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  • 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: 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: ITC podcast, Episode 7: Better Together - MSFT Workloads & Platforms

    In episode 7, I take some extra time to look at Wednesday's "Better Together' post in greater detail. In particular, we talk about the performance benefits of running Microsoft workloads (Exchange, SharePoint, etc.) on Microsoft platforms (Windows, Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center, etc.),...
  • 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: 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: 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...