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  • 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: What’s New in 2012 R2: Cloud-integrated Disaster Recovery

    Part 7 of a 9-part series . Today’s post is the 2nd of two sections; to read the first half, click here .       As an industry we have worked on disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) solutions for – well, it seems like forever.  There has been a lot of good work...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Beginning and Ending with Customer-specific Scenarios

    Part 1 of a 9-part series . Over the last three weeks, Microsoft has made an exciting series of announcements about its next wave of products, including Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014, Visual Studio 2013, Windows Intune and several new Windows Azure services. The preview...
  • Blog Post: Networking Without Limits: SDN

    After nearly 40 years of creating enterprise software, there are few companies who have come to appreciate the importance of infrastructure in the quite the way we have at Microsoft. We recognize that to host great software and great apps, you need an equally great infrastructure for your datacenter...
  • Blog Post: “In the Cloud” Podcast, Episode 4: Hybrid IT

    In episode four, I take a look at the very big and very complex topic of Hybrid IT -- public, private, hosted clouds, and on-prem deployments.  To get a head start, check out one of my previous posts on the topic. Questions?  Comments?  Future topics you’d like to hear discussed? ...
  • Blog Post: The StorSimple Acquisition: One Year Later

    One year ago this week, Microsoft made an investment in the future of cloud computing. This investment was intended to address one of the cloud’s most persistent issues: Enterprise-grade storage. At the time, this investment was a bit of a surprise to some. Then – as now – the storage industry faced...
  • Blog Post: Episode 6 of the ‘In the Cloud’ podcast: High Availability

    In this episode, I take a look at the topic of high availability, back up, and disaster recovery.  These are incredibly important topics for businesses that depend on consistent access to corporate data, and whose customer base insists on avoiding any downtime.  Regular readers of the blog...
  • Blog Post: Bringing IT Together at MMS

    Every year there are a handful of audiences that I really look forward to seeing, and the 5,000+ IT professionals who attend the annual Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) are among the very best anywhere in the world. This is a big week for Microsoft: It’s an opportunity for us to show what we’ve learned...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: What’s New in 2012 R2: PaaS for the Modern Web

    Part 9 of a 9-part series .   A major promise underlying all of the 2012 R2 products is really simple: Consistency . Consistency in the user experiences, consistency for IT professionals, consistency for developers and consistency across clouds. A major part of delivering this consistency is the...
  • 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: 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: 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! ...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2013: After Today, Cloud Computing is No Longer a Spectator Sport

    [Posted Monday, June 3]   In Satya Nadella’s post from earlier today , he describes Microsoft’s transformation to a “cloud-first” business: Two years ago we bet our future on the cloud and quietly refocused our 19 billion-dollar software business by completely transforming our products, culture...
  • Blog Post: “In the Cloud” Podcast, Episode 5: Hybrid Cloud Management

    In this episode I talk about the Hybrid Cloud and CRN 's recent piece entitled "Microsoft Leaps Ahead of VMware in Hybrid Cloud Management."  You can read my post on this same topic from late last week here . As always, if you have questions or topics you’d like to hear addressed on an...
  • Blog Post: Transforming the Datacenter and Hybrid IT

    No two enterprise IT departments are the same – but one thing they all have in common is this: They want the components of their IT infrastructure (hardware, software, cloud, apps, etc.) to JUST WORK. One of the things I really love about my job is the opportunities I have to meet with so many...
  • Blog Post: Three Big Trends for Corporate Computing (and what to do about them)

    Until just a few years ago, the entire IT industry was pretty tightly focused on two things:  PC’s and Servers.  These clients are still the biggest players in our market, but, for a modern IT pro, today's landscape also includes slates, tablets, laptops, and smartphones. It makes that earlier...