagships, which may struggle when processing ever bigger amounts of graph data, according to Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research.

Picture of Doug Henschen, Constellation ResearchDoug Henschen

“Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2 have all added features for graph analysis, but SQL and extended SQL functions are not as adept as graph databases and graph query languages at exploring billions of relationships,” he said.

The AWS graph database correctly identifies an opportunity for replacing graph analysis use cases currently running on less-graph-adept commercial relational databases, Henschen said.

To Neptune, and beyond

Neptune was just one of many updates fleet Amazon added to its fast-moving cloud operation. At re:Invent, Jassy described a serverless version of Amazon Aurora database, which is now in controlled preview. It can be quickly spun up and down, and customers can pay by the second for database capacity when the database is in use, he said.

Meanwhile, Amazon’s DynamoDB is adding global table replication that ensures dependable low latency for data access across many cloud regions. Interest in such capabilities has grown along with the expansion of e-commerce across the globe.

Global replication for cloud databases was among traits heralded by Microsoft in its recent debut of Cosmos DB, as well as Oracle, in its fanfare for its upcoming Oracle 18 cloud database services.

Chevron fuels digital transformation with new Microsoft partnership – Transform

As a global leader in the energy industry, Chevron has long been a big data company with advanced technologies to manage complex operations. But a new partnership with Microsoft will infuse Chevron with even more computing power to accelerate its work in data analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Announced Monday, the multi-year partnership establishes Microsoft Azure as Chevron’s primary cloud and is part of Chevron’s efforts to digitize its oil fields and accelerate deployment of new technologies that can increase revenues, reduce costs and improve the safety and reliability of operations.

“Chevron has a long history of applying technology,” said Bill Braun, chief information officer of Chevron. “This partnership will allow us to digitally transform and leverage the scale and capabilities of Microsoft to ensure we harness the value of our data.”

The partnership also includes technical collaboration, joint innovation and employee cross-training. It will help Microsoft develop products that solve Chevron’s business challenges and Chevron to transform the growing amount of data it generates into performance-driving intelligence.

“Chevron is a very sophisticated consumer of data, compute and IoT,” said Tom Keane, head of global infrastructure for Microsoft Azure. “While they’re excellent today at high-performance computing, the intent of this partnership is, ‘How can we bring that together with Microsoft Azure and more efficiently do oil exploration? Or more efficiently do sensor management from an offshore oil rig?’”

Braun said Microsoft Azure is a good match because of its large global infrastructure, which has more regions than any other cloud provider. He said Azure will enable new solutions in such data-intensive areas as exploration, midstream logistics, retail operations and the management of thousands of oil wells around the world.

“We have an incredible amount of data from our production facilities, drill ships and fiber optic cables inside well casings,” he said. The cables measure pressure, temperature and other metrics and can generate up to 1 terabyte of data a day.

In Houston, engineers monitor data from drill sensors six miles beneath the earth’s surface and across four continents – data that arrives in five to 10 seconds to help ensure human safety and systems controls. In Kazakhstan, Chevron’s new facility expansion can generate more data than all the data produced by the company’s refineries in North America.

“What are we going to do with that data? How do we harness it?” Braun said. “Azure is going to be very helpful in getting real-time data, handling the volume and giving us the ability to scale and apply analytics.”

He envisions a day when Azure, which can quickly ingest and analyze millions of data points, might enable machine learning to read seismic surveys faster and more consistently than humans, similar to the progress being made in reading medical images. And he said predictive maintenance will create smarter workflows with equipment.

Chevron and Microsoft have worked together for years, and Braun said the ability of engineers to learn from one another is critical. He said Microsoft “gets” the enterprise and that Chevron values Microsoft’s technology, technical leadership and partnership mindset. Microsoft gains insight into the oil and gas industry and learns how its solutions work in a company with a global footprint and harsh operating conditions. Microsoft has already improved its high-performance computing infrastructure based on Chevron’s feedback.

“It’s a two-way development program; both sides bring something and get something,” Braun said. “For us to evolve our technology skills at the pace the cloud is moving is very valuable. This partnership helps Chevron stay technically competitive.”

To learn more about Chevron’s partnership with Microsoft, read the press release.

Blackbaud and Microsoft to strengthen strategic partnership to digitally transform the nonprofit sector – News Center

Social good software leader Blackbaud bets big on Microsoft Azure as the two companies plan to go deeper on integrations, innovation and sector leadership to scale global good

BALTIMORE — Oct. 18, 2017 As part of bbcon 2017, Blackbaud (Nasdaq: BLKB), the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good, and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT), plan to expand their partnership in support of their mutual goals to digitally transform the nonprofit sector.

The nonprofit sector represents the third largest workforce behind retail and manufacturing in the United States with approximately 3 million organizations globally. Blackbaud, the largest vertical cloud software provider in the space, announced its intention to fully power its social good-optimized cloud, Blackbaud SKY™, with Microsoft Azure. The two companies highlighted a three-point commitment to collaboration for the good of the global nonprofit community. This announcement comes just days after Microsoft launched its new Tech for Social Impact Group, which is dedicated to accelerating technology adoption and digital transformation with the nonprofit industry to deliver greater impact on the world’s most critical social issues.

