How the Microsoft Azure appliance changes the cloud computing skyscape

Microsoft executive Bob Muglia said he was meeting with a chief information officer last year when the man grabbed him and said, “You don’t get it. We never want another update from Microsoft again.” The man was frustrated by the software updates a corporate customer has to install if it uses Microsoft software — security…

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Microsoft Offers Developers Cloud Security Tips

Microsoft this week published a best practices guide for writing applications to its Windows Azure cloud computing environment. http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/3/E/73E4EE93-559F-4D0F-A6FC-7FEC5F1542D1/SecurityBestPracticesWindowsAzureApps.docx “We wrote this paper because no matter how many defenses we add to Windows Azure, it is important that people building software or hosting services in ‘The Cloud’ understand that they must also build software with…

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New Microsoft Windows cloud service for managing and securing PCs: Intune (Beta)

Windows Intune Beta Windows Intune simplifies how businesses manage and secure PCs using Windows cloud services and Windows 7—so your computers and users can operate at peak performance, from virtually anywhere. Windows Intune is a comprehensive solution that includes PC management, malware protection, Windows upgrades, and more. Use the Windows Intune cloud service beta to:…

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The Biggest Cloud on the Planet is Owned by ... the Crooks!

Network World: Who’s got the biggest cloud in the tech universe? Google? Pretty big, but no. Amazon? Lots and lots of servers, but not even close. Microsoft? They’re just getting started. Household names all, but their capacity pales to that of the biggest cloud on the planet, the network of computers controlled by the Conficker…

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