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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: 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: 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: CRN: “Microsoft Leaps Ahead of VMware in Hybrid Cloud Management”

    From the comments I’ve seen on Twitter and the e-mails hitting my inbox, I know that many of you have seen CRN’s article from last week entitled “ Microsoft Leaps Ahead of VMware in Hybrid Cloud Management ” – and I want to add a couple thoughts to John Ross’ analysis of the cloud marketplace. Something...
  • 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: ICYMI: Oracle OpenWorld 2013 Keynote

    Earlier this week I got to deliver a keynote at Oracle OpenWorld 2013.  It was a lot of fun, and pretty exciting to be the first Microsoft exec to talk to this massive and important part of the IT industry. In case you missed it, you can check out the full keynote here , or the highlights below...
  • 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: TechEd 2013: Big News and a Big Event

    As many of you already know , at this year’s TechEd we’re going to take the wraps off a range of new products and services, and I am very excited to be delivering the keynote address at both TechEd North America and TechEd Europe .  I cannot wait to talk about – and demo! – some of the remarkable...
  • Blog Post: In case you missed it: The MMS 2013 Keynote Opener Video

      As seen before my keynote at MMS 2013!  Featuring Microsoft MVP’s from around the world!
  • Blog Post: Episode 3 of the ‘In the Cloud’ Podcast: Enabling the Modern Workforce

    In this episode I take a look at how enterprise IT can really support the modern workforce’s desire to work from any location with any device – and how organizations can embrace this trend.  I touched on this topic in my post about corporate computing trends .  I also discuss the role of the...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Service Provider & Tenant IaaS Experience

    Part 5 of a 9-part series . Today’s post is the 2nd of two sections; to read the first half, click here . I recently had an opportunity to speak with a number of leaders from the former VMWare User Group (VMUG), and it was an incredibly educational experience. I say “former” because...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: Enabling Modern Apps with the Windows Azure Pack

    Part 8 of a 9-part series . Don’t let the title fool you – this post is critically important for Developers and IT pros. The reason I call out this warning up front is that often, when I’m speaking at conferences around the world, as soon as I start to discuss the developer perspective and developer...
  • Blog Post: Replay: The MMS 2013 Keynote

    In case you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, included below is the entire Day 1 keynote from the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit.  Thanks to everyone who attended – what a great opportunity to get our industry together!  
  • 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: 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: Weekend Reading: Show Up on Monday as (potentially) an Expert in Automation

    I have a quality weekend reading recommendation for all the IT pros looking for the latest and greatest information on Automation. One my favorite blogs is Building Clouds , and the automation SME’s who contribute to that site just wrapped up “ Automation Month .” Check out this post to see links to...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Talking about how to really “Transform the Datacenter”

    Last week I got to sit down with the guys from TechNet Radio and talk about the 2nd big pillar in the What’s New in 2012 R2 series:  Transform the Datacenter . In this episode – which is a follow up to our earlier (and very popular) discussion about PCIT – we get deep on how this R2 wave of products...
  • Blog Post: Success with Hybrid Cloud: The Components of a Hybrid Cloud

    For a lot of IT pros, the last two posts ( here and here ) have been a nice overview of the Hybrid Cloud model, but they’ve been waiting to get technical. Starting with this post, I’ll begin a deep look at the specific technology that supports and maximizes Hybrid Clouds, as well as the tools available...
  • Blog Post: What’s New in 2012 R2: IaaS Innovations

      Part 5 of a 9-part series . Today’s post has two sections; the second half is here . One of the industry metrics that I follow closely every quarter is the sale of x86 servers around the world. I look at the trends around the purchase of the server hardware (what is the growth rate, where are...