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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.
<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>
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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.”
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, during an online webcast, “Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud”, Satya Nadella, Microsoft Server & Tools Business president and Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of the Management and Security Division, discussed how Microsoft is making the private cloud real for customers now, helping businesses move faster, save money and better compete in 2012.
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Microsoft and Dell Help Customers Move from Virtualization to Private Cloud ComputingYesterday, Microsoft and Dell announced Dell vStart 200m, another solution from the companies’ three-year initiative to help customers deploy and manage virtualization and private cloud technologies. The pre-built appliance brings together the best of Dell and Microsoft technology to give customers virtualization, simply and at scale.
Microsoft Featured in Leading Analyst Firm Research on BI and Data Warehouse Systems
Earlier this week, Gartner published its latest Magic Quadrants for Business Intelligence Platforms and Data Warehouse Database Management Systems. These key research reports assist Gartner clients in navigating important vendor selection decisions. Microsoft was included in both of these Magic Quadrant evaluations, with Leaders Quadrant positioning for both.
SQL Azure Announces Reduced Pricing and New 100MB Database Option
SQL Azure has announced that it is lowering its prices and is introducing a 100MB database option, in efforts to meet evolving customer needs across both ends of the database size spectrum. The price reductions and new entry-level database option are the result of both customer feedback and evolving usage patterns which have emerged.
One of the entertainment industry’s leading organizations chose to use a Windows Azure solution for its data needs. The Screen Actors Guild moved their Linux based website to Azure to support their biggest annual event, the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Each year, the Screen Actors Guild experiences increased traffic to its awards site, which peaks the eve of its annual award ceremony. The ceremony marks SAG’s biggest traffic day of the year.