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Microsoft from GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit: New Azure innovations will advance the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge

Today, I gathered with the tech community in the Seattle area at the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit to talk about how customers are using the cloud and what the future holds. I joined GeekWire’s Todd Bishop and Tom Krazit on stage for a fireside chat to share more about Microsoft’s vision for emerging cloud innovation, but I also got to connect with many of you directly. In those conversations, it became even more apparent just how many of you are turning to the intelligent cloud to explore how emerging innovation like serverless, blockchain, edge computing, and AI can help you create solutions that can change your business — and people’s lives.

At Microsoft, we’re continually releasing technology that’s inspired by our customers and what you tell us you need to make the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge a reality for your businesses. For example, you may need to build applications to work in remote areas with low connectivity. Or you need to store, access, and drive insights from your data faster because of competitive pressures. And, you need confidence that your data and applications will be secure, resilient, and highly available across the globe.

During my time with Tom and Todd, I announced a few of our latest Azure solutions and newest regions and availability zones designed to bring this vision to you, our customers, and I’d like to share more on these new technologies.

Introducing the next level in big data analytics

Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 and general availability of Azure Data Factory capabilities

Data is currency for enterprises today, and we know you need to be able to easily store and quickly access your data to drive actionable insights. You also need to be able to ingest and integrate big data quickly and easily to get to insights more readily. Today, we are introducing a preview of a highly scalable, highly performant, and cost-effective data lake solution for big data analytics, Azure Data Lake Storage Gen 2, to deliver the scale, performance, and security needed by your most demanding and sensitive workloads. 

Because Azure Data Lake Gen2 is built on the foundations of Azure blob storage, all data — from data that is constantly in use through to data that only needs to be referenced occasionally or stored for regulatory reasons — can coexist in a single store without having to copy data. This means that you will have greater speed to insight over your data along with rich security at a more cost-effective price. Azure Data Lake Storage also provides a unified data store where unstructured object data and file data can be accessed concurrently via Blob Storage and Hadoop File System protocols.

Today also brings the general availability of new features in Azure Data Factory to deliver data movement as a service capacities so you can build analytics across hybrid and multicloud environments, and drive raw data into actionable insights. The new features include a web-based graphical user interface to create, schedule and manage data pipelines, code-free data ingestion from over 70 data source connectors to accelerate data movement across on-premises and cloud, and ability to easily lift SQL Server Integration Services packages to Azure and run in managed execution environment in Azure Data Factory. You can also start taking advantage of native ADF connector for Azure Data Lake Storage to load your data lake at scale.

Enabling the intelligent edge

Azure IoT Edge is generally available

In the next 10 years, nearly all our everyday devices and many new devices will be connected. These devices are all becoming so “smart” that they can power advanced algorithms that help them see, listen, reason, predict and more, without a 24/7 dependence on the cloud. This is the intelligent edge, and it will define the next wave of innovation in how we address world issues: distributing resources like water and oil, increasing food production and quality, and responding to natural disasters.

As key part of our strategy to deliver the promise of edge computing is Azure IoT Edge, which enables consistency between cloud and edge. This means you can push AI and machine learning to the edge, providing the most comprehensive and innovative edge offering on the market. As of today, Azure IoT Edge is generally available globally, with new updates for increased flexibility, scalability, security, and more.

Also today, the Azure IoT Edge runtime is open sourced and available on GitHub. If you are a developer, this gives you even greater flexibility and control of your edge solutions, so you can modify the runtime and debug issues. Azure IoT Edge now also supports more languages than another other edge solution including C#, C, Node.js, Python, and Java, and we’ve added support for the Moby container management system. Additionally, we’ve released a Device Provisioning Service that enables you to provision tens of thousands of devices with zero touch. The new Security Manager for Azure IoT Edge acts as a well-bounded security core for protecting the IoT Edge device and all its components by abstracting the secure silicon hardware.

