Microsoft will allow clients — private and public sector — of the EU to process and store data in their region. The tech giant has scheduled to complete the work by end of next year for all of its cloud services — azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365. Microsoft, at present, owns and operates 15 data centers in 13 EU countries. This is a step back from its previous stand where it plans to challenge local govt regulation of not allowing their data to move out of their border.
Accenture has helped Mankind Pharma to accelerate its digital transformation journey by redesigning its finance, supply chain, sales, and procurement processes. SAP S/4HANA, a Microsoft Azure cloud-based data lake and Tableau dashboards was implemented to build a cloud-based platform that integrates data in real-time to provide a consolidated view to make informed decisions. The project was completed remotely with no impact on business continuity.
In the quarter ending March 31, a record $41.8 bn was spent on cloud computing services, said market tracker Canalys. Global spending on “cloud infrastructure services” was pegged around $11 bn. Amazon Web Services or AWS lead the market in the period with 32 % of the overall market share. It was followed by Microsoft’s Azure platform with 19 % of the market. Google Cloud had a 7 % market share. Each of them, however, saw their cloud businesses growing.
Rebel Foods is using Microsoft’s AI to automate the checking of kitchens for hygiene and COVID-19 protocols. AI-based video analysis solution Jarvis, built on Microsoft Azure, constantly monitors video feeds to check if the staff is wearing caps, gloves, and face masks, floor is clean, and food is cooked properly. Real-time action is taken if an issue is flaged. The feed is shared with customers to build trust, said Soumyadeep Barman, Co-founder & CPO of Rebel Foods.
Microsoft is offering three new Azure-specialisation courses on the learning platform Coursera. 1) Azure Fundamentals Specialization: provides a basic understanding of Azure cloud services and knowledge to build a cloud solution. 2) AI Fundamentals specialization: covers AI and ML, computer vision, NLP, and conversational AI. 3) Data Fundamentals specialization will be covering the roles and tasks involved in using Azure to store, process, manage and analyze data.
Microsoft has mitigated issues with Microsoft 365 services including Teams and Azure. “We have confirmed that the underlying DNS outage has been mitigated. Currently, we’re validating the recovery of the downstream Microsoft 365 services,” it said in a tweet. DNS is an address book of the internet that enables PCs to match website addresses with the correct server. Earlier, over 8,000 people reported issues with Teams workplace on Downdetector.
Microsoft has won a contract of $21.88 bn to sell the US. Army AR headsets based on HoloLens product and backed by Azure cloud computing services. The tech giant, for the last two years, has been working with the Army on the prototyping– called Integrated Visual Augmentation System. Now the project has moved into the production phase. The headsets will deliver enhanced situational awareness, enabling information sharing and decision-making.
Microsoft is rolling out a fix for the recovery of its services as users are facing access issues due to the publishing of a new update. The products affected include workplace messaging app Teams, Office 365, Exchange Online email, Azure cloud computing services etc. Over 26,000 people had reported issues with Teams, while 3,000 posted about problems with Office 365, and another 2,300 reported problems with Azure, as per Downdetector.
Microsoft along with its local Chinese partner 21Vianet is planning to open a new Azure region in an attempt to boost its cloud portfolio in China to increase in demand for the services. This move is likely to double the capacity of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud portfolio in China in the next few years. Microsoft has been collaborating with 21Vianet because foreign cloud service providers are prohibited from owning and operating their own datacentres in China.