AWS continued to lead the cloud service provider in Q4 2020, accounting for 31% of the total spend. The global Cloud infrastructure market spending increased 32% to reach $39.9 bn in the quarter, said research firm Canalys. Total global expenditure was over $3 bn higher than the last quarter and nearly $10 bn more than Q4 2019. Microsoft’s Azure was at number two spot with 20 % of the market share while Google Cloud was the third largest with 7% share.
Microsoft has confirmed malicious software in its systems which are linked to a massive hacking campaign discovered by the US govt officials earlier this week. The tech giant is also a user of Orion, SolarWinds widely deployed networking management software which was used in the alleged Russian attacks on key USA govt agencies. The hackers, as per reports, also made use of Microsoft cloud offerings Azure while avoiding its corporate infrastructure.
Microsoft announced the general availability of Azure Hybrid Benefit solution for Linux customers in India. IT helps enterprises “seamlessly” migrate to on-premises Windows Server and SQL Server licenses, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server virtual machines to Microsoft Azure. Azure Hybrid Benefit solution enables cost reduction by converting existing pay-as-you-go virtual machines to bring-your-own-subscription billing.
Microsoft has awarded $374K in bug bounties to security researchers who spotted bugs in Azure Sphere which itself offers high-end security for cloud-connected IoT devices. 70 cybersecurity researchers from 21 countries surfaced 20 critical security vulnerabilities in Azure Sphere. This year, Microsoft announced 6 new bug bounty programmes and 2 new research grants, receiving 1,226 vulnerability reports from 327 security researchers
FanPlay, sports IoT platform has paired up with Microsoft to use the company’s cloud platform Azure and provide a seamless experience for users. The integration of advanced wearables technologies and Azure’s deep analytics and cloud in FanPlay IoT will enable users to experience fitness activities and sports in a more interactive manner. FanPlayIoT has deployed its platform during the IPL this year to augment engagement for the fans of CSK.
Nutanix has partnered Microsoft to deliver a single software stack across public and private clouds, resulting in increased agility, streamlined operations and significant cloud savings. Both companies will focus on extending Nutanix hybrid cloud infra to Azure. Their solution will enable customers to run hybrid workloads seamlessly across private and public cloud, without needing to rearchitect their apps. It will also reduce cloud management costs.
Tech M has launched its dedicated ‘Microsoft Business Unit’ that’ll develop enterprise cloud solutions using Microsoft platforms to meet customer needs. This move demonstrates Tech M’s commitment towards enhancing cloud offerings for its customers, while also bolstering collaboration with Microsoft. The unit will have a CoE to provide solutions across Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft 365; will use Tech M’s digital expertise and 2500 professionals.
IBM is focusing on expanding its leadership in the cloud-computing space. The US-based tech major, following in CEO Arvind Krishna’s ‘cloud-first’ strategy, is planning to work with the enterprise as well as government customers to offer end-to-end cloud services; gaining a competitive edge against rivals – AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure. Last month, IBM committed to increasing investments in India to help govt boost skill-development of the country.