Azure IoT Edge customers like Schneider Electric and a farmer in Carnation, Washington are building sophisticated solutions that deliver real-time insights in areas with unreliable connectivity. Now that the solution is production-ready, with enhanced features, we can’t wait to see what else you build.

Azure global infrastructure

New Azure regions

We continuously invest in our cloud infrastructure to give you more compute power to enable the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. We’ve announced 54 Azure regions to help you deliver cloud services and apps to nearly every corner of the globe and to provide everything that’s needed to run mission-critical applications, across scenarios, with a full set of resiliency solutions.

Today, we expanded our Azure presence in China, one of the most dynamic cloud markets in the world, with two additional regions now generally available. We were the first international cloud provider in China in 2014 (in partnership with 21Vianet), and today’s announcement doubles the number of Azure regions available there. We continue to see immense opportunity in China for cloud services to fuel innovation and multinational corporations including Adobe, Coke, Costco, Daimler, Ford, Nuance, P&G, and Toyota, which are choosing our intelligent cloud services to help deliver for their customers in China. This builds on our recently announced plans to expand our cloud infrastructure in Europe and the Middle East and announced plans for new regions coming to Norway

We’re also constantly increasing Azure’s resiliency capabilities with the addition of new Azure Availability Zones. Our Availability Zone in the Netherlands is now generally available, adding to the Zones already available in Iowa and Paris. The combination of region pairs and Availability Zones not only increases Azure’s resiliency capabilities, but broadens customer choice for business continuity architectures and delivers an industry-leading SLA for virtual machines.

It’s an exciting future

It was great to see all of you at GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit today. For those of you who weren’t able to be there live, you can follow along online. As always, we will continue to focus on building the technologies you need to drive innovation and disruption with the intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. Let us know what you think about these new solutions by sharing your feedback and comments.

Adobe-Microsoft partnership adds key integrations

The Adobe-Microsoft partnership is becoming immediately visible to customers, as the tech giants start to more deeply integrate their products for cloud users.

The companies said they will soon start coselling applications and comarketing products.

Also, Adobe has unveiled new integrations with Document Cloud and Microsoft products, embedding the ability to create a PDF directly in applications like Office 365, Dynamics 365, SharePoint and OneDrive. The San Jose, Calif., company also released upgrades to its Adobe Scan and Adobe Sign products.

The integrations strengthen the partnership revealed almost two years ago at Microsoft Ignite, when Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella championed the promise of a significant alliance with Adobe.

By committing to deep integrations and signaling they will cosell and comarket  products, the companies are making more Adobe-Microsoft  integrations immediately visible to and usable for customers — particularly now that the Adobe logo is an integral feature on the Microsoft 365 UI ribbon.

Analysts said the tighter Adobe-Microsoft connection indicates the tech partners have succeeded in bridging their technologies and making product integrations tangible to users.

“Adobe and Microsoft is the tightest, most profound alliance I’ve seen with two companies,” said Paul Greenberg, founder and managing principal of The 56 Group and author of CRM at the Speed of Light. “I call it the ‘get-a-room’ partnership, because it’s that intimate — down to the bits and bytes of architecture.”

Document Cloud integration for Microsoft products has been available for on-premises versions of Office and SharePoint, but the latest integration opens the option to export PDFs into Acrobat directly from Microsoft’s cloud-based products.

Office 365 and Dynamics 365 users will also be able to use the Document Cloud integration on mobile devices. To take advantage of the integration, users must have licenses for both Document Cloud and any of the Microsoft cloud products included in the integration.

The depth of integration is going to drive sales in a significant way, regardless of if they are comarketing.
Tim Frazierresearch director at IDC

“Enterprises can roll this out for all of their users; it’s consistent across 365 tools, including Outlook,” said Lisa Croft, group marketing manager at Adobe Document Cloud. “We made the decision to do this partnership not only from a technology perspective, but also marketing and coselling together.”

