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  • Blog Post: Private, Hybrid, Public: What Cloud Keeps Your Organization Connected?

    Which cloud service is right for my organization? Microsoft prides itself in providing three base offerings of cloud services: Private, Hybrid and Public. All three have their advantages and so organizations must do their due diligence to ensure the best fitting option is chosen. Ensuring the right...
  • Blog Post: Tame Your Organization’s Infrastructure Via Free Microsoft Courseware

    Knowledge has always been an IT Professionals best weapon.  A statement made many a time, but IT Professional knowledge actually breaks down into two parts: studied and practical. Both parts are symbiotic, like ying and yang, as practical knowledge requires studied knowledge to flourish.  Certification...
  • Blog Post: TechDays 2011: Security, Identity and Management…Oh Yeah!

    TechDays is THE conference for technical training in Canada and it’ll be hitting these cities on these dates: October 25-26: Toronto November 15-16: Vancouver November 29-30: Montreal This year I’m putting together the speakers and sessions for the security, identity and management track. It’s going...
  • Blog Post: Creating and Managing a Private Cloud: free 2 day online training

    You may already be well versed on Windows server 2008 and Hyper-V and you may already be running a component or two of the System Center suite, but do you know how to put it all together to to build out, manage and operate a private cloud? Join this free 2 day online Jump Start course designed for IT...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and the Private Cloud

    Guest blog post by Jerry Dyer, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft - a man very passionate about private cloud and the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF). Thanks, Jerry! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- If you’ve ever felt frustrated because Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring the Almighty App

    While those of us in server and network infrastructure may sometimes look down on our developer colleagues because, after all, without us their applications wouldn’t have anything to run on, in truth it’s really all about the app. Without applications, there wouldn’t be a need for our servers, desktops...
  • Blog Post: Care for a coffee with your System Center 2012 download?

    The upcoming System Center 2012 product line is arguably one of the most anticipated releases of the coming year for many IT professionals and a slow month like December is the perfect time for you and your team to download the free pre-release products and start playing around with the latest features...
  • Blog Post: On the Next AlignIT Manager Tech Talk: The Complete Cloud Picture–Stories from the Trenches

    As children we are enthralled by the stories that we hear. Stories teach us and fire our imaginations to what is possible in this world. And as adults, we’re not much different. It’s one thing to hear about a process, product or idea, but hearing the story of the trials and triumphs that accompanied...
  • Blog Post: Psst…wanna know some product vision and roadmap secrets?

    It often helps when planning to have a roadmap and when planning your IT infrastructure it helps to know the Microsoft product roadmap. If you want to know what our vision and roadmap is over the next while, then block off the morning of February 22 in your calendar and register using the links below...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud part 3: VMware private cloud and per-VM licensing

    A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own commentary...
  • Blog Post: Are you ready for the cloud conversation?

    In the midst of hopping around websites looking for something else, I came across this which I just had to share. It’s an online event called Cloud 101 Jump Start and it’s for business leaders and technical decision makers in organizations to prepare them to have the conversations they know are coming...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #10: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

    There’s no denying that virtualization has transformed our datacentres and redefined how we do IT, giving us more capacity and savings. Now, private cloud capabilities take us one step further providing the agility IT needs to truly provide IT as a service. The beauty of a private cloud is that it takes...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #9: Your Enterprise on the Go

    Earlier this year, there was a post on this blog about the change that’s happening within organizations and how employees are bringing technology from home to make themselves more productive at work. IT departments are scrambling to support these devices and keep workers productive, while figuring out...
  • Blog Post: AlignIT IT Manager Podcast #42–Virtualization with Jeff Woolsey

    Last week when my colleague Jonathan Rozenblit and I were at TechDays Toronto , we had the opportunity to sit down with Jeff Woolsey, the Principal Program Manager Lead for Windows Server Virtualization at Microsoft. During our chat we talk about virtualization (of course!), but we also discuss managing...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise On the “Glance and Go”

    Guest post by Paul Laberge , Developer Advisor, Microsoft Canada There is a sea change happening in the enterprise today – employees are deciding to bring the technology they are comfortable using at home to work and using it to be productive. Many people call this the Consumerization of IT , and in...
  • Blog Post: Welcome and Thank You for Your Time...

    Good morning Everyone. By way of introduction my name is Jeff Ewin and this is officially my first blog post here on the ‘Because It’s Everybody’s Business’ blog. Ok…make that my first Blog post ever! I guess I’ll start with a very brief introduction on what I do and why i'm here blogging on the BIEB...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud part 2: unlimited virtualization rights

    A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own commentary...
  • Blog Post: Managing Your Virtual World

    “Virtualization without management is more dangerous than not using virtualization in the first place.” ~ Tom Bittman, Gartner VP & Analyst There are many good things about using virtualization in your infrastructure: consolidation of physical servers flexibility to respond to business needs time...
  • Blog Post: On the Next Manager Tech Talk: The Complete Cloud Picture–a Gamut of Choice

    Last November, Jonathan and I were thrilled to have Mary Jo Foley on our show. Mary Jo is an industry expert and well known tech journalist with over 25 years of experience. We talked about the Future of IT and found Mary Jo to be a great guest who was able to share valuable insights into the IT industry...
  • Blog Post: Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon…with Microsoft Private Cloud

    These days around the Microsoft Canada office and particularly in my little corner of the world, everyone is laser focused on getting IT folks downloading, learning and certified on Microsoft technologies…specifically private cloud technologies. And just to give you a bit of incentive, we’ve come up...
  • Blog Post: On the next Manager Tech Talk: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

    (Photo credit Eric Willfong ) The private cloud scenario sounds like the perfect solution – take many of the highly desired characteristics of a public cloud such as resource pooling, self-service, elasticity and pay-per-use service and bring them in-house under the control of your own IT organization...
  • Blog Post: Visiting Montreal for AlignIT, Smoked Meat, and More

    I landed in Montreal a few hours ago for what I hope will be a very exciting week.  I love the city, not only because it is the place that hosts the Canadian Grand Prix every June (and since the F1 season kicked off in Australia this past weekend, I am looking forward to the F1 circus landing in...