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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
Technical computing in the cloud: Big solutions for big challenges
The following is a guest blog post from Bill Hilf, General manager, Technical computing, Microsoft Every day there is a lot of interesting news and discussion around cloud computing. One area that I find important and exciting is thinking about large scale and complex problems - classically tackled...
16 Nov 2010
CDW Talks Cloud Computing - Guest blog post
I wanted to share a guest blog post from Derrek Kim, a Technology Specialist with CDW, on cloud strategies and the role of virtualization in cloud computing. In the post Derrek shares some perspectives on cloud computing, including both public and private cloud deployments and the results of CDW's recent...
8 Jun 2011
IDC: Time to Embrace the Cloud is Now
There’s an interesting article over on Eweek.com from Chris Preimesberger about a presentation by IDC SVP and Chief Analyst, Frank Gens. The story talks about how the industry and IT are at a crossroad similar to the one 25 years ago with the transformation from traditional mainframes and...
17 Mar 2011
Microsoft IT and the Road to Windows Azure - Part 2
“For new applications, the world is your oyster. You really have the flexibility to design the app the way you always wanted to.” This is the second of a two-part interview with Mike Olsson, Senior Director in Microsoft IT. The original posted on the Microsoft Enterprise Viewpoints...
16 Mar 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
Forrester Reports: SQL Azure Raises the Bar On Cloud Databases
I wanted to highlight a post from the SQL Azure team, at this link , which describes a Forrester Research, Inc. published research piece titled " SQL Azure Raises The Bar on Cloud Databases ." The research describes how Microsoft listened to feedback from early customers and made key enhancements that...
18 Nov 2010
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
Government Cloud Computing Commission Formed
I saw a brief article this morning on the Washington Post site about a government related cloud computing commission being formed to help provide recommendations to the federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, and the commerce secretary, Gary Locke. The Post story touches on the U.S. federal government’s...
7 Mar 2011
City and County of San Francisco Adopts Microsoft Cloud Solution
Just catching up on some news from yesterday that the City and County of San Francisco are upgrading and consolidating their multiple citywide email systems used by more than 23,000 employees onto Microsoft Exchange Online, which is a cloud-based enterprise messaging solution. The move is part of...
19 May 2011
Better Cloud Collaboration, Better Healthcare
Exciting news today as several new customers announced their move to the cloud with Microsoft Online Services. These customers join a growing list of others in realizing the benefits our hosted productivity solutions can have in fostering collaboration, improving productivity and reducing costs. Check...
10 Mar 2011
Microsoft Virtualization Helps Keep Target Stores Going During Peak Demand
In prior posts, I’ve written about server virtualization technologies such as Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V being at the foundation of cloud computing, including private and public implementations. Many customers are already using Microsoft virtualization technologies to achieve greater scalability...
17 Mar 2011
New Research from Harvard Business Review Sparks Discussion at Cloud Computing Customer Event
A colleague of mine, Mark Miller, was at a recent cloud computing dinner event in Silicon Valley. He wrote up a brief summary of the event, which I thought would interest you and wanted to share. Give it a read below and let me know if you have any comments or questions. Thanks - Larry New Research...
17 May 2011
Cloud First Policy for the U.S. Federal Government
I was reviewing some of the social media activities coming out of the RSA Conference sessions today, including a talk by the U.S. Federal Government CIO, Vivek Kundra, in which he touched on the U.S. Federal Government and their work with cloud computing. As part of this talk Kundra noted that...
14 Feb 2011
Real Customers, Real Private Clouds
I wanted to highlight a post from David Greschler , Microsoft’s Director of Virtualization and Cloud Strategy, over on the VMBlog.com site that touches on a couple of customers using real Private Cloud implementations today. The customers include Lionbridge , Liverpool Institute for the Performing...
9 Mar 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
Microsoft's CIO, Tony Scott, on Dogfooding at Microsoft
Some great bits and bytes I wanted to highlight in a CIO.com article published today featuring Tony Scott, Microsoft’s CIO and a video piece , where he talks about the benefits of trying out our own technologies and refining them before putting them into our customer’s hands. Tony also passes...
1 Nov 2010
Changing the Conversation - Server Virtualization is the Overture, Not the Finale
I wanted to provide a guest blog post from Brad Anderson, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, in which he share’s the news that Gartner has named Microsoft a leader in their 2011 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure *. In his post, Brad covers topics such as private cloud...
5 Jul 2011
Windows Azure platform supports Media and Entertainment industry
A Windows Azure platform update from “The Entertainment Capital of the World”, Las Vegas, and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show going on there. At the show we announced that we’re working with a variety of industry partners and creating a partner ecosystem to help...
13 Apr 2011
The Realities of Google Cloud Connect
Some interesting notes in a blog post from my co-worker Tony Tai with the Office 365 team that I wanted to bring to your attention related to the Google Cloud Connect offering. Tony sheds some light on the realities behind the functionality as well as the security and privacy concerns customers should...
25 Feb 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
Opening the Window to PC Management in the Cloud
During his keynote today at the Microsoft Management Summit corporate vice president Brad Anderson discussed Microsoft IT solutions to help companies streamline PC and device management and better empower productivity in today’s modern enterprise. He announced the general availability of Windows...
23 Mar 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
New Private Cloud Capabilities Available in Updates Today
It's an exciting day with the availability of some significant updates from Microsoft which deliver new capabilities to our customers, especially for those of you working on private cloud projects. The Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 update , which includes Hyper-V virtualization , and the System...
22 Feb 2011
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