Microsoft unveils cloud data service, analytics platform, new database

Microsoft's (MSFT) new Azure Intelligent Systems Service allows companies to capture and manage machine data from various embedded devices and sensors, regardless of the OS they use. The service aims to enable Web-connected embedded platforms in verticals such as retail, health, manufacturing, and transportation.

IT outsourcing firms Cognizant and Infosys are among Microsoft's service partners. Intel and ARM are already going after this market by via solutions that combine their CPU designs with related software.

Microsoft is also unveiling its Analytics Platform System, a hardware appliance (to be sold by OEMs) that allows data handled by SQL Server's data warehousing solution (used to process/analyze structured data) and the Hadoop big data framework (used for giant unstructured datasets) to be integrated and jointly queried.

Satya Nadella calls the solution "big data in a box." Teradata (TDC) and Informatica (INFA) are among the companies in Microsoft's crosshairs.

SQL Server 2014 has also been launched. As promised, the latest update to Microsoft's database platform (produces $5B+/year in sales) features in-memory capabilities that arguably make it a meaningful rival to SAP's popular Hana in-memory database.

While going over the products, Nadella declares Microsoft needs to create a "data culture" to thrive, in part by using its own products. "Think of Office as the canvas, or the surface area, or the scaffolding from which you can access the data."

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  • wil3714
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    WOW Azure is going to price so many companies out of the market based on its premium advantages. No one can touch them @ scale and usability right now.
    15 Apr 2014, 07:31 PM Reply Like
  • David653
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    wow Microsoft is also entering the health care sector as well as Apple and iOS. I have noticed that Blackberry is also entering this market also. Competition in this field will kill Blackberry.
    16 Apr 2014, 02:56 PM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    I don't know if this is the ticket of course, but MSFT is doing the right thing to bolster the inevitable decline in the personal (or whatever it's called now) division's rev.
    15 Apr 2014, 08:09 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    SQL Server 2014 is great and will enable even more BI and Big data applications. However, Microsoft's new Cortana assistant in Windows Phone 8,1 can bring back Clippy if you know what question to ask and that's real intelligence.

    16 Apr 2014, 01:20 AM Reply Like
  • DougRk
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    @techy, re: Clippy. Forgot about that guy! Blast from the past.
    16 Apr 2014, 10:48 AM Reply Like
  • InmanRoshi
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    Queue the CEO cult of personality "analysts" claiming the MSFT programmers were able to accomplish all of this in the few months since Nadella took over
    16 Apr 2014, 10:35 AM Reply Like
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