Author: Sarah Wallace

Microsoft Azure Quantum is now available for public preview allowing developers and researchers in all industries to experiment with the quantum computing platform. The preview is to help launch the quantum computing service as well as spur innovation in a variety of fields.
Microsoft has announced the launch of Microsoft Cloud for Retail at NRF 2021, adding to the roster of the big cloud players’ vertical-specific platforms. The announcement highlights Microsoft’s focus on and commitment to helping brands enable ‘intelligent retail.’
In exciting news from CES 2021, Verizon chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg, announced the company is placing massive amounts of computing power right at the edge of its 5G network and partnering with Microsoft and AWS on the deployment of its Mobile Edge Compute (MEC) concept. This effort is part of a collective effort to fuel smart city development and other innovation.
Red Hat buys cloud startup StackRox. This is the company’s first deal since the IBM acquisition in 2019 and focuses on bolstering Red Hat’s OpenShift Kubernetes and hybrid cloud capabilities.
HPE accelerates mainstream adoption of HPC as a service through HPE GreenLake. This is a smart move by the vendor who is trying to bring HPC to the masses and make it more accessible to enterprises of all sizes.
In a continued evolution in the partnership between the two companies, Siemens selected AWS cloud to support its Smart Infrastructure business unit’s SAP workloads. The partnership will enable the Siemens’ business unit to save on costs and run ERP and supply chain management more efficiently for its customers.
I enjoyed the Travel Track presented at this week’s AWS re:Invent, particularly the customer success story shared by Star Alliance. In this example, Star Alliance shared how the agility of AWS’s cloud service has helped the Alliance navigate the global pandemic in a time where the travel industry has been upended like never before.
Microsoft adds Teams App integration for video meetings making it easier to access third-party apps without interruption. Microsoft joins Zoom in an effort to make video collaboration and communications easier.
Dell, Switch and FedEx collaborate to build technology hubs that support multicloud and hybrid environments for edge processing. These hubs will operate on Switch’s edge modular data centers that are deployed on FedEx real estate, with Dell providing server hardware and managed services. FedEx will also be the first consumer of these services.
A New HPE GreenLake VDI cloud services provide solutions optimized for each type of remote worker and leverages technology partnerships with Citrix, Nutanix, NVIDIA, and VMware.
AWS gets the greenlight for another data center campus in Northern Virginia to accommodate the booming cloud business.
Google Cloud and Nokia strike a five-year cloud deal where Nokia plans to fully migrate its on-premise IT infrastructure to Google Cloud. This is a significant telecom win for Google and reaffirms the trend of the major cloud players’ focusing on industry verticals.