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: Why Hybrid?

Earlier this week I examined what we at Microsoft mean when we use the term “Hybrid Cloud.” If ever there were a time to get really specific about our vocabulary, this was it! Now that our definition is clear, I want to go one step further and discuss how this strategy is different from what… 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

Microsoft Wants to Help VMware Experts “Future-Proof “ Their Career

The IT industry never slows down and IT pros are constantly assessing what’s next and what’s best – not only for their business, but also for their careers. The virtualization world is going through a big inflection point, and this is leading to a lot of noise and conflicting information in the marketplace. Over the… Read more

What’s New in 2012 R2: Cloud-integrated Disaster Recovery

Part 7 of a 9-part series. Today’s post is the 2nd of two sections; to read the first half, click here.       As an industry we have worked on disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) solutions for – well, it seems like forever.  There has been a lot of good work done in this… Read more

SAP, HP and Microsoft Set New SAP World Record Using Hyper-V

Back in May, I discussed how technologies such as Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center 2012 SP1, provide the most scalable, reliable, and feature-rich platform to run key, tier-1 workloads like SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange, at the lowest cost. To help customers virtualize these workloads, we’ve recently published a number of best practice… Read more

Keep Calm and Migrate from VMware Using MAT

The new Hyper-V features introduced by Windows Server 2012 were game changing for the IT industry, and the impact has been so positive that, just about every customer I speak with is conducting their own tests on Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V as their hypervisor. This is so common that I’ve gotten a lot of… Read more