By any measurement, 2013 has been a HUGE year for launches here at Microsoft – but, ultimately, the value of these new products will be judged by how much they help organizations increase their competitiveness and how much they help IT Pros and end-users do their jobs better than ever before. MORE
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
Today, Microsoft announced the launch of the Microsoft Cloud OS Network. The Cloud OS Network is a program consisting of over 25 leading cloud service providers who have embraced the Cloud OS vision. These organizations offer solutions based on the Microsoft Cloud Platform designed to meet customers’ hybrid computing needs. The Microsoft Cloud Platform consists of Windows Server with Hyper-V, System Center and Windows Azure Pack. MORE
If you spend your days wrangling devices and your night times ruminating, here’s your chance to do both! Write a poem that shows us how you manage devices, data, and apps in your workplace, putting a fun spin on BYOD, and you could win an Xbox 360 with Kinect bundle. MORE
Planning a Hybrid Cloud is also an opportunity to rethink the way you operate. If there are inefficiencies you’ve identified in the past, this planning process is an opportunity to isolate them and characterize improved processes. In other words, resist the temptation to migrate how you do things today to your new hybrid environment – instead, focus on how this kind of infrastructure can improve how your organization operates at every level. MORE
We are pleased to announce a new application that will allow both Developers and IT Professionals to access Microsoft information from a variety of panes of glass. The Microsoft Tech Companion is now available for download. This application brings you the latest news on products, features, and upcoming events, virtually anywhere. Customize feeds to surface the content that matter most to you. Search for answers from a consolidated database of Microsoft content. MORE
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
Searching for great technical information is tough – and finding the right place to contribute and show off great content that you’ve either written or discovered is also challenging. With our new content service Curah!, we have a way to make both those tasks easier. MORE
Microsoft has focused on creating a hybrid model that is dramatically different and more functional than any other cloud approach in the industry. This hybrid functionality comes in-box, at enterprise scale, within the Windows software you already know and love – and this simplified and streamlined setup is very good news for enterprises that need to simplify and streamline their IT infrastructure. MORE
The worldwide launch of Visual Studio 2013 is today. Join Microsoft executives S. Somasegar, Scott Guthrie, and Brian Harry at 7:00am PST for the keynote. Other events will follow throughout the day. Sessions will be recorded and shared later if you can't catch them all live. MORE
In any region, at any size, in any industry, an enterprise’s IT infrastructure has an enormous impact on the success of that organization. There are as many infrastructure setups and strategies as there are enterprises, with each IT team tailoring it to the unique and changing needs of that business. At Microsoft we are realistic about how quickly and dramatically the needs of a datacenter can change, and that is why we enable a Hybrid Cloud IT model. This post is the first in a multi-part series that this blog will feature as a detailed overview of Microsoft’s Hybrid Cloud approach to enterprise IT. MORE
One of the big requests we've had from developers and administrator is to have an option to create multiple Windows Azure Active Directories that they can use for development and test purposes, or because they want to have separate directories to synchronize with their local Windows Server AD forests.
I'm happy to let you know that we heard this feedback, and with we've recently added features to simplify the experience for creating and managing additional directories. MORE
On Wednesday at Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) event in New York, I joined Cisco CEO John Chambers to announce an expanded partnership between our two companies.
Microsoft and Cisco have a long history of collaborating to help customers address business and technology challenges. Together, we helped customers embrace IP-based client server computing and, most recently, with our pre-validated solutions, we’ve helped customers like ING Direct, nGenx, and the City of Barcelona embrace the private cloud. MORE
The building clouds team produced a fantastic video about converting virtual machines to Hyper-V. It is light hearted and funny, but it also has some solid technical information for your consideration. MORE
More and more small and medium-sized businesses are beginning to adopt mainstream cloud services such as Office 365. While adopting cloud services helps to increase IT capabilities and also provides predictable operational costs, it leads to a new challenge—how to manage on-premises resources and cloud services effectively. In Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the Dashboard continues to play an important role in addressing this new challenge. MORE
At Microsoft, we create and deliver first party apps (both on-premises and in our cloud datacenters), as well as host the apps that our customers and partners build. All of this runs on our own network infrastructure alongside workloads like Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Xbox Live, and Office 365.
Our experiences with key workloads like these help us to deeply understand what is required to deliver infrastructure and networking that is optimized for the apps that enterprises need most. MORE