White paper: Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds

  Hello readers! This blog post introduces the “Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds” white paper from the Enterprise Cloud Group (ECG) CAT team, that you can download at the link below. We hope you will find this resource useful! Audience This document is for IT professionals or application owners interested in understanding… Read more

Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise IT Overview Video

If you’re been reading the papers, most of them will tell you that in the next few years, hybrid cloud is going to be the prevalent architecture for enterprise IT. Is that the case now? Probably not. Not many people have a real private cloud, one that supports the five essential characteristics cloud computing. You… Read more

Windows Azure Hybrid Cloud Book by Danny Garber, Jamal Malik and Adam Fazio

What is hybrid cloud or hybrid IT? Hybrid cloud is when you connect resources hosted on different clouds. Hybrid IT is a bit broader in its scope, because you can connect a traditional on-premises datacenter infrastructure to resources hosted in a cloud environment, typically a public cloud service provider. Hybrid IT also applies to when… Read more

Windows Azure Virtual Networks and IKE Versions

Have you heard about Windows Azure Infrastructure Services? If not, then you’re in for a treat! Windows Azure Infrastructure Services enable you to put your virtual machines in the cloud. There are a lot of reasons why you might want to do this. Maybe your datacenter is at capacity and you need to stand up… Read more

TechEd 2013–John Morello on Patterns and Practices for the Hybrid World

The hits keep coming with the TechEd 2013 Architecture (ARC) track! This time I want to introduce you to John Morello. I’ve known John for several years and one thing I can tell you, this guy definitely knows his stuff! I had the unique opportunity of co-presenting a number of talks with John at TechEd… Read more

Automation–Orchestrating the Cloud

Hello Readers and Viewers! I hope you are ready for this, the next installment of my Building Clouds Blog Video Demonstration Series! As this is a series of “behind the scenes” demonstrations for the automation portions of “SCDemo Cloud” offering, this post and video is a long time in the making. And while we have… Read more

TechEd 2013-Andy Malone Presents on Hybrid IT

Are you planning on attending TechEd in New Orleans or Madrid this year? If so, make sure to check out the presentations in the Architecture (ARC) track! We’ve done a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure this track has the information you’re interested in and presenters that will entertain and enlighten you…. Read more

Active Directory Considerations in Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks – Part 6 – Name Resolution and Geo-distribution

This is the end, the end, beautiful friend, this is the end, my only friend, the end. Did you think this series would never come to an end? It has. This is the last post in our blog series on Active Directory considerations for Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks. In the first part of… Read more

Thank You MMS 2013! (from the Automation Track)

Hello Readers and Viewers (new and alumni)! I just wanted to send a big THANK YOU and WELCOME to all the MMS 2013 Attendees and New Blog Readers! It was a fantastic event with so much great information… What is in your top 5 list of favorites from MMS2013? And, whether you attended MMS 2013… Read more

Azure Site to Site VPN Fails to Transmit Data–Tales of NAT Traversal

Yuri Diogenes and I have recently been working on a project that includes connecting an on premises network to a Windows Azure Virtual Network. In order to do this, you need to establish a site to site VPN connection between your corporate network and the Azure Virtual Network. To do this in a supported fashion,… Read more