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  • 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: What’s New in 2012 R2: People-centric IT in Action - End-to-end Scenarios Across Products

    Part 3 of a 9-part series . In today’s post, we tackle a common question I get from customers: “Why move to the cloud right now ? ” Recently, however, this question has changed a bit to, “What should I move to the cloud first ? ” An important thing to keep in mind with either of these questions is that...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: Talking About PCIT and the ‘What’s New in 2012 R2’ Series

    This week’s episode is a repost of an interview I did with TechNet Radio earlier this week.  In this interview I talk with host Kevin Remde about the new 2012 R2 wave of products, and we talk about the first two posts (covering People-centric IT ) in our new nine-part 2012 R2 series .  Check...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Oracle’s Mission-critical Software and Microsoft’s Enterprise-grade Cloud

    For years Microsoft and Oracle have helped customers address enterprise technology needs, and during those years I’ve had the opportunity to personally partner with, compete with, and admire Oracle as an industry leader. Certainly when you think of enterprise scalability and reliability Oracle comes...
  • 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: 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’...
  • 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: 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: TechNet Radio: The 3rd Installment from the What’s New in 2012 R2 Series

    A few days ago I got to sit down with the guys from TechNet Radio to talk about the third pillar of our “ What’s New in 2012 R2 ” series – Enable Modern Business Apps . We conclude this three-episode series by discussing why it’s important for IT pros to understand how modern apps function (hint: ...