“This newly expanded partnership between Microsoft and Blackbaud will allow both companies to better meet the unique technology challenges nonprofits face,” said Justin Spelhaug, general manager of Microsoft Tech for Social Impact. “By combining Microsoft’s cloud platforms and expertise with Blackbaud’s leading industry solutions, we will create new opportunities for digital transformation to empower nonprofits to make an even bigger impact on the world.”

“The nonprofit community plays a vital role in the health of the entire social economy, and we’ve been working for more than three decades to help these inspiring organizations achieve big, bold mission outcomes,” said Mike Gianoni, president and CEO of Blackbaud. “For nearly that long we’ve also been a Microsoft partner, and we’re incredibly enthusiastic about forging new ground together as we tackle some of the most pressing issues nonprofits face. Both companies couldn’t be more committed to this space, so the nonprofit community should expect great things from this expanded partnership.”

The newly expanded partnership between Microsoft and Blackbaud will focus on three key areas:

Deeper integration between Microsoft and Blackbaud solutions, with Blackbaud’s cloud platform for social good, Blackbaud SKY, powered by Microsoft Azure

Blackbaud has been developing on the Microsoft stack for over three decades. As a leading Global ISV Partner, Blackbaud is already one of Microsoft’s top Azure-based providers. Today, Blackbaud announced its intention to fully power Blackbaud SKY™, its high-performance cloud exclusively designed for the social good community, in Microsoft’s Azure environment.

“Blackbaud’s expanded Azure commitment will be one of the most significant partner bets on Microsoft’s hyperscale cloud, and the most significant to transform the social good space,” Spelhaug said. “We often highlight the engineering work behind Blackbaud SKY™, because it demonstrates the power of Microsoft Azure and the kind of forward-looking innovation and leadership that the nonprofit sector greatly needs.”

Details of the investment are not publicly available but the companies plan to share more about the partnership in coming months. Blackbaud also announced its plans to become a CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) partner for the Microsoft platform, simplifying the purchase, provisioning and management of Blackbaud and Microsoft cloud offerings. For nonprofits that want the security, power and flexibility of the cloud plus the services and support of a trusted solution provider that deeply understands their unique needs, Blackbaud will be able to deliver both Microsoft and Blackbaud solutions through a unified purchase experience.

A commitment to pursuing best-in-class nonprofit cloud solutions that bring together the best of both companies’ innovation for a performance-enhanced experience for nonprofits — from funding, to mission operations, to program delivery

Blackbaud and Microsoft plan to pursue innovative ways to fully harness the power, security and reliability of Microsoft’s Azure-Powered solutions (e.g., Office 365, Dynamics) and Blackbaud’s industry-leading, outcome-focused solutions that cater specifically to the unique workflow and operating model needs of nonprofits — all with the goal of improving nonprofit performance across the entire mission lifecycle.

This includes exploring how both companies’ respective cloud artificial intelligence (AI) and analytics innovations can be leveraged in new ways to drive even greater sector impact.

“There is massive opportunity to empower the nonprofit community through creative tech innovation,” said Kevin McDearis, chief products officer at Blackbaud. “Every 1 percent improvement in fundraising effectiveness makes $2.8 billion available for frontline program work. This is just one example of the type of impact Blackbaud focuses on with our workflows and embedded intelligence, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to team up with Microsoft to push into new areas of innovation that move the sector forward, faster.”

Joint sector leadership initiatives that make innovation, research and best practices more accessible to nonprofits around the world

Nonprofits are addressing some of the world’s most complicated issues. As shared value companies, Microsoft and Blackbaud share a commitment to helping nonprofits meet those needs. Microsoft is globally known for its unmatched philanthropic reach and impact. And Blackbaud, which exclusively builds software for social good, invests more in R&D and best-practice-driven research for global good than any technology provider. Both companies were among just 56 companies named to the Fortune 2017 Change the World list.

Together, Microsoft and Blackbaud intend to partner on initiatives that make innovation more accessible for nonprofits large and small, while also exploring ways the companies’ data assets, community outreach and sector leadership can be synergistically and responsibly applied to improve the effectiveness and impact of the entire nonprofit community.

Microsoft and Blackbaud will share further details in the coming months. Learn more about Microsoft’s Technology for Social Impact Group here. Visit www.Blackbaud.com for more on Blackbaud.

About Blackbaud

Blackbaud (NASDAQ: BLKB) is the world’s leading cloud software company powering social good. Serving the entire social good community—nonprofits, foundations, corporations, education institutions, healthcare institutions and individual change agents—Blackbaud connects and empowers organizations to increase their impact through software, services, expertise, and data intelligence. The Blackbaud portfolio is tailored to the unique needs of vertical markets, with solutions for fundraising and CRM, marketing, advocacy, peer-to-peer fundraising, corporate social responsibility, school management, ticketing, grantmaking, financial management, payment processing, and analytics. Serving the industry for more than three decades, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications for Microsoft, (425) 638-7777, rrt@we-worldwide.com

Nicole McGougan, Public Relations Manager for Blackbaud, (843) 654-3307, media@blackbaud.com

Symantec powers consumer security with the Microsoft Cloud – News Center

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 16, 2017 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced that cybersecurity leader Symantec Corp. is using the Microsoft Azure cloud to help deliver its Norton consumer products to a global community of more than 50 million people and families. Azure provides Symantec with a highly reliable, trusted cloud that offers global scale and cost efficiencies.

