Office 365 for enterprises: Part 4 – Works With What You Know

Sometimes people refer to the cloud as a “disruptive” technology. But that’s really the wrong word to describe Office 365. Constructive? Yes. Practical? That, too. Microsoft understands that businesses don’t care for surprises. We have gone to great lengths to make Office 365 familiar and easy to use. New capabilities, no matter how powerful in…

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Public Sector Customers Across Globe Choose Microsoft Cloud Offerings

It’s been an interesting last couple of weeks for Microsoft and Public Sector customers around the globe related to cloud technlogies.  At the beginning of December there was the news that Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure received FISMA certification, which means customers of any size can benefit from highly-focused testing and monitoring, automated patch delivery, cost-saving economies…

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Three Steps CIOs Should Take Now While Planning for a Private Cloud

Many people in IT related roles today are aware that moving to a private cloud represents a paradigm shift up and down the IT stack, from how IT pros will deploy services to how end users will consume them. And while the cloud’s benefits are attractive, typically any shift in IT infrastructure, CIOs and IT…

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Thought Leaders in the Cloud: Talking with Maarten Balliauw, Technical Consultant at RealDomen and Windows Azure Expert

Maarten Balliauw is an Azure consultant, blogger, and speaker, as well as an ASP.NET MVP. He works as a technical consultant at RealDomen. Maarten is a project manager and developer for the PHPExcel project on CodePlex, as well as a board member for the Azure User Group of Belgium (AZUG.BE). In this interview we discuss:…

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From 2010 to 2011: Walking the Cloud Talk

Contributed Article By David Greschler, Director, Virtualization and Cloud Strategy, Server and Tools Business at MicrosoftOriginal post from VMBlog.com 2010 was the year of the cloud. We saw some massive changes across the industry as IT decision makers and technology vendors wrestled with the shift to cloud computing. In particular, the industry had to grapple…

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Welcome to the Cloud, USDA!

The past few months have marked a transformative time in government IT, with the State of California, the State of Minnesota and New York City, all embracing Microsoft Online Services.  And now that momentum is carrying into the federal sector, with groundbreaking news from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which announced it is…

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How Microsoft Defines Cloud Computing

One of the most popular topics in IT today is “Cloud”. It seems that everyone, every company, is interested in Cloud and Cloud Computing but what exactly does that mean? What is Cloud Computing? When I get asked about Cloud Computing and the excitement around, I always think of what it was like 10-15 years…

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Thought Leaders in the Cloud: Talking with Todd Papaioannou, VP of Architecture, Cloud Computing Group at Yahoo

This blog post was originally posted on the Windows Azure Team Blog. Todd Papaioannou is currently at Yahoo!, in the role of vice president of cloud architecture for the cloud platform group. Before taking on that role, Todd was responsible for new product architecture and strategy at Teradata, including driving the entire Cloud computing program. Before…

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Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure FISMA Approval and Delivering on Public Sector Customer Needs

Some noteworthy items on the cloud front to highlight as the week comes to a close. First the good news on the Microsoft GFS (Global Foundation Services) blog that Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure has received FISMA approval. The blog states: Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure has achieved another milestone in receiving its Federal Information Security Management Act of…

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