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Dell announces hardware support for Storage Spaces in Windows Server
On Tuesday, Dell announced hardware support for Storage Spaces in Windows Server, which will help more customers take advantage of the performance and availability of virtualized storage with Windows Server. The Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Team writes in a blog post that the move reflects...
11 Feb 2014
Partners: Upcoming SMB Live Events cover best cloud practices and expanding your portfolio
To help their small and medium business customers utilize the latest technology to do more for less, upcoming SMB Live events give partners cutting-edge technical, sales and marketing information and resources. The Expand Your Portfolio and Get in the Cloud events may be coming to a city near you, where...
5 Feb 2014
Interoperability protocols plugfest set for March 25-27 in Taiwan
The Microsoft interoperability teams are hosting their next plugfest in Taipei, Taiwan on March 25-27, with the free event covering a broad range of topics including Windows Server, Office, and SQL Server and open protocols. “A critical aspect of Microsoft product development is an ecosystem...
30 Jan 2014
RCS MediaGroup uses Office 365 and other Microsoft technology to modernize its communications
RCS MediaGroup , a global Italian multimedia publishing company, has modernized and unified its communications infrastructure and enabled flexible, cloud-based collaboration through a comprehensive Microsoft technology solution that includes Microsoft Office 365, Windows Azure, Microsoft Lync 2013, Windows...
16 Jan 2014
Spotlight on the StorSimple acquisition one year later
In a blog post over on In the Cloud, Corporate Vice President of Windows Server & System Center Brad Anderson takes a look at Microsoft’s acquisition of cloud storage company StorSimple. Microsoft acquired StorSimple on Nov. 15, 2012, “ an investment aimed at helping our customers...
22 Nov 2013
How Windows Server for Embedded Systems can improve productivity in industrial automation systems
In the Windows Embedded Blog Monday, Partha Srinivasan writes about how Windows Embedded Server-based server appliances in industrial automation can help improve productivity, asset utilization and operational efficiencies. Srinivasan, product manager for Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products,...
4 Nov 2013
Microsoft strengthens the BYOD party by bringing the Remote Desktop app to Android, iOS and OS X
It wasn’t long ago that IT departments had their heels dug in on the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend. It also wasn’t long before they realized that BYOD wasn’t just a trend. That’s when the IT focus shifted to enabling employees to work from varying platforms on their personal...
21 Oct 2013
Windows Azure support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and price cuts announced
On Friday, we announced a series of significant updates to Windows Azure. First, we announced that Windows Server 2012 R2 is now supported on Windows Azure. In addition, the new Windows Azure release allows you to use Windows Server 2012 R2 and .NET 4.5.1 within Web and Worker Roles within Cloud Service...
18 Oct 2013
Find the data storage ‘sweet spot’ with Microsoft hybrid cloud
Data isn’t just growing, it’s exploding. No one knows this better than the IT leaders trying to figure out the best way to manage it all without ending up with too much, or too little, storage. Traditional storage solutions aren’t known for their flexibility. Predicting needs is difficult...
4 Sep 2013
Windows Server 2012 R2 hits RTM milestone
The “ R2 Wave ” grew a lot closer on Wednesday with the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Server 2012 R2. These milestones are always exciting for the product teams; however, they’re particularly proud of this release says Corporate Vice President for Windows Server and System...
27 Aug 2013
Hyper-V ice cream man shows up at VMworld to cool down the rhetoric
This week in San Francisco, just a block away from VMworld, you’ll find another breed of enthusiasts – Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center technical experts. And you’re in luck, they also happen to be frozen custard enthusiasts. Sure, the area will be teeming with VMware loyalists....
27 Aug 2013
12 features in Windows Server 2012 R2 you need to know about
Corporate Vice President of Windows Server & System Center Brad Anderson has gone into in-depth detail regarding what’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2 in a series of blog posts over on the In the Cloud blog . However, if you’re looking for a consolidated list of some of the new features...
