Business Insights Newsletter Article | July 2014
JULY 2014
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Azure Media Services Tops Podium for Broadcasters & Enterprises
NBC Sports relies on Microsoft Azure to manage their biggest events. Find out why and what this means to the developing trend of media in the cloud.

When asked what Azure is designed for, many companies immediately respond with "storage" or "test/development". While the fan-base for Azure is enthusiastic, there is still limited knowledge around some very powerful functionality available for the enterprise today - Azure Media Services.

What Do We Mean by Media Services?

Scalable Components for Building Custom Media Workflows in the Cloud

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With the phenomenal growth of premium broadcast content delivered to multiple consumer devices, Azure Media Services provides end-to-end media workflows in the cloud with cost effective and ready to use encoding, packaging, and distribution services. Additionally, the growth in popularity of video as a corporate tool means busy organizations are looking for ways to simplify and streamline distribution, management, and storage for this emerging enterprise workload.

What is Azure Media Services?

Whether you are a professional broadcaster or simply an organization who needs to ensure quality of service to your intended audience, the functional requirements to manage your media strategy are similar and usually only differentiated by scale or volume.

Azure Media Services has been deliberately designed as a "pay-as-you-need" platform for distributing content to any screen, device and network. Common use cases include live and on demand streaming of premium content by large broadcasters, digital agencies leveraging Azure Media Services to manage and publish digital marketing campaigns, and enterprise-wide communications and training.

NBC Sports Delivers Gold Performance

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Did you catch the 2014 Olympics in Sochi? NBC Sports used Azure Media Services to publish and stream all 98 events featuring more than 10,000 hours of streaming coverage and serving millions of viewers across a variety devices and platforms.

NBC Sports Group relies on Microsoft Azure to deliver services across NBC Sports' digital platforms, including, and Azure Media Services provides both live-streaming and on-demand viewing services for more than 10,000 hours of games and events on devices, such as smartphones, tablets and PCs, enabling sports fans to be able to relive or catch up on their favorite events and highlights.

Want just the facts? Get the numbers on Sochi, learn why ignoring video is bad for business and sign up for your own free Azure trial.
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Gartner recognizes Microsoft as a Cloud Leader/
Did you know Gartner has named Microsoft as a Leader in its 2014 Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Magic Quadrant report? This comes on the heels of Gartner recognizing Microsoft as a Leader in the Enterprise Application Platform as a Service (aPaaS) market in its 2014 Enterprise aPaaS Magic Quadrant - making Microsoft the only public cloud vendor to be named a Leader for both PaaS and IaaS as of May 2014. More than 57 percent of the Fortune 500, including Toyota, NBC Sports and Avanade, and startups like, Fuphie LLC and LiquidSpace are discovering 'the power of and' with Microsoft Azure. Learn more about what 'and' can do for you from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Group, Microsoft.
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Get faster insights with SQL Server 2014/
Discover how SQL Server 2014 can drive big data insights to build high-performance, mission-critical applications and business intelligence solutions that help employees make better decisions, faster. Deploy SQL Server 2014 on-premises or in the cloud on Microsoft Azure - all managed through a common and familiar tool set - System Center.
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Webinar: Building a Mobility Strategy that Works
Did you know that 1 out of 3 employees is completely mobile? And that 1 out of 2 employees report they are expected to get work done no matter where they are? In today's mobile first, cloud first world, people want and demand faster, uninterrupted services and the freedom to work virtually anywhere, anytime, and from a variety of devices. To address the demand and maximize employee productivity, businesses are investing in technology solutions to mobilize their workforce in a compliant manner.

Get ahead of these trends by learning more about the comprehensive business mobility and device management solutions that allow you to confidently embrace a new era of IT and to do more across a diverse range of devices. Join Microsoft business leaders for a rich panel discussion with live Q&A to explore these topics and to learn how you can innovate your business, seize the mobile opportunity and delight your users - all while enabling users to work safely and securely from the device of their choice.
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The power of comprehensive machine learning with the benefits of cloud/
Joseph Sirosh, Corporate Vice President of Machine Learning at Microsoft, recently announced the release of Azure Machine Learning public preview in July. Together with Microsoft's data platform, customers will be able to create entirely new solutions that bring together big data insights, the Internet of things and predictive analytics. Check out the video to learn more about our journey to deliver machine learning with all of the benefits of cloud computing for every organization.
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