John Weston Stories, Information, and random thoughts.

Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, and everything Server and Windows

November, 2011

  • Cool new SkyDrive features released yesterday

    Here is a video showing off some of the new features in Skydrive we announced Yesterday. Enjoy!!
  • The Cloud on Your Terms Part 24 of 30: Hybrid for Public Cloud

      In part 2 of this 30 part series we introduced the topic of Hybrid Cloud.  That is the combining of Public, Private, and or traditional IT into a system that works for you. One of the great Hybrid examples I like to talk about is internally...
  • I am Proud to work for Microsoft on this Veteran’s Day

    November 11 is a special day to celebrate all those that keep America a Free place to live.  The company I work for really appreciates our military.   We did two things yesterday that didn’t make the main stream media that I want to point...
  • Cloud on Your Terms Part 13 of 30 System Center Operations Manager

    System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Microsoft’s end-to-end service-management product, is your best choice for Windows environments. It works seamlessly with Microsoft infrastructure servers, such as Windows Server, and application servers, such...
  • The Cloud on your terms part 2 of 30 What is a Hybrid Cloud?

    Hybrid Cloud What is a Hybrid Cloud? We keep hearing about “The Cloud” in IT, and how it is supposed to change things in the next few years. People keep using the terms, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud. What do these really...
  • The Cloud on your Terms Part 3 of 30 Getting Ready for The Cloud

    Getting Ready for The Cloud Well, you have heard all the hype, Cloud this, Cloud that, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, etc, etc, how the heck do you get ready? Your organization might not be ready to move 100% of your servers to someone else’s data center...
  • The Cloud on Your Terms Part 15 of 30 Hybrid for Private Cloud

    If you remember back to part 2 of this 30 part series, we defined Hybrid Cloud as just about anything you want it to do, it’s really a combination of Public, Private, or Traditional IT. When we think about Private Cloud and combined with Traditional IT...
  • Cloud Assessment Tool

    Are you ready for the Cloud? Are you working with a Microsoft Partner?  Do you need a tool that can help you assess where you are and how to get ready for the Cloud?  Well I have the app for you.  This is for both Partners and Customers...
  • The Cloud on Your Terms part 18 of 30: Lessons learned from Private Cloud build out (Stupid cold!)

    So day three now of lessons learned within this blog series. Kevin started us out with his lessons here , then yesterday Brian Lewis told us what he learned, and now today is my turn.  Part of this post originally appeared on my blog October 5 ,...
  • The Cloud on Your Terms Part 20 of 30: San Antonio, have you seen a lot of H20? Data Center

    Back in September the team I am on got to visit our “Cloud” Data Center in San Antonio, Texas.  Now they wouldn’t let us take pictures of the insides, but I have to tell you about some of the things I saw.  You have all seen Data Centers, raised...
  • The Cloud on Your Terms Part 25 of 30: Windows Intune

    What in the world is this thing called Windows Intune? Windows Intune is PC management & security in the cloud Perform security and management tasks remotely from a web-based console. Help secure PCs from malware and virus threats with endpoint protection...
  • Office 365: Free Ebook Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere

    On the MSPress blog I was readying http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2011/08/17/free-ebook-microsoft-office-365-connect-and-collaborate-virtually-anywhere-anytime.aspx Great news on a free ebook(ok really a PDF) on how to get the most out...
  • Office 365 get’s first major update.

    REDMOND, Wash. — Nov. 29, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the first major service update for Microsoft Office 365 , the company’s next-generation cloud productivity service for businesses of all sizes. The service will also be available to try...
  • TechNet Video: Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, What’s really the Truth?

    TechNet Video: Public Cloud, Private Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, What’s really the Truth? Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 In this session we will demo the new Office 365. We will show you what the new Microsoft Data Centers are like Inside, why they are 71...
  • TechNet Video: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Interoperability: Voice, Video, Conferencing, IM, and Presence

        TechNet Video: Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Interoperability: Voice, Video, Conferencing, IM, and Presence Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 The communications industry is undergoing a transforming from proprietary hardware-based communications...
  • A blog here A blog there, every where a blog

    Yes this is my main blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/jweston Approaching 45 post this month, it’s been busy.  Do you know I have other blogs out there?  Recently I spoke at Cloud Expo in Silicon Valley and as part of that they gave me a blog...
  • TechNet Video: Enabling a Dynamic Data Center with System Center 2012

    TechNet Video: Enabling a Dynamic Data Center with System Center 2012 Download WMV Download | WMA | MP3 John Weston, Sr. IT Pro Evangelist discusses Hyper-V and Virtualization. He also talks about Private Cloud and what Microsoft has to offer.
  • System Center Central

    With the Private Cloud being so new, finding resources is always good and I want to share. Lately I have been going to www.systemcentercentral.com a bunch lately.  It is a great source of information on our System Center products.  Many of our...
  • Hey Students IT Imagine Cup Challenge Quiz #3 tomorrow

      Are you up for the Challenge ? If you answered yes, and if you are you a student, do you know a student or are you going back to school and can you answer a question like this then your ready for Round 1 of the Imagine Cup 2012 IT Challenge: You...
  • Do you have an idea for something using Kinect? Want $20K?

    How does $20K investment to get your idea off the ground? Add in all the tools you need, and even 3 months of office space to get it done.  Yep, we have a program called The Kinect Accelerator as part of our BizSpark program. 10 Startup companies...
  • TechNet Radio Community Corner Anil Desai Virtualization MVP

    About This Video In today’s Community Corner, Sr. IT Pro Evangelist John Weston interviews Microsoft Virtualization MVP, Anil Desai to the show. Tune in as they discuss cloud computing’s impact to IT, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, as well...
  • Cloud Expo

    I am in sunny California this week at Cloud Expo 2011.  Today I am an attendee, listening to all of the presentations about Cloud.  Man it’s amazing all the companies that have solutions for Private Cloud.  Everyone still defines Cloud...
  • Xbox at 10: a Decade of Gaming

    As most of you know I am not much of a gamer. Even working for Microsoft I didn’t have an Xbox for the longest time.  Well my kids have had one for a couple of years now, they love it. Kinect has totally changed the game, hard to think it’s been...
  • Chris Avis and Mark Minasi

    My co-worker Chris Avis (does what I do but in Washington State area) did a great interview with Mark Minasi.  Mark is a well know keynote speaker that does many talks about Microsoft Technologies.  Chris broke up the interviews into two sections...
  • More Cloud Resources Yung Chou

      My Co-worker Yung Chou   has done a bunch of work lately online about Cloud Computing. I thought I would share those resources here with you.   Chou’s Theories of Cloud Computing: The 5-3-2 Principle System Center Virtual Machine Manager...