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CMA looks deeper into Microsoft’s AI hirings

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has begun an initial investigation of Microsoft latest attempt to build out its artificial intelligence (AI ) strategy. In March, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced the company had hired Inflection AI’s co-founders Mustafa Suleyman and Karén Simonyan, with Simonyan also being the startup’s chief scientist.  At the time, Nadella…

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How Howdens used GenAI to power app user experience

Howdens, which supplies kitchens to tradespeople, has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered app to provide technical knowledge. Chip uses Microsoft’s generative AI (GenAI) technologies, including Azure OpenAI Service, Azure Cosmos DB, Azure AI Search and Applied AI Services. Chip has been designed to provide Howdens’ trade customers with the information they need to do…

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Microsoft and CISPE’s settlement in long-running cloud antitrust dispute proves controversial

The Cloud Infrastructure Service Providers in Europe (CISPE) trade body stands accused of selling its members down the river, after agreeing a $22m deal to withdraw its long-standing anti-trust complaint against Microsoft. The pair have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that commits Microsoft to making an enhanced version of its Azure Stack HCI offering…

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Microsoft and Google’s GHG emissions gains call viability of net-zero targets into question

The financial results of the world’s biggest three hyperscale cloud companies have seen Amazon, Google and Microsoft all credit growing customer demand for artificial intelligence (AI) services for boosting their respective profit, revenue and market share totals. The downside to this growth, particularly where Google and Microsoft are concerned, is that it appears to be…

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Trends in the cloud database market

The cloud holds a large – and growing – percentage of enterprise data. While much of this growth comes from unstructured information, such as documents and media files, enterprises also still depend on structured data, stored in databases.   The global market for databases grew by 12.8% last year, according to analysts at Gartner, and…

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UK data regulator should investigate police cloud deployments

Scottish biometrics commissioner Brian Plastow is calling for the UK data regulator to formally investigate whether Police Scotland’s cloud-based Digital Evidence Sharing Capability (DESC) is compliant with data protection laws, after Microsoft disclosed it cannot guarantee the sovereignty of UK policing data hosted in the Azure public cloud. Plastow told Computer Weekly the Microsoft disclosure,…

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Security in the public cloud explained: A guide for IT and security admins

Who is responsible for security in the public cloud? This is a question businesses need to consider as they increasingly deploy more workloads and use cloud-based IT infrastructure, platform services and applications. In Gartner’s How to make integrated IaaS and PaaS more secure than your own data center report, analysts discuss the benefits of adopting…

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Podcast: Storage for AI needs scale, hybrid cloud and multiple integrations

In this podcast, we look at artificial intelligence (AI) and data storage with Grant Caley, UK and Ireland solutions director for NetApp. He talks about the need for storage scalability and performance, as well as hybrid cloud, access to all three hyperscalers, and the ability to move, copy and clone data for wrangling prior to…

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Police Scotland did not consult ICO about high-risk cloud system

Police Scotland chose not to consult the data regulator before deploying its cloud-based digital evidence-sharing system, despite identifying a number of “high risks” with the data processing, freedom of information (FOI) disclosures have revealed. The disclosures also show that although the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) had previously been informed of the risks and acknowledged them,…

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SAP public cloud migration requires architectural rethink

While almost three-quarters (74%) of in-progress SAP S/4HANA implementation projects are being deployed on public clouds, analyst Gartner has urged IT leaders to avoid simply mirroring their on-premise setups in the cloud. Gartner’s Top practices for deploying SAP S/4HANA in the public cloud report identifies several benefits of public cloud deployments, including the ability to…

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