This partnership stems from a Symantec initiative to adopt hybrid cloud strategies that support its business, protect company and customer data, and increase operational efficiencies. With this initiative, Symantec is expecting to not only increase performance, agility and security, but also reduce its operating expenses. Azure allows Symantec to innovate quickly, helping protect customers’ digital lives at home and across devices.

“Our focus is helping organizations, governments and people secure their most important data, wherever it lives,” said Sheila Jordan, Symantec senior vice president and CIO. “The cloud is key to our strategy to accelerate innovation internally, streamline operations, and ultimately protect and empower our customers in the digital age. Microsoft has been a strong partner and has helped us to painlessly execute our strategy, far exceeding its commitment to ensure our success.”

“Symantec and Microsoft share a commitment to online security, and it’s exciting to work with Sheila and team to harness the power of the cloud to extend this ongoing effort,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. “This demonstrates how Azure is uniquely able to handle the biggest, most demanding cloud services in the world.”

Working with the Microsoft team, Symantec designed and developed new cloud services, and migrated 105 critical consumer digital safety capabilities to Azure, such as reputation scoring, security telemetry and advanced threat protection. In addition, Symantec set up real-time dashboards to track and report financial, operational and security metrics to govern adoption and utilization.

Based on 25 years of experience, the Norton brand continually evolves its product offerings to help reduce cybercrime. The service is backed by Symantec’s technology innovation and the world’s largest civilian threat intelligence network, which tracks more than 700,000 global adversaries and records events from 98 million attack sensors worldwide in more than 157 countries and territories.[1]

Microsoft continues to work closely with Symantec to ensure the ongoing success of the initiative. Next, Symantec will bring its e-commerce system to Azure to streamline how customers purchase Norton software online. The company also plans to use the Microsoft Cloud for key internal information technology services, including Azure Container Services, machine learning and platform as a service offerings. By deploying these critical applications and systems on Azure, Symantec can develop, test and deliver new solutions to its engineering, sales, marketing and operations teams faster and at lower cost.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

For more information, press only:

Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications for Microsoft, (425) 638-7777, rrt@we-worldwide.com

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

[1] Internet Security Threat Report, 2017. Page 5.

Symantec powers consumer security with the Microsoft Cloud – News Center

REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 16, 2017 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced that cybersecurity leader Symantec Corp. is using the Microsoft Azure cloud to help deliver its Norton consumer products to a global community of more than 50 million people and families. Azure provides Symantec with a highly reliable, trusted cloud that offers global scale and cost efficiencies.

This partnership stems from a Symantec initiative to adopt hybrid cloud strategies that support its business, protect company and customer data, and increase operational efficiencies. With this initiative, Symantec is expecting to not only increase performance, agility and security, but also reduce its operating expenses. Azure allows Symantec to innovate quickly, helping protect customers’ digital lives at home and across devices.

“Our focus is helping organizations, governments and people secure their most important data, wherever it lives,” said Sheila Jordan, Symantec senior vice president and CIO. “The cloud is key to our strategy to accelerate innovation internally, streamline operations, and ultimately protect and empower our customers in the digital age. Microsoft has been a strong partner and has helped us to painlessly execute our strategy, far exceeding its commitment to ensure our success.”

“Symantec and Microsoft share a commitment to online security, and it’s exciting to work with Sheila and team to harness the power of the cloud to extend this ongoing effort,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise at Microsoft. “This demonstrates how Azure is uniquely able to handle the biggest, most demanding cloud services in the world.”

Working with the Microsoft team, Symantec designed and developed new cloud services, and migrated 105 critical consumer digital safety capabilities to Azure, such as reputation scoring, security telemetry and advanced threat protection. In addition, Symantec set up real-time dashboards to track and report financial, operational and security metrics to govern adoption and utilization.

Based on 25 years of experience, the Norton brand continually evolves its product offerings to help reduce cybercrime. The service is backed by Symantec’s technology innovation and the world’s largest civilian threat intelligence network, which tracks more than 700,000 global adversaries and records events from 98 million attack sensors worldwide in more than 157 countries and territories.[1]

Microsoft continues to work closely with Symantec to ensure the ongoing success of the initiative. Next, Symantec will bring its e-commerce system to Azure to streamline how customers purchase Norton software online. The company also plans to use the Microsoft Cloud for key internal information technology services, including Azure Container Services, machine learning and platform as a service offerings. By deploying these critical applications and systems on Azure, Symantec can develop, test and deliver new solutions to its engineering, sales, marketing and operations teams faster and at lower cost.

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

For more information, press only:

Microsoft Media Relations, WE Communications for Microsoft, (425) 638-7777, rrt@we-worldwide.com

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://news.microsoft.com. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://news.microsoft.com/microsoft-public-relations-contacts.

[1] Internet Security Threat Report, 2017. Page 5.