New Blog Location

Considering my role as a Microsoft Cloud Seller, I thought it would make sense to move my blog over to Azure.  As an added bonus, I'm also working closely with a few peers to provide even more content for you. Click on over to the Eastern Cloud Blog to see the latest posts. Al

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Cloud Platform Release Announcements

More Microsoft Cloud announcements came out last week.  I can't keep up with all this goodness!! Information released last week covers the following topics: Azure IoT Suite Announcement Azure App Service powers the creation of intelligent web and mobile apps Availability on Demand: Hybrid Cloud without the Hassle Azure Site Recovery: Protect VMWare and Physical…

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Built-in mobile device management now generally available for Office 365 commercial plans

We announced a few months ago that we were adding MDM capabilities to Office 365 as an added value to our customers.  This capability is now generally available (GA)!!  It's rolling out for our commercial customers and will make it to the Government Community Cloud soon.  Just to reiterate, existing Office 365 customers are getting some…

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Cloud Platform Release Announcements for March

As per usual, Microsoft has released a slew of updates for our cloud services.  You can find the summary of those updates on the Cloud Platform News Blog Azure Search Generally Available Azure DocumentDB to Become Generally Available Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Now Available in Open Licensing Azure Media Services Now Fully Integrated with Azure…

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Announcing the Preview of Disaster Recovery for VMware Virtual Machines and Physical Servers to Azure using ASR

Holy cow!  Bet you didn't see this coming!  Who's up for saving a ton of money by using Azure as your DR site?  Using VMware?  Not a problem!  Check out the Azure Blog entry for more details on the features in the preview: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2015/03/26/announcing-the-preview-of-disaster-recovery-for-vmwarephysical-servers-to-microsoft-azure-with-asr/

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Announcing Azure App Service

Microsoft has released Azure App Service, a new cloud service that lets developers build web and mobile apps for any platform and any device.  It's basically a set of building blocks that a developer can choose from to quickly create an application and even integrate it easily with other cloud solutions or on premises systems….

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Azure AD Connect Preview 2 is available

The next preview release of Azure AD Connect is out and available.  If you don't know what that is, it's a replacement solution for DirSync, the tool that synchronizes your organization's AD information with Azure AD.  Azure AD is the back end identity store for Office 365, CRM Online, Azure and so much more.  This…

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Announcing the Office 2016 IT Pro and Developer Preview

Microsoft is pleased to announce that the Preview of Office 2016 is now available for download and evaluation.  There are some great new features in Office 2016, ranging from security to deployment to new features.  Read the blog post for more details and to find a link to the Preview. http://blogs.office.com/2015/03/16/announcing-the-office-2016-it-pro-and-developer-preview/

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Free ebook: Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model

Microsoft is pleased to announce the availability of Rethinking Enterprise Storage: A Hybrid Cloud Model (ISBN 9780735679603), by Marc Farley, as a free download! You can download the PDF version of this title here (120 pages; 3 MB). The EPUB format is here and the MOBI format is here.  (These are direct download links) Rethinking…

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Cloud Platform Release Announcements for March 5, 2015

The updates for Microsoft's cloud platform just keep on coming.  If you have any doubts about Microsoft's commitment to an enterprise class set of cloud services, you should keep up with these announcements. In this update: Azure Search Generally Available, Azure DocumentDB to Become Generally Available, Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) Now Available in Open Licensing,…

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