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Today is the GA for the Cloud OS!
Over the last year, we have made some incredible developments with Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and the new release of Windows Intune – and I am incredibly excited for these products to reach general availability today! Leading up to this, our team has worked incredibly hard...
18 Oct 2013
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...
1 Aug 2013
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...
20 Aug 2013
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...
20 Nov 2013
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...
31 Jul 2013
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...
14 Aug 2013
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...
3 Jul 2013
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...
31 Oct 2013
What’s New in 2012 R2: Identity Management for Hybrid IT
Part 6 of a 9-part series . Leaders in any industry have one primary responsibility in common: Sifting through the noise to identify the right areas to focus on and invest their organization’s time, money, and people. This was especially true during our planning for the 2012 R2 wave of products ; and...
9 Aug 2013
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...
14 Aug 2013
The Edge Show: Talking About the “Transform the Datacenter” Pillar
Now that we’ve wrapped up the “ Transform the Datacenter ” pillar in the ongoing What’s New in 2012 R2 blog series , I sat down (well, we stand the whole time) for another conversation with Rick Claus , host of The Edge Show . In this discussion, Rick and I talk about some of the ‘behind the scenes’...
16 Aug 2013
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...
14 Nov 2013
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...
24 Jul 2013
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