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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/
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 kicked off the first day of Microsoft’s 2010 Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington D.C.
Top on the agenda is cloud computing. Cloud computing is creating a transformative change and opportunity for customers and partners, enabling what is called IT-as-a -Service.
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 services platform, the Windows Azure platform, and with our server 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 Microsoft Blog.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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, 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:
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.
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.