Orion Energy Systems Moves InteLite software to Windows Azure platform

I came across an interesting announcement today over on the Windows Azure blog regarding Orion Energy Systems and their use of the Windows Azure platform to host their InteLite offering, a sensor-and-control solution designed to help their customers save energy and control lighting costs. The announcement says that the move to the Windows Azure platform…

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Opening the Window to PC Management in the Cloud

During his keynote today at the Microsoft Management Summit corporate vice president Brad Anderson discussed Microsoft IT solutions to help companies streamline PC and device management and better empower productivity in today’s modern enterprise.  He announced the general availability of Windows Intune, and demonstrated the new solution for cloud based management and security of PCs. …

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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 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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Enabling Supercomputing in the Cloud

One of the capabilities delivered by true cloud computing solutions is the power to dynamically scale up and down based on the needs that applications and users are placing on the service.  This also correlates to one of the key benefits that businesses can realize when investing in cloud computing as an infrastructure and platform…

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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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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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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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New York Times: Microsoft Gives Cloud to Scientists

Following Bill Hilf’s earlier post about how the cloud is going to enable more customers to take advantage of technical computing (aka supercomputing), the New York Times recently posted an article about Microsoft making software tools and Windows Azure resources available for bio-science research (NCBI BLAST on Windows Azure.)  It showcases a real world example of what Bill…

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Volvo, Vampires and Windows Azure – What do they have in common?

This morning I came across an interesting story on the On Windows site about how Volvo Cars used Microsoft Windows Azure to create an online campaign and game, Lost in Forks, to highlight the inclusion of Volvo automobiles in the Twilight series of books and movies. If you’re not familiar with the Twilight series you…

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