Crack the Cloud Contest

Crack the cloud and advance your career with a full-featured, no-cost product evaluation. You’ll get hands-on with System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, while earning ballots for amazing prizes! Tell a friend to boost your chances! Plus, every friend who participates helps grow the Grand Prize Cloud up…


Private, Hybrid, Public: What Cloud Keeps Your Organization Connected?

Which cloud service is right for my organization?                                 Microsoft prides itself in providing three base offerings of cloud services: Private, Hybrid and Public. All three have their advantages and so organizations must do their due diligence to ensure the best fitting option is chosen. Ensuring the right fit for your organizations implementation will…

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Tame Your Organization’s Infrastructure Via Free Microsoft Courseware

Knowledge has always been an IT Professionals best weapon.  A statement made many a time, but IT Professional knowledge actually breaks down into two parts: studied and practical. Both parts are symbiotic, like ying and yang, as practical knowledge requires studied knowledge to flourish.  Certification is a testament to the knowledge acquired.  It acts as…


Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and the Private Cloud

Guest blog post by Jerry Dyer, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft – a man very passionate about private cloud and the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF). Thanks, Jerry! —————————————————————————- If you’ve ever felt frustrated because Microsoft seems to think technology alone solves every problem, this might come as a pleasant surprise. Microsoft, in addition to its…

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Monitoring the Almighty App

While those of us in server and network infrastructure may sometimes look down on our developer colleagues because, after all, without us their applications wouldn’t have anything to run on, in truth it’s really all about the app. Without applications, there wouldn’t be a need for our servers, desktops, or networks. Alas, we continue to…

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Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon…with Microsoft Private Cloud

These days around the Microsoft Canada office and particularly in my little corner of the world, everyone is laser focused on getting IT folks downloading, learning and certified on Microsoft technologies…specifically private cloud technologies. And just to give you a bit of incentive, we’ve come up with The Skyrocket Sweepstakes. Y’know…for anyone in IT who…

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AlignIT Manager Tech Talk #10: Managing Your Private Cloud with System Center

There’s no denying that virtualization has transformed our datacentres and redefined how we do IT, giving us more capacity and savings. Now, private cloud capabilities take us one step further providing the agility IT needs to truly provide IT as a service. The beauty of a private cloud is that it takes characteristics of a…

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Microsoft Private Cloud part 3: VMware private cloud and per-VM licensing

A new whitepaper was released in January comparing private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware, taking a look at the functionality, benefits and economics of each solution. This series of blog posts breaks down the components of the whitepaper into consumable chunks and I’ve added my own commentary. Read the entire series >> Licensing a…

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