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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Modular Datacenters and Dogfooding the Cloud at Microsoft

Welcome to 2011!!  Hope that the New Year is starting off on the right foot for you. As I began digging out of emails after the holiday break I came across a couple interesting items that peel back the skin on some of the internal activities happening here at Microsoft that I wanted to share…

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Office 365 for enterprises: Part 5 – IT Control and Efficiency

Control in enterprise IT is a balancing act. Automation and outsourcing save time and money, but if done wrong, can give up too much and make it harder to make technology work for your business. Office 365 is designed to provide the right balance, enabling you to get the value and streamlined management of the…

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Consumerization of IT and Cloud Computing

 The Consumerization of IT, generally defined as the development of technologies for consumers that make their way into the enterprise, has been a trendy topic the last couple of years. With the International CES consumer technology tradeshow happening in Las Vegas right now, I've been thinking about the topic.  I also came across an interesting article from December…

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Thought Leaders in the Cloud: Talking with Barton George, Cloud Computing Evangelist at Dell

Barton George joined Dell in 2009 as the company’s cloud computing evangelist. He acts as Dell’s ambassador to the cloud computing community and works with analysts and the press. He is responsible for messaging as well as blogging and tweeting on cloud topics. Prior to joining Dell, Barton spent 13 years at Sun Microsystems in…

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