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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...