Here you will find a quick synopsis of all news from Microsoft’s Cloud Platform organization as it is released with links to additional information.
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Q&A: Muglia Discusses the Latest News for Server and Tools
For a snapshot of Server and Tools news over the last few weeks, take a look at the Executive Q&A with Bob Muglia on Microsoft News Center.
PASS Summit 2010
PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) Summit 2010 kicked off on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 with a keynote address from Ted Kummert, SVP, Business Platform Division. Some of the exciting announcements made during the keynote, which focused on providing enterprise customers with a complete approach to deploying, managing, accessing and delivering their most mission critical business intelligence and cloud applications, include:
For more information about PASS announcements, visit the SQL Server Team Blog.
Tech·Ed Europe 2010 News
TechEd Europe 2010 kicked off on Monday, November 8, 2010 in Berlin, Germany with a keynote by Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Management and Security Division. The on-demand replay is available at the Microsoft Cloud Virtual Pressroom.
At PDC10 Microsoft announced enhancements to its Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering, the Windows Azure Platform. At TechEd, Microsoft provided more information about how its comprehensive cloud strategy - spanning the public and private cloud - can help organizations meet their unique business needs. While PaaS represents the future of cloud computing, many organizations today require high levels of control or customization within their own IT environments.
Microsoft's approach to the cloud includes Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), so customers and partners can build private cloud solutions on top of their existing datacenter investments. Windows Server, Hyper-V, and System Center comprise fully integrated server, virtualization, and management solutions. At TechEd, the company announced Hyper-V Cloud, a set of programs and initiatives that help customers and partners deploy private clouds on their own terms. The programs include:
In addition, Microsoft also announced:
For more information about TechEd news, check out the TechEd Europe Fact Sheet and the Cloud Virtual Pressroom.
Microsoft releases new whitepaper: "The Economics of the Cloud"
Cloud computing is transforming IT, but what will the future of IT look like? Microsoft conducted extensive analysis of the economic factors underlying cloud computing. Today, Microsoft is sharing these insights publicly with a new whitepaper, "The Economics of the Cloud." Microsoft explores the underlying economics that are driving this trend. Our analysis uncovers significant economies of scale that generate up to 80% cost savings over time. This, combined with the greatly increased agility cloud offers, will enable IT to increase its relevance to the business by focusing more on innovation and spending less time 'keeping the lights on.' In light of this, we provide crucial guidance on how CIOs can harness these economies of scale and agility benefits by architecting their IT organization for the cloud.
We invite you to read the full paper. For more information, you can also visit the Cloud Virtual Presskit on Microsoft News Center.
IT as a Service: Transforming IT with the Windows Azure Platform
Cloud computing represents a fundamental transformation in IT, one that lets a company focus on driving business success rather than running infrastructure. To enable that shift, Microsoft offers Windows Azure, a complement to the Windows Server platform that provides a common application, identity, and management architecture to enable a new breed of cloud computing applications.
To learn how Windows Azure can help organizations increase business value and lower IT costs by extending IT across both private and public cloud computing scenarios, check out the whitepaper at: http://download.microsoft.com/download/C/D/A/CDAE9B95-F03A-4C80-AC07-3B03AF42817B/ITasaService-v1.pdf.
Microsoft WebMatrix Beta 3 now available
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced the release of WebMatrix beta 3. Microsoft WebMatrix makes it easy for anyone to create a new web site using a template or an existing free open source application, customize it, and then publish it on the internet via a wide choice of hosting service providers. The beta includes many updates and bug fixes as well as performance improvements.
For more information please visit http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix.
Microsoft announces Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials
Microsoft announced a new storage server targeted to small business owners, Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is part of the Windows Storage Server family of network attached storage appliances. It shares common features and usability with both Windows Home Server Code Name "Vail" and Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials, including Server and PC backup, streaming media support, console driven administration and network health monitoring.
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials will be available through many OEM vendors who will offer multiple form factors, and will be available in H1 2011. To learn more about Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials, visit the Official Windows Storage Server Blog.
Announcing Windows Small Business Server 2011
Since we announced the availability of the beta version of Windows Small Business Server codename "Aurora" and Windows Small Business Server codename "7," both products have been downloaded more than 9,000 times through both our partner and customer community. Earlier this month, Microsoft also announced the final names, pricing, licensing and estimated availability for the next generation of the Small Business Server family currently in public preview.
To learn more about the Windows Small Business Server Family, download the family overview brochure and to download previews of SBS 2011 Standard and Essentials you can visit here.
Cloud-Based Billing Solutions Provider Speeds Delivery of Innovative Toolkit for ISVs Zuora, a developer of online subscription management and billing applications, wanted to provide ISVs and developers with a way to quickly infuse cloud-based solutions with end-to-end commerce capabilities. Zuora opted to develop a toolkit for the Windows Azure platform, a cloud operating system that provides developers with on-demand compute and storage resources to build, host, manage, and scale applications. By using Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio and taking advantage of the interoperability and flexibility of the Windows Azure Development Fabric, Zuora was able to roll out its Zuora Toolkit for Windows Azure two weeks ahead of schedule. For more information visit: www.windowsazure.com/evidence.
Microsoft Takes Home the Gold in Various Product Awards
In the first half of November, Microsoft's STB products have garnered several awards: