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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: 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Fujitsu Launches Global Cloud Platform Service Powered By Windows Azure

    Today, Fujitsu and Microsoft announced the upcoming August 2011 availability of the Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform service, which marks the first official production release of a Windows Azure platform appliance delivered by Fujitsu. The new service offering has already been running in Fujitsu’s...
  • 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: Orion Energy Systems Moves InteLite software to Windows Azure platform

    I came across an interesting announcement today over on the Windows Azure blog regarding Orion Energy Systems and their use of the Windows Azure platform to host their InteLite offering, a sensor-and-control solution designed to help their customers save energy and control lighting costs. The announcement...
  • 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...