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SocialDice: Revolutionizing talent recruitment in the the Middle East 

For rapidly-growing, Middle Eastern small- to medium-sized businesses, hiring the best employees is a challenge. Both busy employers and ambitious talent find the existing job boards slow and cumbersome. In response, start-up SocialDice has made the process easy, intelligent, and fun by aggregating regional job boards in one place and using a proprietary smart algorithm...

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Try the Chef 'Super Human" lab: Automate an infrastructure 

The Azure team has created “Super Human” hands-on-labs that let you try popular open source technologies in the Azure Marketplace, including Hortonworks, Chef and Docker. This Chef lab is comprised of scenarios that will cover the setup of a Chef 12 Server in Azure, installing cookbooks and bootstrapping your choice of a either a Windows...

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Announcing SQL Server on Linux 

Today Microsoft announced plans to bring SQL Server to Linux, enabling SQL Server to deliver a consistent data platform across Windows Server and Linux, as well as on-premises and cloud. The core relational database capabilities are in private preview starting today, with mid-2017 as the target for availability of core relational database capabilities. “Bringing SQL Server...

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Improving airports using open source tools on Microsoft Azure 

One of the great understudied bottlenecks at airports is the time aircraft spend taxiing to and from the runway. Sandy Brownlee, PhD, a senior research assistant at the University of Stirling in Scotland, and Jason Atkin, assistant professor at the University of Nottingham, turned their computer science expertise toward this problem. Cloud computing is empowering the...

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Now on GitHub: Windows Azure Pack Connector 

Today the Microsoft IT team released the Windows Azure Pack Connector, a solution for Azure Pack, that provides a “single pane of glass” virtual machine (VM) administration experience, where users can create and manage both private cloud VMs and public Azure cloud subscriptions and VMs. The connector was developed based on feedback from partners, who...

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Microsoft to acquire Xamarin, a leader in mobile app development 

Yesterday, Microsoft announced an agreement to acquire Xamarin, a leading platform provider for mobile app development. In conjunction with Visual Studio, Xamarin provides a rich mobile development offering that enables developers to build mobile apps using C# and deliver fully native mobile app experiences to all major devices – including iOS, Android, and Windows. Recently...

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Becoming a Microsoft cloud partner: Part 2 

Guest Author: Ryszard Dałkowski, Exertum Independent IT2B consultant, trainer, the “Old Sweat” of IT industry. Delivers workshops and trainings on product and soft skills, as well as business remodeling workshops with cloud impact. Still deeply engaged in Microsoft open source projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Cloud computing enthusiast (for business and private use). Vice...

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Becoming a Microsoft cloud partner: Part 1 

Guest Author: Ryszard Dałkowski, Exertum Independent IT2B consultant, trainer, the “Old Sweat” of IT industry. Delivers workshops and trainings on product and soft skills, as well as business remodeling workshops with cloud impact. Still deeply engaged in Microsoft open source projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Cloud computing enthusiast (for business and private use). Vice...

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Now available: Azure Container Service preview 

In today’s cloud-first world, businesses increasingly rely on applications to fuel innovation and productivity. We are seeing more and more technologies that are specifically designed for the cloud to take advantage of the associated flexibility and scalability it allows. Containers are emerging as an attractive way for developers to quickly and efficiently build and deploy...

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux now available in the Azure Marketplace 

Starting today, customers can deploy on-demand Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) instances from the Azure Marketplace, where now more than 60% of the images are Linux-based. Since last November’s joint Red Hat partnership announcement, customers have been able to migrate their Red Hat subscriptions to Microsoft Azure. Today’s release provides customers with even greater choice...

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