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Microsoft Azure Announces Big Cloud News, Join Dell-EMC On Hybrid Cloud & Team Up With SAP On Big IT Event [VIDEO]

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Microsoft and US-based tech giant Dell EMC are making some big cloud partnership this week. The two tech giants have launched a new hybrid cloud platform offering for businesses that have hybrid clouds based on Microsoft Azure Stack. The two made the big cloud announcement this week.

The Massachusetts-based company Dell EMC this week introduced a new hybrid cloud platform that will meld Microsoft's Azure infrastructure-as-a-service with data centers and hybrid cloud deployments. The newly created Dell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack will give companies a simple and faster way for implementing and sustaining a hybrid cloud based on Microsoft Azure Stack, the ZDnet reported.

The new cloud offerings will build on Dell EMC PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC Networking. Additionally, the new cloud platform will also integrate Dell EMC backup and encryption technologies. The aim of this newly created hybrid cloud platform is to automate infrastructure for companies planning to standardize on Microsoft Azure, and also to lower costs and increase productivity.

According to Microsoft, the Dell-EMC for Microsoft Azure Stack will leverage Dell EMC PowerEdge R730XD and PowerConnect switches. The new platform will deliver a consistent experience to companies who used Azure public and private cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack. The consistent experience gives customers what Dell EMC describes as a "true hybrid cloud offering.

As for the availability, the Dell-EMC for Microsoft Azure Stack will be made available in the second half of this year, pricing will be followed later. The Dell-EMC for Microsoft Azure will be preloaded on servers from Dell EMC, HPE, Lenovo, and Cisco.

Based in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, Dell EMC is a US-based multinational corporation that specializes in data storage, information security, virtualization, analytics, cloud computing and other products and services. It market customers includes large companies and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) across various vertical markets.

In other Microsoft Azure-related news, Microsoft has just announced on the official Microsoft Azure Twitter account that it will join the upcoming the 2017 SAPPHIRENOW ASUG annual conference, which will take May 16 to May 18 in Orlando, Florida.

The SAP-hosted event will be 3 days of intense strategy, networking, and education discussion on SAP applications, platform, and services. The SAP Cloud Platform team will be hosting the said big IT event. For more information about the 2017 SAPPHIRENOW event, check out the SAP recent blog post.

In addition to the SAP-hosted event, Microsoft Azure has also announced on Twitter the public preview of the 1400 compatibility level for tabular models in Azure Analysis Services. This will result in a host of new connectivity and modeling features for comprehensive, enterprise-scale analytic solutions delivering actionable insights, the company posted on Microsoft Azure website.

Microsoft said that that 1400 compatibility level will be made available in SQL Server 2017 Analysis Services. For more about this latest offering on Azure Analysis Services, check out the Microsoft Azure website.

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