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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: The Bridge Across Cloud Computing Worlds - IT Management Tools

    With the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 conference fast approaching in March I wanted to touch on the role that IT management tools play in cloud computing including Private Cloud, Windows Azure public cloud, or solutions which span both worlds. If you’re not familiar with MMS, it is the...
  • Blog Post: An Independent Perspective on Private Cloud

    I recently saw a great article by Greg Shields on TechTarget , called Defining the Hyper-V Cloud . (You'll need to register [free] to read it, but TechTarget is an excellent third-party source for IT insight, so it's well worth the effort.) In it he not only describes the Hyper-V Cloud programs , but...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Server and Tools Division President, Satya Nadella on Cloud Computing at GigaOM

    Just wanted to give the quick heads up that Satya Nadella, the president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools division, will be speaking on Wednesday around 11:10 a.m. PST at the GigaOm Structure 2011 event this week in San Francisco. He’ll be participating in a Q&A fireside chat moderated...
  • Blog Post: SAP and Microsoft Join Efforts on Cloud Computing

    I wanted to share news of an announcement this morning at SAPPHIRE NOW , SAP’s business and technology conference being held in Orlando, Florida this week. The announcement states that SAP and Microsoft will work together on making application development and cloud management easier for developers...
  • Blog Post: Customers Reap Benefits from Comprehensive Cloud Approach

    Take a look at Brad Anderson’s, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, perspective on Microsoft’s cloud computing strategy, our private cloud solutions and the economics of those solutions versus VMware. Click here to read more.
  • Blog Post: Evolution of Enterprise IT and Virtualization Infrastructures to Private Cloud

    I was having lunch with a colleague yesterday and we were talking about the logical evolution underway in IT, which began a couple of years ago with the broad availability of server virtualization technology like Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V . With the advent of cloud computing as an infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit: Private Cloud Computing, It’s All About the Apps

    The Microsoft Management Summit is going on now in sunny Las Vegas. This event is Microsoft’s premiere event concerning the management of cutting edge datacenter infrastructure. So it should be no surprise that the Microsoft private cloud will be a core focus point for the show. Illustrating this...
  • Blog Post: 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...