Mostly Cloudy Forecast at Microsoft U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit

This week Microsoft held its U.S. Public Sector CIO Summit in Redmond, and while we’re used to rain this time of year in Seattle (and most of the year for that matter….), the forecast at the event for the Public Sector was mostly cloudy – cloud related technology that is. With all the interest I’ve seen…

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The Realities of Google Cloud Connect

Some interesting notes in a blog post from my co-worker Tony Tai with the Office 365 team that I wanted to bring to your attention related to the Google Cloud Connect offering.  Tony sheds some light on the realities behind the functionality as well as the security and privacy concerns customers should consider.  A couple…

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Email: Not Just a Commodity

Interesting note in a blog post from Julia White of Microsoft, highlighting a Wall Street Journal article regarding Cisco pulling the plug on their Cisco Mail offering. In her post, Julia points out that Microsoft is “doubling down” on email and collaboration tools with our Office 365 offerings, further proof of the type of long term…

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Thought Leaders in the Cloud: The New Face of Cloud-based Start-ups – Carl Ryden, CTO of MarginPro

Carl Ryden is the chief technology officer of MarginPro, where he manages all product development activities. He is the author and developer of MarginPro’s pricing and profitability management software. Carl worked with Mitchell Epstein at US Banking Alliance as senior VP of product development and operations, where he produced a first-generation net-interest-margin maximizing software. Carl…

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New Private Cloud Capabilities Available in Updates Today

It’s an exciting day with the availability of some significant updates from Microsoft which deliver new capabilities to our customers, especially for those of you working on private cloud projects. The Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 update, which includes Hyper-V virtualization, and the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 update are…

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Top 5 Questions to Ask Google

I wanted to share a post from our WhyMicrosoft.com site by Ron Markezich, Corporate VP, Microsoft Online, which provides 5 questions CIO’s should be asking when considering a cloud solution for their business.  I’ve linked to the post here and included the full text of the post below as well.  Let me know if you…

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Cloud Security with Windows Azure and Microsoft Global Foundation Services

With the RSA conference occurring this week and cloud computing being such a high interest topic, the two worlds of cloud and security are receiving increased visibility in the trade press.  The Cloud Security Alliance, which Microsoft is part of, also held their Cloud Security Alliance Summit this week, with it being co-located with RSA. …

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Cloud First Policy for the U.S. Federal Government

I was reviewing some of the social media activities coming out of the RSA Conference sessions today, including a talk by the U.S. Federal Government CIO, Vivek Kundra, in which he touched on the U.S. Federal Government and their work with cloud computing. As part of this talk Kundra noted that there is a new…

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Thought Leaders in the Cloud: Talking with Bill Appleton, DreamFactory Founder and Cloud Services Expert

Bill Appleton is a leading expert on the client-side use of cloud services and the development of rich-media authoring tools. He has designed and written approximately three dozen professional software publications, including the first rich-media authoring tool World Builder, the ground breaking multimedia programming language SuperCard, the number one best-selling CD-ROM “Titanic: Adventure out of…

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The Bridge Across Cloud Computing Worlds – IT Management Tools

With the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 conference fast approaching in March I wanted to touch on the role that IT management tools play in cloud computing including Private Cloud, Windows Azure public cloud, or solutions which span both worlds.  If you’re not familiar with MMS, it is the premier Microsoft conference for IT staff…

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