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If you’re in IT you are likely pulled between an almost infinite need for more computing power to deliver business solutions and the ever increasing demands for greater agility, higher efficiency and lower costs. Fortunately, you can now deliver on these seemingly contradictory demands by leveraging the benefits of cloud computing with our public and private cloud solutions. And they are only going to get better.
Today we are excited to give you a sneak peek at the next step in private cloud computing by showing you just two of hundreds of new capabilities coming in the next version of Windows Server, internally code-named “Windows Server 8.”
Cloud computing is as big a transformation, and opportunity, as the technology industry has ever seen. Partners and customers can look to Microsoft for the most comprehensive cloud strategy and offerings, in order to improve their business agility, focus and economics. Today, at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced tools and solutions to help partners capitalize on the opportunities, as well as examples of partners and customers already finding success.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials Now Available In All Channels
On July 7, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (SBS 2011 Essentials).
Today Robert Wahbe, STB corporate vice president, posted to the Official Microsoft Blog, writing: “While the path to cloud computing might be different for each customer, the economics, agility and focus the cloud provides will eventually prove irresistible to customers. For our partners, the resulting economic opportunity to work with those customers will, I believe, be equally irresistible.”Following Monday and Tuesday announcements from the Worldwide Partner Conference, today Microsoft announced updates to the Microsoft Partner Network. The company will invest $5.8 billion in tools, training and incentives throughout fiscal year 2012 to better help partners grow their businesses and meet evolving technology needs of customers.
Code Project announced that Microsoft Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) won the Team Collaboration Software Award at the Code Project 2011 Members Choice Awards. With approximately 40 categories, these awards were voted on by members of the Code Project, who were asked to rate their favorite development products and tools from across the industry.
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Today, Microsoft released Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to manufacturing and announced that it will be available to customers on February 22, 2011.
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 enables sophisticated desktop virtualization capabilities that build on the comprehensive virtualization functionality already included in the Windows Server operating system. Specifically as a result of customer feedback, Microsoft has enabled:
What an exciting week at Tech Ed for Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track! It started with the announcement of NetApp and Cisco joining the program and bringing their solution to market immediately, joining our previous partners HP, Dell, IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu and NEC. Yesterday Fujitsu announced that their Fast Track offering is available, which is based on their PRIMERGY BX900 blade server system and ETERNUS storage systems. To find out more information about work Microsoft has been doing with Hyper V Cloud Fast Track partners, see today’s blog post here http://blogs.technet.com/b/virtualization/
Microsoft and Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) announced today that together they are utilizing the Windows Azure platform to build a global platform for next-generation applications that support in-car communications, GPS and information systems - commonly known as telematics.
Since we announced the availability of the beta version of Windows Small Business Server Code name “Aurora” and Windows Small Business Server “7”, both products have been downloaded more than 9000 times through bout our partner and customer community. Today as we move forward with these new releases, Microsoft is announcing the final names, pricing, licensing and estimated availability for the next generation of the Small Business Server family currently in public preview.
This week’s edition of News Thursday provides news from the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011. For information on additional MMS news from Tuesday and Wednesday, visit the Cloud Virtual Pressroom.
Today, HP and Microsoft Corp. announced application appliances that will help organizations optimize employee productivity and reduce IT complexity. By fusing applications, infrastructure and productivity tools into a single system, these new appliances deliver business services in a box and replace customized and proprietary appliances that can take up to 18 months to implement. These quick to deploy appliances help employees make better decisions, communicate with others and improve productivity.
Today, many organizations have separate endpoint security and management infrastructures, which requires two sets of maintenance efforts, policies, and incident response procedures.
Microsoft today announced the release of Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010 (FEP), the next generation of Forefront Client Security, to help customers align the disciplines of client security and management. By taking advantage of this converged infrastructure, organizations can improve desktop protection and lower operational costs.
