Keith Combs' Blahg

Ramblings from another nerd on the grid

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Private Cloud Summit - registration open and seats still available

    Join us at the Microsoft Private Cloud Summit with the “Best of Microsoft Management Summit”! Learn about how the new System Center 2012 can help you manage nearly everything in your infrastructure – from the desktop, to devices, to datacenter and the cloud. At this one-day event, you...
  • Blog Post: Halo 4 Team Uses Agile, Cloud-Based Big Data Solution

    The Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. To date, more than 50 million copies of Halo video games have been sold worldwide. As developers prepared to launch Halo 4, they were tasked with analyzing data to gain insights into...
  • Blog Post: SKYPE!!!

    REDMOND, Wash., and LUXEMBOURG – May 10, 2011 – Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: “MSFT”) and Skype Global S.à r.l today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Skype, the leading Internet communications company, for $8.5 billion in cash from the investor...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Media Services Announced

    LAS VEGAS — April 16, 2012 — At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2012 conference today, Microsoft Corp. announced new media services and guidance to enable content providers and customers to realize the power of cloud computing. The new cloud-based Windows Azure Media Services is designed...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Fundamentals Video Series: Comparing Security Controls

    My friends at the Trustworthy Computing group have been producing a number of videos with industry experts in various Cloud topics.  Tim Rains interviews Kellie Ann Chainier in this installment on the subject of Security Controls.  Click the pic above to head over to the video on the Showcase...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Active Directory Processes 200 Billion Authentications

    At Microsoft, we have been on a transformative journey to cloud computing and we have been working with customers every step of the way. Millions of customers have embraced the cloud and we are excited to share the news that we’ve reached a major milestone in cloud scale computing.  Since the inception...
  • Blog Post: TechMentor Early Bird Discount Ends Next Week - reserve your spot now

    Interested in going to Seattle for some great technical sessions?  The TechMentor Conference is in August on the Microsoft Campus in the Briefing Center.  The early bird registration deadline looms next week so be sure to book your reservation and save. See the main site at http://techmentorevents...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe 2010 - Day 1

    Early Bird Gets the Worm TechEd Europe 2010 kicked off today in Berlin, Germany.  My brain decided the conference needed to start at 4:45am Berlin time Monday and there was no convincing it to go back to sleep.  I think that’s like 9:45pm Sunday Dallas time. I knew right then I wasn’t going...
  • Blog Post: Platform Delivered! Windows and Visual Studio RTM

    Today is another exciting day for Developers and IT Professionals as we mark a new milestone for the Visual Studio and Windows product families.  Visual Studio 2012, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have reached the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) phase and will soon be available for download. ...
  • Blog Post: It’s Time for Cloud First

    I know there is a flurry of information hitting you from all sides right now, but I wanted to being some important links and information to your attention. First up is a blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2013/06/03/microsoft-is-cloud-first-at-teched-north-america-2013-day-1...
  • Blog Post: Office 365 Home Premium Announced

    NEW YORK — Jan. 29, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced worldwide availability of Office 365 Home Premium, a reinvention of the company’s flagship Office product line for consumers. Office 365 Home Premium is a cloud service designed for busy households and people juggling ever-increasing work and...
  • Blog Post: We have lift off - Office 365 blasts off into the clouds

    NEW YORK — June 28, 2011 — Today, at media events around the world, Microsoft Corp. announced the availability of Microsoft Office 365 , the company’s newest cloud service. Office 365 is now available in 40 markets, and it brings together Microsoft Office, Microsoft SharePoint Online, Microsoft Exchange...
  • Blog Post: Cloud OS Trivia Challenge - check out the cool prizes

    http://www.cloudoschallenge.com
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Cloud Scale - By The Numbers

    From time to time Microsoft VP, Frank Shaw, likes to do a blog post that has some numbers to indicate the scope of what we do at Microsoft.  We thought you might enjoy a few numbers around our Cloud services.  If the graphic above is too small, go ahead and click it and the full sized version...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Outlook.com

    There was a lot of news today.  I went to login into my Hotmail account this morning at 11am CST and was fascinated to find a whole new look and feel.  Sure enough, about two minutes later I see the press release and blog post about outlook.com. Very cool. Here’s a video showcasing some of...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1 Beta - Supporting Windows Server 2012, Azure Virtual Machine Mgmt and more!

    Microsoft’s Private Cloud is built on the industry leading foundation of Windows Server and System Center. The System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) update enables System Center to run on and manage the final version of Windows Server 2012, released earlier this week . System Center 2012 SP1 brings...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 RC now available for download

    Go get it @ http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9796988 . Here’s some bedtime reading while you watch the download, download. ======= A Microsoft private cloud dramatically changes the way your business produces and consumes IT services by creating a layer of abstraction over your pooled IT resources. This...
  • Blog Post: Exchange Online Overview - Domain and User Setup

    For the past couple of years I’ve been on our hosted Exchange services for my personal email.  Because it was the dogfood service, it isn’t exactly the same service that you can buy at microsoft.com/online .  I decided to take the plunge and purchase a real production subscription to Exchange...
  • Blog Post: What is IaaS ?

    In defining Infrastructure as a Service we need to drill into specific characteristics that a cloud platform provider must provide to be considered Infrastructure as a Service. This has been no easy task as nearly every cloud platform provider has recently promoted features and services designed to address...