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Monthly Industry Roundup: Cloud Technology News from December 2021

By WatServ

December 20, 2021

Here is a list of our top cloud technology news stories from the industry in December 2021.

New Satellite Connectivity and Geospatial Capabilities with Azure Space
December 9, 2021 | Tom Keane, Corporate Vice President, Azure Global, Microsoft Azure

Microsoft announced new partnerships and capabilities for Azure Space, saying “the power of extracting and leveraging data collected from space can transform entire industries and create new paradigms.”

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Extremely Critical Log4J Vulnerability Leaves Much of the Internet at Risk
December 10, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan

The Apache Software Foundation has released fixes to curb a zero-day vulnerability affecting the Apache Log4j Java-based logging library. Log4j is used as a logging package across a wide variety of software used by Amazon, Apple iCloud, Cisco, Tesla, Twitter, Minecraft and more.

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New Microsoft Teams Essentials is Built for Small Businesses
December 1, 2021 | Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365

Microsoft introduced Microsoft Teams Essentials, the first standalone offering of Teams geared for small businesses. With an affordable price point and all-in-one tools, Microsoft is making a move to better support small businesses from restaurants to retailers to professional services.

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Updates to Azure Files: NFS v4.1, higher performance limits, and reserved instance pricing
November 2, 2021 | Tom Warren

Microsoft released several updates to Azure Files, making NFS v4.1 shares now generally available and improving the performance of file shares. They also announced that all premium file shares can now take advantage of reserved instances pricing discounts.

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