12 Aug 2013
Microsoft IaaS ‘2012 R2’ updates aim to enhance the experience on both sides of the infrastructure
On Wednesday, the In the Cloud blog went over game-changing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) innovations coming in “2012 R2.” In a post on Friday, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson focuses on the user experience for the teams who create the services offered (service providers...
2 Aug 2013
Microsoft ‘2012 R2’ IaaS innovations create a ‘new benchmark’ for cloud computing era
Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson pays close attention to the global sales of x86 servers. And in a post on In the Cloud , he notes that the highest levels of growth point to a rise of the service provider and public cloud. Anderson attributes this to organizations moving to service providers...
31 Jul 2013
‘2012 R2 wave’ enables open source on the Microsoft cloud
Running Microsoft workloads in the Microsoft cloud makes for a best-solution scenario – our products are built to work together. But what about open source options, such as Linux? Microsoft understands that users will build applications on open source operating systems. With the “ 2012 R2...
24 Jul 2013
'2012 R2' releases: They’re scenario-centric and battle-ready
Microsoft made a ton of news around its next wave of products the last couple of weeks, including previews for Windows Server 2012 R2 , System Center 2012 R2 , and SQL Server 2014 , plus Visual Studio 2013, Windows Intune , and new Windows Azure services . Customer feedback has been fantastic, which...
3 Jul 2013
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview now available
Small and medium-sized businesses who are using Windows Server 2012 Essentials can now download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview and the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role for the Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions. Windows Server 2012 Essentials came...
2 Jul 2013
SAP, HP and Microsoft set new SAP world record using Hyper-V
SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is one of the most common workloads within enterprise environments. As this post from the Microsoft Server and Cloud team explains, the solution provides access to critical data, applications, and analytical tools, and helps organizations streamline processes across...
1 Jul 2013
Let’s get the Windows 8.1 party started
The following is a post from Frank X. Shaw, Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft. It was originally published on The Official Microsoft Blog . I’ve spent the last 48 hours or so at the Moscone Center . After the past 45 days, I bet the staff there could crank...
28 Jun 2013
SQL Server 2014 public community technology preview now available
TechEd Europe 2013 delivers downloads of key enterprise product updates announced at TechEd North America. Brad Anderson’s blog post describes many of these, including Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014 . One of the latter’s key features is that in the event...
25 Jun 2013
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview is now available for download
In today’s TechEd Europe keynote address, Corporate Vice President of Windows Server & System Center at Microsoft Brad Anderson laid out the conference’s major announcements . Among them was the availability of downloads of preview software for Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012...
25 Jun 2013
Cloud computing ‘no longer a spectator sport'
Whether businesses are looking to dramatically scale or dynamically innovate, cloud computing is the future. Superlatives aside, writes Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Windows Server & System Center, “ cloud computing is no longer a spectator sport .” To show how committed...
6 Jun 2013
The name's Azure. Windows Azure.
James Bond has cruised in iconic Aston Martin sports cars for decades, most recently in last year's "Skyfall." But it wasn't the superspy or his gadget guru, Q, who helped the Aston Martin IT team with feats of (technical) daring. Monday at TechEd North America 2013, the British luxury car manufacturer...
4 Jun 2013
Microsoft’s Satya Nadella spotlights the Enterprise Cloud Era at TechEd
Today, Satya Nadella, president of the Server & Tools Business, sent out a memo announcing several significant pieces of news made at TechEd North America 2013, including a wave of product updates Microsoft will deliver to our customers and partners. In addition, Satya goes into in-depth detail...
3 Jun 2013
Microsoft helps telecom companies find new revenue streams in the cloud
Steve Clarke (Microsoft News Center)
Ever wonder how much money the telecom industry spends on new technology as it moves from 3G to LTE to whatever is next? A lot. Telecom companies spend almost 15 percent of their revenue each year in capital expenses for their network. With industry revenue at $2 trillion, that translates to a whopping...
13 May 2013
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