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  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: Benefits for the Oil & Gas Industry

    In this post I’m going to look at how enterprises in the Oil & Gas industry are successfully operating Hybrid Clouds. As a quick refresher on this series, my goal with each of these posts has been to take a close look at the definition of a Hybrid Cloud , explain our perspective on why a Hybrid environment...
  • Blog Post: A People-centric Approach to Mobile Device Management

    It's been a little while since I wrote about the work we are doing around the BYO and Consumerization trends – but this is an area I will be discussing much more often over the next several months. Consumerization is an area that is changing and moving quickly, and I believe the industry is also...
  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: How Retailers Benefit

    Throughout this series I’ve taken a close look at the definition of a Hybrid Cloud , our perspective on why a Hybrid environment is so valuable , and a piece-by-piece look at the solutions and tools that constitute a Hybrid Cloud . All of this was followed by an equally detailed look at how to plan ...
  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: Saving Time & Money with a Hybrid Cloud

    Over the course of this Success with Hybrid Cloud series we’ve covered the structure behind a hybrid environment and the best practices to plan , build , deploy , and operate one. For any organization, the Hybrid Cloud effectively combines an enterprise’s on-premises infrastructure with that of cloud...
  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices for Operating Your Hybrid Cloud

    Over the last three “Best Practices” posts, I’ve looked at how to Plan , Build , and Deploy a Hybrid Cloud – and, now that your Hybrid Cloud is up and running, it’s time to look at how to keep it running in peak form and with optimum, high-performance results. In this post I’ll examine two critical aspects...
  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices for Deploying a Hybrid Cloud

    Over the last two “Best Practices” posts, I’ve looked at how to Plan and Build a Hybrid Cloud, and with these technical exercises complete, this post will focus on the best practices for deploying this carefully planned and built Hybrid Environment. In this post, I’ll examine some critical items for...
  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices for Building a Hybrid Cloud

    In the last post we discussed in great detail the process of carefully planning your Hybrid Cloud . The planning process is vital, and in this post we’ll see the time spent planning really start to pay off. In this post I’ll discuss the 4 Steps that I believe are crucial when Building any Hybrid environment...
  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: Why Hybrid?

    Earlier this week I examined what we at Microsoft mean when we use the term “Hybrid Cloud.” If ever there were a time to get really specific about our vocabulary, this was it! Now that our definition is clear, I want to go one step further and discuss how this strategy is different from what other cloud...
  • Blog Post: SAP, HP and Microsoft Set New SAP World Record Using Hyper-V

    Back in May , I discussed how technologies such as Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center 2012 SP1, provide the most scalable, reliable, and feature-rich platform to run key, tier-1 workloads like SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange, at the lowest cost. To help customers virtualize these workloads...
  • Blog Post: Continually Improving Continuous Availability

    Several weeks ago I met with a customer who expressed a very common problem: “If we can’t access our data at any moment, from any location, we immediately begin losing money.” This comment was made before any other topic we discussed that day – before concerns about app management, security, or even...
  • Blog Post: Nine More Reasons Everyone Should be Excited about the Microsoft Cloud

    Earlier this week (both on-stage and on this blog ) I commented that “ cloud computing is no longer a spectator sport “ and that now, more than ever, there are countless reasons to get excited about what your business can do in the cloud. Whether you’re looking to dramatically scale, dynamically innovate...
  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices for Planning Your Hybrid Cloud

    This might seem like an overly obvious statement, but it is worth emphasizing: The early planning stages of your Hybrid Cloud strategy are some of the most important discussions that IT leaders and implementers can have. The majority of the CIOs I’ve spoken to over the last year tell me that they are...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Enabling Open Source Software

      Part 4 of a 9-part series . The Common Engineering Criteria (CEC) that I’ve talked about in previous posts have been instrumental in ensuring that the teams contributing to 2012 R2 met rigorous and specific criteria in areas like Manageability, Virtualization Readiness, Data Center & Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Wants to Help VMware Experts “Future-Proof “ Their Career

    The IT industry never slows down and IT pros are constantly assessing what’s next and what’s best – not only for their business , but also for their careers . The virtualization world is going through a big inflection point, and this is leading to a lot of noise and conflicting information in the marketplace...
  • Blog Post: Q&A at GigaOm’s "Future of Mobile and the Enterprise" Panel

    Earlier this morning I participated in a panel at GigaOm’s Mobilize conference . Sitting on the panel with me were Alan Dabbiere the Chairman of AirWatch, and JP Finnell the Head of Mobile Strategy and Innovation for SAP. You can watch the panel on demand here , and I shot a short recap of my morning...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Making Device Users Productive and Protecting Corporate Information

    Part 2 of a 9-part series .  The modern workforce isn’t just better connected and more mobile than ever before, it’s also more discerning (and demanding) about the hardware and software used on the job. While company leaders around the world are celebrating the increased productivity and accessibility...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Hybrid Networking

    Part 7 of a 9-part series . Today’s post is the first of two sections; to read the second half, click here . One of the foundational requirements we called out in the 2012 R2 vision document was our promise to help you transform the datacenter. A core part of delivering on that promise is enabling Hybrid...
  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: Defining “Hybrid”

    In any region, at any size, in any industry, an enterprise’s IT infrastructure has an enormous impact on the success of that organization. There are as many infrastructure setups and strategies as there are enterprises, with each IT team tailoring it to the unique and changing needs of that business...
  • Blog Post: The Edge Show: Wrapping up the “What’s New in 2012 R2” Series

    To wrap up our nine-part series on the new 2012 R2 wave of products , I sat down stood up with Rick Claus from The Edge Show to talk about the third pillar of the R2 release:  Enable Modern Business Apps . As always, it was a lot of fun to sit down and talk about the solution-focused nature of 2012...
  • Blog Post: Data Visualization for IT: System Center Ops Manager Dashboards

    One of the most important things an IT department can do for itself is demonstrate its value to business leaders clearly and regularly. The easiest way to do this is with a dynamic, real-time dashboard view of the IT operation. The bad news is that accurate, functional, and responsive dashboards have...
  • Blog Post: Better Together: Microsoft Workloads & Platforms

    I’ve heard IT departments all over the world share a very similar joke about how the rest of the company has no idea where their e-mail comes from or where their SharePoint sites are stored – they just want these things to be there when they need them. IT departments, however, do know exactly where these...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe: Big Bets & Big Opportunities

    I am absolutely thrilled to be delivering the Day 1 keynote at TechEd Europe for the third straight year . This is consistently an amazing event with the very best and brightest companies and IT pros across Europe, not to mention some equally amazing products to highlight and demonstrate. There were...
  • Blog Post: What You Have to Gain from Cloud-based Financial Management IT

    For the last 2 years my team has been working with a partner from the Bay Area called Cloud Cruiser – and the results of this partnership are going to benefit a lot of enterprises. We partnered with Cloud Cruiser for a really important reason: The technology developed by this team enables a fully integrated...
  • Blog Post: Friday Replay: Monday’s Keynote from TechEd Europe

    In place of this week’s podcast (since everyone is on their way back from Spain!), check out this replay of my TechEd Europe keynote from earlier this week.
  • Blog Post: The ‘In the Cloud’ Podcast, Episode 8: The Countdown to TechEd 2013!

    In this episode, I discuss what to expect from TechEd North America (June 3) and TechEd Europe (June 25), as well as some of the big themes in my Day 1 keynote at both events. This is a huge event for the tech industry, and I look forward to seeing a lot of friends and partners in both cities! ...