5 must read cloud stories for March 17

Microsoft’s cloud, social, analytics announcements

A slew of updates to core enterprise products including Dynamics, Office, Skype, and Azure were announced by Microsoft Corp. as the company pitched its software solutions and cloud offerings for business on the strength of its experience making consumer products.

At Microsoft Convergence, CEO Satya Nadella alluded to how the mainframe era saw the beginning of computers put to use in business, then the extension of computing throughout the enterprise thanks to the client-server model of delivery.

Find out the latest updates to Microsoft products here

Adobe comes out with Document Cloud

The Document Cloud is a set of integrated services that uses a consistent online profile and personal document hub for users to help them manage critical documents from various devices whether in the office or at home.

Adobe is casting the spotlight on the latest version of Acrobat DC which comes with Document Cloud. Acrobat DC comes with free e-signing tool based on Adobe EchoSign and optical character recognition technology as well.

Document Cloud allows people to create, review, approve, sign and track documents on a desktop or mobile device.

Read more here 

Can you become a cloud storage tycoon with Google’s Nearline?

Google recently launched in cloud storage service Nearline, which costs 40 per cent lower than its standard online storage price.

Tech writer Robert X. Cringely believes that’s probably low enough to help him start his own cloud storage business for large files.

Why is Google pricing Nearline storage so low? Is cloud storage pricing on its way to zero?

Find out more here

China activist using U.S. cloud providers

Cloud services operated by the likes Akamai Technologies, Amazon.com and Microsoft are traditionally used by businesses to store their corporate data in remote servers, however, activists are now using the same services to circumvent Chinese government online censorship.

Activist outside China say they are masking Internet traffic (such as those from Facebook and Twitter) banned by Beijing by tunneling the traffic through cloud servers run by major U.S. companies.

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Microsoft Azure customized for Internet of things

Azure IoT Suite is being designed by Microsoft to handle large amounts od Data from up to billions of end devices.

With a set of orchestrating tools, individual Azure services can be used to store and analyze data and repackage them for other applications.

Microsoft has not revealed what specific Azure tools will be included in the package but the offering will be built on Azure Intelligent Systems Service.

More here

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