Whether the Adobe-Microsoft partnership means the companies will actually go to market together does not directly reflect how close the companies have become, according to Terry Frazier, research director at IDC.

“The depth of integration is going to drive sales in a significant way, regardless of if they are comarketing,” Frazier said. “They’re expanding the ease of use and integration, and all of that is critically important.”

Neither IDC nor Adobe had statistics available on how many Adobe Document Cloud customers also license Microsoft 365 products. However, anecdotally, both said there is a significant overlap.

Adobe upgrades Scan, integrates Sign

Beyond tightening integrations between core Microsoft and Adobe products, Adobe also upgraded Adobe Scan and Adobe Sign with consumer- and enterprise-friendly features.

Adobe Scan consumers can now use a free application to scan a business card and have the information on the card turn into a contact on their mobile device. Adobe also added its AI platform, Sensei, into Scan to help the app deal with common problems, such as shadows and dimly lit pictures.

“Paper business cards are something with information that can be reused and repurposed in a better way,” Croft said, adding that since releasing Scan last year, Adobe has seen more than 10.5 million downloads.

Last year, Adobe integrated Sign into Office 365 and Dynamics 365 and furthered that integration this year to include multistep workflows within Dynamics 365 and improved automation features to be compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation.

“The whole e-signature space is somewhere we see a lot of activity, and it needs to continue to get easier and fast and smarter,” Frazier said.

All these integrations and product upgrades are being done with a specific goal in mind, Greenberg said. That is recognizing the importance for customers of having an intelligent, easy-to-use platform and ecosystem of products.

“Looking at it all, these companies recognize that they need to meet the end-to-end demand of customers,” Greenberg said. “Between acquisitions and partnerships, there’s a lot of completion happening.”

For Sale – Dell XPS L702X

Hi everyone.

I am having to sell my tech as I’ve been given a new laptop from work so no longer need these.

Photos of both can be seen here and specs of both machine is as per below. Price is £300 for each laptop including fully tracked delivery with RoyalMail or ParcelForce24 not for both and chargers are included for both laptops.720

Dell Inspiron 7720
Intel Core i7-3610QM running at 2.3Ghz
16GB 1600Mhz RAM Memory
256GB Samsung 850 PRO SSD Drive
1TB HDD
DVD Writer Drive
Genuine Windows 7 Professional Installed & Activated
4x USB 3.0 ports
HDMI Port
LAN Port
VGA Port
Headphone / Mic Ports

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Dell XPS L702X
Intel Core i7-2670QM running at 2.2Ghz
16GB RAM Memory
256 Crucial SSD Drive
500GB HDD
DVD Writer Drive
Genuine Windows 7 Installed & Activated
HDMI Port
JBL Speakers – (no crackling or anything)
MMC Memory Card Reader
3 USB Ports

Price for each is £300 including fully tracked delivery but OPEN to realistic offers. These are gaming machines which have not had much use except for when having to run SQL queries etc for work. They are a few years old but still in superb condition for their age.

More photos can be provided – I was just limited to uploading 10 on this advert.

Thanks for looking.

Price and currency: 300
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Payment method: BT
Location: High Wycombe
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For Sale – Dell XPS L702X

Hi everyone.

I am having to sell my tech as I’ve been given a new laptop from work so no longer need these.

Photos of both can be seen here and specs of both machine is as per below. Price is £300 for each laptop including fully tracked delivery with RoyalMail or ParcelForce24 not for both and chargers are included for both laptops.720

Dell Inspiron 7720
Intel Core i7-3610QM running at 2.3Ghz
16GB 1600Mhz RAM Memory
256GB Samsung 850 PRO SSD Drive
1TB HDD
DVD Writer Drive
Genuine Windows 7 Professional Installed & Activated
4x USB 3.0 ports
HDMI Port
LAN Port
VGA Port
Headphone / Mic Ports

————————————————————–
Dell XPS L702X
Intel Core i7-2670QM running at 2.2Ghz
16GB RAM Memory
256 Crucial SSD Drive
500GB HDD
DVD Writer Drive
Genuine Windows 7 Installed & Activated
HDMI Port
JBL Speakers – (no crackling or anything)
MMC Memory Card Reader
3 USB Ports

Price for each is £300 including fully tracked delivery but OPEN to realistic offers. These are gaming machines which have not had much use except for when having to run SQL queries etc for work. They are a few years old but still in superb condition for their age.

