• Going Deep on Virtualization and Templates

    IT Pro’s can provide their users with a self-service experience on-prem that matches what application owners are experiencing in Windows Azure. The way to do this is with Windows Azure Pack – a free solution with an “out of box”...
  • SQL Server 2014 releases April 1

    SQL Server 2014, Microsoft’s cloud first data platform, released to manufacturing today Today, Quentin Clark, corporate vice president of the Data Platform Group, announced that SQL Server 2014, the foundation of Microsoft’s cloud-first...
  • Making Big Data Work for All

    This week, Microsoft announced the general availability of Power BI for Office 365, and that support for Hadoop 2.2 clusters is now in preview for Windows Azure HDInsight, our cloud-based Hadoop Service. At Microsoft, we are striving to put the power...
  • How We Think About Data Visualizations

    Data visualizations represent a way to distill information to what matters most. They engage our brains, which are inherently designed to detect data patterns quickly, and they make us more productive. By nature, data visualizations inherently invite...
  • SQL Server 2014 now Generally Available

    Microsoft today released Microsoft SQL Server 2014 , the foundation of our cloud-first data platform. SQL Server 2014 delivers breakthrough performance with new and enhanced in-memory technologies to help customers accelerate their business and enable...
  • Enterprise Mobility for Every Business and Every Device

    Earlier today in San Francisco, Satya spoke about the wide-ranging work Microsoft is doing to deliver a cloud for everyone and every device . Satya’s remarks certainly covered a lot of ground – including big announcements about the availability...
  • Introducing Our New CEO, Satya Nadella

    Microsoft today named Satya Nadella its next Chief Executive Officer. Formerly executive vice president of the company’s Cloud and Enterprise group, Nadella led the development of one of the largest cloud infrastructures in the world. Meet Microsoft’s...
  • Innovation in the Data Platform Continuum

    The North Star that guides our work on the modern data platform is to deliver products and integrated services that empower developers to build high performance applications that are flexible and scale free. We talk about the data platform as a continuum...
  • Avoiding Lock-In for Success with the Hybrid Cloud

    With the Cloud OS vision, we are dedicated to enabling choice for both providers and consumers of services. When developing a hybrid cloud strategy , evaluate your options with lock-in avoidance as a top priority. Ask yourself whether your strategy puts...
  • Announcing the General Availability of Power BI for Office 365: Analyze, Visualize and Share Data in the Cloud

    Today, Microsoft announced that Power BI for Office 365, a cloud-based business intelligence service that gives people a powerful new way to work with data in the tools they use every day, is now available. The capabilities that Power BI brings will not...
  • How the Retail Industry Can Benefit from the Hybrid Cloud

    In the retail industry, a Hybrid Cloud offers a number of real, substantial advantages that can maximize every dollar of your IT budget. Today we examine three key areas where a Hybrid environment can have a huge impact, including scale, high availability...
  • Life in the Digital Crosshairs: The Untold Story

    Earlier this month, Microsoft launched "Life in the Digital Crosshairs," a rich interactive and compelling story that takes readers through a journey on the early days of internet based threats like Code Red and how Microsoft was able to fundamentally...
  • Success with the Hybrid Cloud in the Disaster Recovery Scenario

    The cloud has made Disaster Recovery (DR) simple and cost effective, turning TR from once being a luxury to a requirement. Although having a DR strategy is widely considered a base-line requirement for many organizations, some still do not have a DR plan...
  • Inside View: The Virtuous Cycle of Cloud Computing

    We believe that the learnings we are getting from the public cloud should be delivered for all the world to benefit. In fact, Microsoft is the only organization in the world operating a globally available, at-scale public cloud that delivers back everything...
  • Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) now available for Windows 8

    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003. MORE

  • Save Time and Money with a Hybrid Cloud

    A Hybrid Cloud allows an enterprise to compliment on-premises capacity with cloud infrastructure services on an as-needed basis to offer a high degree of flexibility to enterprises who need to add capacity yet maintain certain resources on-premises for...
  • New Virtualization Certification Announced - Future Proof and go Bilingual

    The IT industry never slows down and IT pros are constantly assessing what’s next and what’s best – not only for their business, but also for their careers. The virtualization world is going through a big inflection point, and this is leading to a lot of noise and conflicting information in the marketplace. Over the last several years, VMware experts have seen a big benefit to their careers from the widespread adoption of virtualization, but everyone is also looking ahead to what’s next. With this in mind, I am happy to announce two brand new resources from Microsoft that help bring more IT professionals along on the journey: A new Microsoft Virtualization certification, as well as a brand new website, Virtualization2. MORE

  • Expanded and Free Resources for VMware Experts

    Back in October, w announced some new resources from Microsoft to help VMware Experts “Future-Proof” their career.  The resources included the new Microsoft Virtualization Certification, free live training to prep for the cert, and a voucher to take the new cert exam for free.  And here’s the good news for you:  We are now making the course available for free, on-demand and we are also offering the free exam voucher to IT pros who take this on-demand version of the training. MORE

  • Mobile Device Management from a People-centric Approach

    Microsoft’s vision is to enable people to be productive on all devices they love while helping IT ensure that corporate assets are secure and protected. This focus on a people-centric approach to solving BYO and consumerization challenges has led...
  • An Inside Look at the Microsoft Data Platform Vision

    Over the last year, you probably observed some changes in Microsoft’s data platform work -- in our product approach and how we talk about our products. We ramped-up our energy and sharpened our focus on the opportunities of cloud computing. As we...
  • FREE Windows Server 2012 Virtual Labs

    Everyone loves a great deal, and free is about as good as it gets. So why not take advantage of some free training resources from Microsoft in the form of virtual labs?  It’s a great way to learn all about Microsoft technologies without having to buy hardware in order to set up and train yourself.  Let us do the hard stuff so you can focus on learning. The server team just posted four new virtual labs we wanted to bring to your attention: MORE

  • The Components of a Hybrid Cloud

    For a lot of IT pros, the last two posts have been a nice overview of the Hybrid Cloud model, but they’ve been waiting to get technical. Starting with this post, I’ll begin a deep look at the specific technology that supports and maximizes Hybrid Clouds, as well as the tools available for use in this environment. A lot of IT pros are looking for how to build this, and in this post I’ll identify what those component pieces are, and take a look at the work Microsoft is doing to provide support for these hybrid scenarios. MORE

  • The data platform for a new era

    Earlier today, Microsoft hosted a customer event in San Francisco where I joined CEO Satya Nadella and COO Kevin Turner to share our perspective on the role of data in business. Satya outlined his vision of a platform built for an era of ambient intelligence...
  • Let's Talk TechEd North America 2014

    This year at TechEd 2014, by including the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) within the event, we'll be gathering the most knowledgeable crowd of IT Pros and Enterprise Developers ever assembled. As the premier source of deep technical content, you...
  • Best Practices for Operating Your Hybrid Cloud - Health monitoring and Self-service

    In this post we’ll examine two critical aspects of hybrid cloud operations: Health monitoring and self-service, including how to identify and troubleshoot some of the most common maintenance questions and obstacles. To successfully operate your Hybrid...