Success with Hybrid Cloud: The Components of a Hybrid Cloud

For a lot of IT pros, the last two posts (here and here) have been a nice overview of the Hybrid Cloud model, but they’ve been waiting to get technical. Starting with this post, I’ll begin a deep look at the specific technology that supports and maximizes Hybrid Clouds, as well as the tools available… Read more

Success with Hybrid Cloud: Defining “Hybrid”

In any region, at any size, in any industry, an enterprise’s IT infrastructure has an enormous impact on the success of that organization. There are as many infrastructure setups and strategies as there are enterprises, with each IT team tailoring it to the unique and changing needs of that business. At Microsoft we are realistic… Read more

Networking Without Limits: SDN

After nearly 40 years of creating enterprise software, there are few companies who have come to appreciate the importance of infrastructure in the quite the way we have at Microsoft. We recognize that to host great software and great apps, you need an equally great infrastructure for your datacenter. At Microsoft, we create and deliver… Read more

TechNet Radio: The 3rd Installment from the What’s New in 2012 R2 Series

A few days ago I got to sit down with the guys from TechNet Radio to talk about the third pillar of our “What’s New in 2012 R2” series – Enable Modern Business Apps. We conclude this three-episode series by discussing why it’s important for IT pros to understand how modern apps function (hint:  it’s… Read more

What’s New in 2012 R2: Hybrid Networking

Part 7 of a 9-part series. Today’s post is the first of two sections; to read the second half, click here. One of the foundational requirements we called out in the 2012 R2 vision document was our promise to help you transform the datacenter. A core part of delivering on that promise is enabling Hybrid… Read more

What’s New in 2012 R2: Identity Management for Hybrid IT

Part 6 of a 9-part series. Leaders in any industry have one primary responsibility in common: Sifting through the noise to identify the right areas to focus on and invest their organization’s time, money, and people. This was especially true during our planning for the 2012 R2 wave of products; and this planning identified four… Read more

What’s New in 2012 R2: Service Provider & Tenant IaaS Experience

  Part 5 of a 9-part series. Today’s post is the 2nd of two sections; to read the first half, click here. I recently had an opportunity to speak with a number of leaders from the former VMWare User Group (VMUG), and it was an incredibly educational experience. I say “former” because many of the… Read more

What’s New in 2012 R2: IaaS Innovations

 Part 5 of a 9-part series. Today’s post has two sections; the second half is here. One of the industry metrics that I follow closely every quarter is the sale of x86 servers around the world. I look at the trends around the purchase of the server hardware (what is the growth rate, where are… Read more