Private Clouds: Believe it or not?

Recently there has been some healthy debate around the validity of “private clouds” and whether such a construct is new or just a different name for virtualization and automated provisioning, i.e. a marketecture. In this corner for the anti-Private Cloud sentiment, we have the 2009 Prediction – Rise and Fall of the Private Cloud which…

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Everything you ever wanted to know about VHDs

The Virtual Hard Disk Getting Started Guide is 61 pages of great info outlining all the relevant scenarios, configurations, and options for using VHD files. This was release about 3 weeks ago but I missed it at the time due to training and TechReady9. The guide outlines basic scenarios like booting Windows 7 or Server…

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Cloud Computing: Taxes Analogous to Atmospheric Pressure

In a blog posting earlier this week, the Azure team announced that they would be moving all Azure applications out of our “USA – Northwest” datacenter. I was fascinated by this given that the stated reason for this move is a change in local tax law which presumably make it less financially attractive to offer…

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TechReady9 Day 4 and 5 Wrap-up

Day 4 and 5 of TechReady were action packed, I didn’t even have time to post yesterday. I skipped the first session timeslot on Thurs to prepare for the double session I was presenting with Citrix. The double session format basically allocates two sessions (3 hours) to one topic letting you get into a lot…

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TechReady9 Day 3 Wrap-up

Day 3 kicked off with a keynote by Ray Ozzie and several very cool demos on UI futures, what’s coming across some of the Bing features, and some stuff MSR is working on. There was also a good discussion of how concepts move from MSR, to Labs, then into the product groups. Next up was…

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TechReady9 Day 2 Wrap-up

Day 2 at TechReady was packed with technical sessions, no keynotes. In the morning I attended a session on model driven development. Not yet an infrastructure architecture related technology but as I mentioned yesterday regarding System Center, Microsoft is investing in a big way in modeling. The “Oslo” set of technologies is the foundation for…

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TechReady9 Day 1 Wrap-up

TechReady is always motivating and day one of TechReady 9 was no different as thousands of folks from Microsoft’s field organization (Consulting, Support, Sales, etc) take over the Washington State Conference & Trade Center in Seattle. The day one keynote was headlined by Microsoft’s COO Kevin Turner who reviewed last year’s challenging environment and our…

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Completing 5 days of Forefront Protection Suite (Stirling) Training

Last week I came out to Redmond for 5 days of training on the Forefront Protection Suite, formerly Forefront codenamed “Stirling”. The final name was announced at the Worldwide Partner Conference: Forefront codename “Stirling” – the next generation of the Forefront Security Suite for integrated,  comprehensive protection across endpoints, servers and the edge – will…

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Great Advice

Sean Olson has a fantastic post called “What I Wish I Knew at 21”. Take five minutes and read it, I guarantee you’ll find it useful and thought provoking.

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Virtualization and Cloud Computing Real-time Feeds!

As mentioned here and in a few other posts, I’ve been using Friendfeed and Twitter quite a bit over the last couple months. I’ve been extremely impressed with Friendfeed in particular. I’ve created two Friendfeed groups that I’ve been posting content to in addition to my main feed. The groups are: Microsoft Virtualization Cloud Infrastructure…

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