An Independent Perspective on Private Cloud

I recently saw a great article by Greg Shields on TechTarget, called Defining the Hyper-V Cloud. (You’ll need to register [free] to read it, but TechTarget is an excellent third-party source for IT insight, so it’s well worth the effort.) In it he not only describes the Hyper-V Cloud programs, but has a good take…

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Thought Leaders in the Cloud: Talking with Randy Bias, Cloud Computing Pioneer and Expert

Randy Bias is a cloud computing pioneer and recognized expert in the field.  He has driven innovations in infrastructure, IT, Operations, and 24×7 service delivery since 1990. He was the technical visionary on the executive team of GoGrid, a major cloud computing provider. Prior to GoGrid, he built the world’s first multi-cloud, multi-platform cloud management…

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Behind the Cloud scene with Microsoft IT

I’ve blogged a couple of times in the past (here and here) about Tony Scott, Microsoft’s CIO, the areas that he focuses on, and what’s happening within Microsoft related to cloud computing.  While Microsoft is a world leader in delivering software solutions to business of all sizes and to consumers, we’re also a big consumer…

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Environmental Benefits of Cloud Computing

Many of the conversations around the benefits of cloud computing are related to reducing hardware and energy costs, gaining operational efficiencies, or reducing time to deployment/market for applications.  There are other benefits however that are often overlooked related to the environmental impact of cloud computing. A study (located here) commissioned by Microsoft and conducted by…

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Thought Leaders in the Cloud: Talking with Aron Pilhofer, Editor of Interactive News Technologies at The New York Times

Aron Pilhofer acts as editor of interactive news technologies at The New York Times, overseeing a news-focused team of journalist/developers who build dynamic, data-driven applications to enhance the Times’ reporting online. He joined The Times in 2005. Previously, he was at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, and before that at Investigative Reporters and…

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Azure customer NVoicePay featured in InformationWeek

This week longtime IT journalist Charlie Babcock of InformationWeek posted a story called “4 Companies Getting Real Results from Cloud Computing.”  It’s a good article that profiles organizations that “are way past testing the cloud.  They’ve seen the shortcomings, and are still looking ahead to what’s next.”  One of the companies showcased is NVoicePay, a Portland, Oregon–based…

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Flickr using Windows Azure and other cloud happenings

There were a couple interesting cloud-related stories I saw that I wanted to highlight as the week raps up. Recently, Yahoo needed a cloud service provider that could help them quickly release their newest Flickr app for Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7. They wanted a dynamic platform that would help engage users across a…

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Thought Leaders in the Cloud: Talking with Chris Auld, CTO at Intergen Limited and Windows Azure MVP

Chris Auld is a Microsoft MVP, the CTO at Intergen Limited and a director of Locum Jobs Startup MedRecruit. Trained as an attorney, Chris chose to pursue a career with emerging technologies instead of practicing law. He is widely known for his evangelical, arm-waving style, as well as for his enthusiasm and drive. In this…

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Office 365 for education

Today we are pleased to announce that more students than ever are using Live@edu, the world’s leading cloud suite for education.  Live@edu is used by more than 15M students worldwide, up from 11M just three months ago.  In addition, we are sharing more information about Office 365 for education, our next generation cloud productivity service…

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Virtualization alone does not a cloud solution make

The following is a guest post from David Greschler, Director Virtualization and Cloud Strategy at Microsoft 2010 saw the rapid rise in popularity of businesses considering cloud computing solutions as a way of helping reduce costs, gain efficiencies, as well as a variety of other benefits.  Unfortunately, at the same time, vendors have also attached…

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