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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
What others are saying about the Office 365 beta
It’s been a little over a week since the public beta of Office 365 became available, and there have already been some great comments on it from the press and customers. For those not familiar with Office 365, it’s an always-up-to-date cloud service which brings together Microsoft Office...
26 Apr 2011
Private Cloud Success Scenario: Virtualize Your Disaster Recovery Plan
CIOs understand the concept and even the building blocks of private cloud. But as I attend shows like the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 , which happened this week in Las Vegas, there's a certain kind of question I'm still being asked. In one form or another that question continuously revolves around...
25 Mar 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
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
Mostly Cloudy Forecast at Microsoft U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit
This week Microsoft held its U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit in Redmond, and while we’re used to rain this time of year in Seattle (and most of the year for that matter….), the forecast at the event for the Public Sector was mostly cloudy - cloud related technology that is. With all...
25 Feb 2011
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
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
Hybrid Organization with Office 365 and SharePoint Online
21apps is a Microsoft BizSpark Partner and a SharePoint business value, solutions and platform consultancy from the United Kingdom. In this guest blog, Ant Clay, Chief Strategy Officer of 21apps, shares his excitement around the launch of Office 365, specifically on how SharePoint Online and Office 365...
3 Feb 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
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
Environmental Benefits of Cloud Computing
Many of the conversations around the benefits of cloud computing are related to reducing hardware and energy costs, gaining operational efficiencies, or reducing time to deployment/market for applications. There are other benefits however that are often overlooked related to the environmental impact...
25 Jan 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
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
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
Office 365 for enterprises: Part 5 - IT Control and Efficiency
Control in enterprise IT is a balancing act. Automation and outsourcing save time and money, but if done wrong, can give up too much and make it harder to make technology work for your business. Office 365 is designed to provide the right balance , enabling you to get the value and streamlined management...
6 Jan 2011
Consumerization of IT and Cloud Computing
The Consumerization of IT, generally defined as the development of technologies for consumers that make their way into the enterprise , has been a trendy topic the last couple of years. With the International CES consumer technology tradeshow happening in Las Vegas right now, I've been thinking about...
6 Jan 2011
How Microsoft Defines Cloud Computing
One of the most popular topics in IT today is “Cloud”. It seems that everyone, every company, is interested in Cloud and Cloud Computing but what exactly does that mean? What is Cloud Computing? When I get asked about Cloud Computing and the excitement around, I always think of what it was...
7 Dec 2010
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
Ready. Set. Connect in new ways with Microsoft Lync
Exciting news today related to how Microsoft is helping enable customers to connect with coworkers and information in new ways with the launch of Microsoft Lync . Allen, with the Microsoft Office 365 team, talks about the news in his post, which I've pulled in below . I wanted to echo his "My Experiences...
17 Nov 2010
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
Transformation of IT and Economics 101 of the Cloud
Cloud computing in the enterprise has been available in niches the last couple of years, but the large scale move that companies are now considering for areas of their businesses is relatively new to many. Companies are looking at and analyzing the perceived benefits such as cost reduction, improved...
12 Nov 2010
Bloomberg on Microsoft and Our Enterprise Class Cloud Offerings
A co-worker forwarded me a story by Bloomberg news from late last week about Microsoft’s broad cloud strategy for both enterprise and mid-market business. Writer Dina Bass echoes some of the themes I was reading about in the last couple of weeks, in places like The Los Angeles Times (“ Microsoft...
3 Nov 2010
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
Cloud computing - You say you want a revolution....
About 30 years ago there was a technology revolution underway that some referred to as the “PC revolution”, a time when companies were exploring the use of personal computers as a replacement for aging mainframe systems, typewriters or mounds of accounting being done on 10-key calculators...
25 Oct 2010
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