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Microsoft and Walmart Team Up to Take on Amazon

Amazon.com may be the 800-pound gorilla in retail, but Walmart and Microsoft aren't afraid of a fight.

At Microsoft's Inspire partner conference, the companies announced a five-year strategic partnership in which the retailer will use Microsoft's cloud services across a wide range of its functions to drive innovation.

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Hurricane Irma Teaches Lessons in Disaster Recovery

Rayanne Buchianico, an accountant and owner of ABC Solutions, discovered that her business continuity plan could use a few improvements, namely cloud services, in the midst of Hurricane Irma.

She and her partner run a two-person consulting firm out of their home in Clearwater, Fla. Before the hurricane’s arrival, they put their server and pets in their car and evacuated. But when they returned home, the power was out.

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