More photos can be provided – I was just limited to uploading 10 on this advert.

Thanks for looking.

Price and currency: 300
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: High Wycombe
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

______________________________________________________
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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

Dell XPS L702X

Hi everyone.

I am having to sell my tech as I’ve been given a new laptop from work so no longer need these.

Photos of both can be seen here and specs of both machine is as per below. Price is £300 for each laptop including fully tracked delivery with RoyalMail or ParcelForce24 not for both and chargers are included for both laptops.720

Dell Inspiron 7720
Intel Core i7-3610QM running at 2.3Ghz
16GB 1600Mhz RAM Memory
256GB Samsung 850 PRO SSD Drive
1TB HDD
DVD Writer Drive
Genuine Windows…

Dell XPS L702X

Dell Inspiron 7720 / Dell XPS L702X

Hi everyone.

I am having to sell my tech as I’ve been given a new laptop from work so no longer need these.

Photos of both can be seen here and specs of both machine is as per below. Price is £300 for each laptop including fully tracked delivery with RoyalMail or ParcelForce24 not for both and chargers are included for both laptops.720

Dell Inspiron 7720
Intel Core i7-3610QM running at 2.3Ghz
16GB 1600Mhz RAM Memory
256GB Samsung 850 PRO SSD Drive
1TB HDD
DVD Writer Drive
Genuine Windows…

Dell Inspiron 7720 / Dell XPS L702X

Dell Inspiron 7720 / Dell XPS L702X

Hi everyone.

I am having to sell my tech as I’ve been given a new laptop from work so no longer need these.

Photos of both can be seen here and specs of both machine is as per below. Price is £300 for each laptop including fully tracked delivery with RoyalMail or ParcelForce24 not for both and chargers are included for both laptops.720

Dell Inspiron 7720
Intel Core i7-3610QM running at 2.3Ghz
16GB 1600Mhz RAM Memory
256GB Samsung 850 PRO SSD Drive
1TB HDD
DVD Writer Drive
Genuine Windows…

Dell Inspiron 7720 / Dell XPS L702X

Dell Inspiron 7720 / Dell XPS L702X

Hi everyone.

I am having to sell my tech as I’ve been given a new laptop from work so no longer need these.

Photos of both can be seen here and specs of both machine is as per below. Price is £300 for each laptop including fully tracked delivery with RoyalMail or ParcelForce24 not for both and chargers are included for both laptops.720

Dell Inspiron 7720
Intel Core i7-3610QM running at 2.3Ghz
16GB 1600Mhz RAM Memory
256GB Samsung 850 PRO SSD Drive
1TB HDD
DVD Writer Drive
Genuine Windows…

Dell Inspiron 7720 / Dell XPS L702X

Dell Inspiron 7720 / Dell XPS L702X

Hi everyone.

I am having to sell my tech as I’ve been given a new laptop from work so no longer need these.

Photos of both can be seen here and specs of both machine is as per below. Price is £300 for each laptop including fully tracked delivery with RoyalMail or ParcelForce24 not for both and chargers are included for both laptops.720

Dell Inspiron 7720
Intel Core i7-3610QM running at 2.3Ghz
16GB 1600Mhz RAM Memory
256GB Samsung 850 PRO SSD Drive
1TB HDD
DVD Writer Drive
Genuine Windows…

Dell Inspiron 7720 / Dell XPS L702X