Try the Bitnami 'Super Human' lab 

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This week the Azure team released another ‘Super Human‘ challenge. In this latest lab, participants will learn how to launch and deploy the Bitnami Parse Server stack within Microsoft Azure and upon completing the lab, choose between a Crazyflie 2.0 mini drone or an Azure Pass. The Bitnami Parse Server stack now includes a dashboard Read more

Cloudera on Azure: resources and updates 

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Microsoft is continuously working to make Azure the best cloud platform for big data, including Apache Hadoop. In order to make this happen, Microsoft delivers a comprehensive set of solutions such as the Hadoop-based solution Azure HDInsight and managed data services from partners, including Hortonworks and Cloudera. Cloudera is recognized as a leader in the Read more

Microsoft Azure gets top billing at premiere performing arts venue 

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Adelaide Festival Centre is South Australia’s principal performing arts venue and presenter of dance, theatre, music and exhibitions. It is a leading Asia Pacific cultural center, producing four international festivals, hosting 1,813 events and attracting more than 980,000 patrons annually. Billed as Australia’s first multi-purpose arts center opening back in 1973—three months before the Sydney Read more

Microsoft Research announces winners of the Open Source Challenge 

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In February, Microsoft Research announced an Open Source Challenge for students who want to solve interesting science or societal problems using open source technologies. Applicants utilized one of the more than fifty Microsoft Research open source projects that span the range of computer science, from artificial intelligence and visualization to cryptography and programming models. Interest Read more

Red Hat on Azure: Resources and Updates 

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Ever since the partnership announcement between Red Hat and Microsoft came about, we’ve been creating and collating various resources for users. This page will be used as a repository for such resources and other relevant information. By using Red Hat on Azure, you can get the best of both worlds. You can add the power Read more

How the Microsoft-Red Hat partnership is accelerating partner opportunities 

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Last week at the Red Hat North America Partner Conference (NAPC), Microsoft and Red Hat celebrated our growing partnership. From running Red Hat Enterprise Linux in Azure to Microsoft .NET apps on Red Hat’s OpenShift, partners were excited about our joint offering and how it can deliver value for their customers. During the event, Mark Hill, Microsoft VP Read more

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Open Source at Build 2016 

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Microsoft shared a number of developments and projects at Build 2016 that highlighted Microsoft Azure as the best environment for developers to build intelligent applications across any device or OS. Some of these highlights as announced by Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of the Cloud and Enterprise Group, include the following: Developers can now easily Read more

Bash on Ubuntu on Windows 

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At Build 2016, Microsoft announced a series of updates reflecting the company’s commitment to support developers with their favorite tools, frameworks, and platforms, including open source technologies. One announcement welcomed by developers was the ability to run native Bash on Ubuntu on Windows. Based on feedback that developers would like Microsoft to make it easier to Read more


Now available in preview: R Server inside Azure HDInsight 

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This week at Strata + Hadoop World, Microsoft announced the availability of R Server inside Azure HDInsight, Microsoft’s managed Hadoop-as-a-service part of Azure Data Lake. R is a very popular programming language that helps millions of data scientists solve their most challenging problems in fields ranging from computational biology to quantitative marketing. R Server for Read more

SocialDice: Revolutionizing talent recruitment in the the Middle East 

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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 Read more

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

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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 Read more