As previously announced at PDC 2010, Microsoft is now delivering updates to the Windows Azure platform to further enable Platform as a service (PaaS), where developers and business will ultimately see the true value of the cloud. Today, Microsoft is delivering:
Today Microsoft announced the release and availability of System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3. Organizations of all sizes use System Center Configuration Manager for better insight and control of their servers, PCs and devices across physical, virtual and distributed environments. Now, R3 brings a complete set of power management tools for Green IT, enabling customers to centrally manage PC power setting and to reduce energy consumption and costs. Configuration Manager R3 also provides the licenses for mobile device management, so administrators can run comprehensive asset inventories, deploy software, manage settings and enforce password policies for Windows phones.
It’s been a busy few weeks for the Server and Tools Business, with announcements at PDC10, TechEd Europe and the PASS (Professional Association for SQL Server) Summit 2010. At PDC and TechEd Europe, Microsoft launched several new products and updates, including tools and resources to help customers more easily develop and deploy cloud applications and a new set of Hyper-V Cloud programs that help businesses more efficiently build their own cloud infrastructures. The consistent theme across all announcements is that Microsoft’s offerings enable partners and customers to extend their current investments to take advantage of new solutions that drive efficiency and meet business demands.
<p class="posted-by">Posted by <span class="author">STB Blogger</span></p><p>Today kicked off the first day of Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C. </p><p></p><p>Top on the agenda is cloud computing. Cloud computing is creating a transformative change and opportunity for customers and partners, enabling what is called <i>IT-as-a -Service</i>.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Microsoft is working with its partners to lead the way for customers to capitalize on IT-as-a-Service with a comprehensive offering of services, both our <i>services</i> platform, the Windows Azure platform, and with our <i>server</i> platform, including Windows Server. Robert Wahbe, corporate vice president of the Server and Tools Business shares a little more perspective on what IT-as-a-Service means for the company, for customers and for partners on the <a href="/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2010/07/12/realizing-the-promise-of-cloud-with-microsoft.aspx">Microsoft Blog</a>.</p>
“Daytona” now available for download, brings cloud to scientists’ fingertips
On July 18, at the 12th annual Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, Microsoft Research announced details of a new platform for Windows Azure, code-named “Daytona.” “Daytona” supports a wide class of data analytics and machine learning algorithms. This toolkit, available free to scientists and researchers, is Microsoft Research’s answer to the scientific community’s plea for a computational runtime for data analysis and machine learning over their big data sets.
Intuit and Microsoft Expand Partnership with Latest Windows Azure SDK for Intuit Partner Platform
Yesterday, Intuit announced that the company is increasing its investment to more tightly integrate the Intuit Partner Platform with Windows Azure. This will provide developers and channel partners the tools to deliver solutions that reach the millions of people that use QuickBooks and other Intuit financial software.
Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate Available Today
We are excited to announce today that the release candidate of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 is available at the Microsoft Download Center as a product download or a pre-configured VHD. VMM is a key component of System Center 2012, which provides a common management toolset for private and public cloud applications and services. Today Microsoft confirmed System Center 2012 will be generally available to customers in the first half of the calendar year 2012.
Today, at the BUILD conference, Microsoft showcased its cloud computing development tools and service platforms to help developers flexibly create and deliver powerful applications on their choice of the public cloud, the private cloud or a combination of both. In his keynote, Server and Tools President Satya Nadella highlighted how developers can look to Windows Azure, Windows Server and the Visual Studio common development tools across both to deliver new applications to a range of connected devices. Today’s news is outlined below.
Dell announces vStart 50m for Windows Server Hyper-V On Tuesday, Dell announced the release of vStart 50m, the newest offering in Dell’s vStart line and the first to support Windows Server Hyper-V. vStart 50m, a pre-built virtualization appliance, brings together Dell hardware and software with Windows Server Hyper-V, helping organizations quickly and easily achieve the benefits of virtualization and shortening the path to private cloud. Customers in the U.S. and Canada can get started today. Availability in additional countries will be announced within the next few weeks.
Today, as Oracle touts their CRM offerings at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, the Microsoft Dynamics team is asking customers why they should settle for a customer resource management (CRM) solution that is expensive, inflexible and hard to use while continuing on the forced march toward Fusion.
Today Microsoft released new features and functionally for Windows Azure, including new open source capabilities, SQL Azure Database improvements and a simplified Windows Azure billing and management experience.