At BUILD 2013 and TechEd before that, we started to layout the our Cloud OS Vision and what it means for IT Professionals. We thought it will be useful to summarize some of the new updates into a separate post. This post was authored by Aviraj Ajgekar, an IT Evangelist on the Technical Evangelism team.


We always like to hear from our technical audience about what they like, what they love hear. In this blog post I would like to highlight some of the activities that we do here in India for IT Pro audience broadly targeting System Administrators, Datacenter Administrators working on Infrastructure side of the world.

Cloud OS Vision

When we talk about Windows Infrastructure we broadly categorize the workload in Private Cloud & Public Cloud infrastructure.

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So what comprises Microsoft’s Cloud OS for servers? What is powering this?

At the heart of the Cloud OS is Windows

Windows Azure is our public cloud service, and comes with a rich set of services including SQL database services.

Windows Server 2012 is at the core of the Cloud OS for  on-premises datacenters and service providers. To deliver on the full capabilities of the Cloud OS, you also need SQL Server and Windows Azure Data Services, System Center and Visual Studio.

Collectively the Cloud OS is designed to work together to deliver a consistent and modern platform for apps and data. In the coming blog posts we will these technologies in much more elaborated manner as we have broad range of public cloud offerings covering Office 365, Windows Intune & more.

Why should I really care?

In the recent timeframe we have started seeing the shift happening from the traditional infrastructure to Virtualization era in the last few years. And now the organizations & businesses are moving towards cloud infrastructure. We see that the next generation modern apps are always on running 24/7 with access needed from anywhere on any devices in the world. We started seeing Consumerization of IT or BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) where the tablets & the mobile devices are being extremely common. Users are expected to be productive by using those devices wherever they are, whenever they want. Technology is changing rapidly & to keep up with these changes, we make sure that the technical professionals should be always up to date & ready to tackle these business challenges.

There are various ways through which we reach out to you all to deliver the best in class Microsoft solutions. I would like to highlight few of them over here...

· Microsoft Technical Communities – User Groups

· IT Camps

· Webcasts

· Social Media – Blog, Twitter & Facebook

· TechDays & TechEd India

What’s coming? Where can I try all these new technologies?

I would like to share some of the few products we announced during TechEd & BUILD conference week.

Last week during TechEd Europe 2013 we announced availability of the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 previews.  You can download these products right now from the evaluation center.

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 provide a wealth of new advancements to help IT organizations build and deliver private and hybrid cloud infrastructure for their businesses. And With the preview release of the Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server, we will extend the capabilities so it does more for service providers while also making it available to enterprises.

Last but not least during BUILD 2013 conference we also announced Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 brings together everything you do – from new mobile apps for your business, to Office productivity work, to searching and browsing, to accessing all your data from anywhere.

This post is just an introduction post to all of our IT Professionals. This is just the glimpse of what’s coming. We will cover each & every technology with full depth in the upcoming blog posts for you all.

Thank you for valuable your time & look forward for interesting times ahead. If you have any questions/queries feel free to reach out to us through our blog contact option.