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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: 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: A Cloud-first Approach to Corporate Device Management

    In a previous post I talked about technical, people, and cloud computing trends in corporate IT.  The practical impact of these trends means that the shift to a “bring your own device” (BYOD) or “choose your own device” (CYOD) enterprise workforce is here to stay .  These trends place a lot...
  • 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: 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: Gartner Analyzes Hyper-V and vSphere

    If you haven’t seen it yet, a Gartner report from last month * is really worth checking out. Gartner calls out three key areas (Acquisition costs, Ease of management, and Functionality richness), and I recommend reviewing the entire report in detail. You can read it here , compliments of Microsoft. In...
  • 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: 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: Check Out the New Citrix Service Template for XenDesktop 7.1

    Just a couple years ago, Service Templates were introduced in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (SCVMM).  Service Templates represented a new way to enable complex, multi-VM services that could be quickly, easily, and accurately installed.  To get an idea of just how easy...
  • 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: 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: Getting Excited about MMS 2013!

    On this week’s podcast, I look ahead to the big event kicking off on Monday:  The 2013 Microsoft Management Summit!     If you have any questions or topics you’d like to hear discussed on a future podcast, let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter at @InTheCloudMSFT . Let’s have...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the “In the Cloud” Podcast

    I get to talk about the Cloud with customers and colleagues every day – and these discussions always leave me even more excited about this industry and the work we’re collectively doing. To share some of that enthusiasm with all of you, I'm beginning a weekly podcast series, the “ In...
  • Blog Post: Replay: The TechEd 2013 Day 1 Keynote

    This week’s podcast is preempted by events at TechEd 2013, but, in case you haven't had a chance to see it yet, my Day 1 keynote is included below in its entirety (including the opening video with Aston Martin!). Thanks again to everyone who attended this year’s event – and I can’t wait to meet up again...
  • Blog Post: Using the Cloud to Transform and Unify High Availability, Disaster Recovery, and Data Backup

    Back in mid-April, I discussed the importance of data center high availability , and how the cost of data storage is minimal compared to the cost of not being able to access that data. There are a lot of options for creating a highly available system with disaster recovery and data backup protocols ...
  • Blog Post: Recap: Cisco & Microsoft at the ACI Launch in NYC

    Late last night I returned from Cisco’s announcement of their Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) vision and offering. You can check out a quick recap video of the event at the bottom of this post. I think what Cisco announced is a game-changing solution that brings simplified/centralized control...