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Cloud Security with Windows Azure and Microsoft Global Foundation Services
With the RSA conference occurring this week and cloud computing being such a high interest topic, the two worlds of cloud and security are receiving increased visibility in the trade press. The Cloud Security Alliance , which Microsoft is part of, also held their Cloud Security Alliance Summit this week...
17 Feb 2011
Azure customer NVoicePay featured in InformationWeek
This week longtime IT journalist Charlie Babcock of InformationWeek posted a story called "4 Companies Getting Real Results from Cloud Computing." It's a good article that profiles organizations that "are way past testing the cloud. They've seen the shortcomings, and are still looking ahead to what's...
18 Jan 2011
Behind the Cloud scene with Microsoft IT
I’ve blogged a couple of times in the past ( here and here ) about Tony Scott, Microsoft’s CIO, the areas that he focuses on, and what’s happening within Microsoft related to cloud computing. While Microsoft is a world leader in delivering software solutions to business of all sizes...
26 Jan 2011
CA Technologies ARCserve coming to Windows Azure platform as SaaS offering
Couple of interesting updates on the Windows Azure front that I came across yesterday on Redmondmag.com and Mary Jo Foley’s All About Microsoft sites. Redmondmag.com covers the announcement from CA Technologies that they’re bringing their ARCserve backup and recovery solutions exclusively...
11 May 2011
Flickr using Windows Azure and other cloud happenings
There were a couple interesting cloud-related stories I saw that I wanted to highlight as the week raps up. Recently, Yahoo needed a cloud service provider that could help them quickly release their newest Flickr app for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7. They wanted a dynamic platform that would help...
14 Jan 2011
Thought Leaders in the Cloud: Talking with Barton George, Cloud Computing Evangelist at Dell
Barton George joined Dell in 2009 as the company's cloud computing evangelist. He acts as Dell's ambassador to the cloud computing community and works with analysts and the press. He is responsible for messaging as well as blogging and tweeting on cloud topics. Prior to joining Dell, Barton spent 13...
5 Jan 2011
Virtualization alone does not a cloud solution make
The following is a guest post from David Greschler, Director Virtualization and Cloud Strategy at Microsoft 2010 saw the rapid rise in popularity of businesses considering cloud computing solutions as a way of helping reduce costs, gain efficiencies, as well as a variety of other benefits. Unfortunately...
8 Jan 2011
Travelocity Critical System Runs on Windows Azure Cloud
This week the Microsoft TechEd North America conference is taking place in Atlanta Georgia. TechEd is an annual conference which provides IT professionals and developers with deep technical education across Microsoft’s current and upcoming products, solutions and services. Taking into account...
16 May 2011
Windows Azure Platform Lowers the Barrier to Innovation
While many customers are still in the education and evaluation phase when looking at ways that cloud computing can deliver benefits to their companies, there are certainly examples of how prominent businesses are already taking advantage of the new platform. Some of these real-world examples are featured...
1 Feb 2011
Windows Azure Drives Next-Gen Toyota Telematics
Post by: Larry Grothaus Big news from the auto world today: your next car might be greener thanks to the cloud. Microsoft and Toyota Motor Corp. have announced that the Windows Azure Platfor m (Windows Azure and SQL Azure) will be the foundation for a global cloud-computing platform that will deliver...
6 Apr 2011
Modular Datacenters and Dogfooding the Cloud at Microsoft
Welcome to 2011!! Hope that the New Year is starting off on the right foot for you. As I began digging out of emails after the holiday break I came across a couple interesting items that peel back the skin on some of the internal activities happening here at Microsoft that I wanted to share with...
6 Jan 2011
Enabling Supercomputing in the Cloud
One of the capabilities delivered by true cloud computing solutions is the power to dynamically scale up and down based on the needs that applications and users are placing on the service. This also correlates to one of the key benefits that businesses can realize when investing in cloud computing as...
4 Feb 2011
Public Sector Customers Across Globe Choose Microsoft Cloud Offerings
It's been an interesting last couple of weeks for Microsoft and Public Sector customers around the globe related to cloud technlogies. At the beginning of December there was the news that Microsoft's Cloud Infrastructure received FISMA certification , which means customers of any size can benefit from...
15 Dec 2010
Social eXperience Platform (SXP) Powered by Windows Azure
Whether you know it or not, when you visit the Cloud Power site you’re most likely experiencing a service or application hosted on or utilizing the Windows Azure platform. Whether it’s the social media experience for videos hosted on the Microsoft Showcase site or visiting our Cloud Conversations...
21 Apr 2011
Businessweek on Cloud Providers and Customers
I was reading an interesting story just published by Bloomberg Businessweek titled “The Cloud: Battle of the Tech Titans”. The story covers some of the more obvious benefits of cloud computing such as reducing the costs associated with having underutilized hardware and time spent maintaining...
4 Mar 2011
Cloud Elasticity - A Real-World Example
In April, I wrote about the Social eXperience Platform (SXP) powered by the Windows Azure platform and how it delivers cloud-powered capabilities to Microsoft Showcase and the Cloud Conversations sites. There were some notable numbers in that post related the improved availability and reduction in costs...
4 May 2011
All Things Digital with Seven Questions and Answers on Windows Azure
This morning I came across a newly published article on All Things Digital by Arik Hesseldahl titled “Seven Questions for Doug Hauger, Head of Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Platform” . When I talk with others in the industry I sometimes get questions about what Windows Azure is . Arik’s...
11 Apr 2011
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