Microsoft ends updates for Windows 7/8.1 on new processors. Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs running Intel’s processors Kaby Lake, AMD’s processors Bristol Ridge and Qualcomm’s 8996 processors will not be available to scan or download updates from Windows Update any longer. Microsoft explained the move as an attempt to focus on the deep integration between Windows and new silicon generations. It is still unknown how many Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users will be affected. One thing for sure is, mainstream support for Windows 7 and its extended support ends in January 14th, 2020 and for Windows 8 ends in January 10th, 2023.
OVH US names Russell P. Reeder president and CEO. Reeder once worked as the CEO of Media Temple and left the company in 2016, following its successful integration with GoDaddy and co-founded civic engagement app iccitizen. He is reported to join Dean Gels on the US Board of Directors and jointly lead OVH US in its launch of cloud services for the domestic market. Apparently, the traditional leader in cloud and hosting services across Europe is seeking to accelerate expansion in other markets through a combination of true technology differentiation and proven leadership.
Interoute announced a launch of managed container platform after an integration of its global cloud infrastructure platform with Rancher’s open source container management platform. Due to that, Interoute’s enterprise developers are able to have containers deployed in any of its 17 global cloud zones, remarkably improving the development as well as launch time for new software or applications. According to a research made by Rightscale, as with cloud practices getting mature, a growing number of DevOps and use of container technology are growing at enterprises in recent years.
IBM is going to hire 2,000 US military veterans over the next four years. Many of the positions are new collar jobs, meaning that people with no four-year college degree can apply for it. The announcement was rolled out after IBM CEO Ginni Rometty having a meeting with President Donald Trump. As part of the announcement, IBM promises to hire another 23,000 U.S. workers through 2020.
Microsoft said the Azure storage issues happened on Wednesday was caused by two incidents. The global incident, which was defined as a storage provisioning problem by Azure, was caused by a software error and mitigated as of 0:00 on Thursday. The incident made customers unavailable to provisioning new resources, using Visual Studio Team Services Build, and turning on Azure Monitor diagnostics. And the US East incident was caused by the unavailability of one Storage cluster because of power loss. Many Azure services were affected during the outage. Fortunately, both incidents didn’t cause great losses and panic among customers.