Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 Named CRN Products of the Year

This week CRN named Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 to its annual Products of the Year list, which recognizes the best products evaluated by the CRN Test Center in 2012. Earlier this year, CRN recognized capabilities in System Center 2012 that simplify management of on-premises datacenters and private clouds and praised Windows Server… Read more

Migrating to Microsoft's Windows Server 2012

Hi, I’m Joel Sider, Senior Marketing Manager, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. Following the Windows Server 2012 launch this past fall, we’re seeing great interest from many people who are evaluating the product and looking for best practices when implementing virtualization and private/hybrid cloud solutions. Information Week published an interesting report discussing things to… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica Helps Customers Make it Through Disaster

 When the winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy bore down ferociously on New York City, Microsoft partner WorkITsafe helped two customers prepare with Windows Server 2012 and the built-in Hyper-V Replica feature. As a result, their IT systems experienced minimal interruption as the hurricane flooded the surrounding area and required employees to hunker down at… Read more

We Can’t Wait to See You at MMS

Experience the latest technology solutions at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS). This year we’ll be increasing our technical expertise through deep hands-on technical training, sharing of best practices, and interaction with innovators and pioneers in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies. When we say deep, we mean it – with session content delving into… Read more

TechNet Radio: Delivering the Cloud OS

The Cloud OS is Microsoft’s vision for providing customers with a consistent platform for infrastructure, applications and data that spans their datacenter, service provider datacenters, and the Microsoft public cloud. Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure are at the core of the Cloud OS. SQL Server 2012, System Center 2012 and Visual Studio round out… Read more

VMware (finally) admits that its costs are higher than Microsoft’s

Recently we came across the updated VMware cost per application calculator and discovered what our customers and partners have been telling us all along – VMware vSphere 5.1 costs more than Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 combined. And we’re not just talking about license acquisition cost, but also the capital expenditure costs (CAPEX),… Read more

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Delivers On Scalability and Performance for Virtualized Enterprise Applications

In a previously published blog on enterprise application performance, we’ve talked about Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V’s ability to support your various tier-1 and 2 server application workloads in virtualized environments. The great news is that with the newly released Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, virtualized enterprise application scalability and performance has gotten even better, now taking… Read more

Windows Azure Service Bus Comes to Windows Server

As you have likely seen by now, every group at Microsoft that touches aspects of our datacenter solutions has been asked to optimize for our new Cloud OS strategy.  Specifically, this means delivering a common set of technologies across a variety of deployment platform.  This can be a customer’s datacenter, their hosting partner’s datacenter or… Read more

Announcing the Public Availability of Workflow Manager 1.0

Today is a great day in my organization as we’re able to publically announce the release of Workflow Manager 1.0, which is now available for download.  Workflow Manager 1.0 allows you to host and manage long-running Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) applications.  Workflow Manager was designed to meet the scale and multi-tenant needs of your modern… Read more

In case you missed it: Richard Fichera of Forrester on Windows Server 2012

We hope you are enjoying all the industry buzz surrounding the Sept. 4 release of Windows Server 2012 and the unveiling of our Cloud OS vision. Amidst all of the excitement and noise, we wanted to call your attention to this informative article by respected analyst Richard Fichera of Forrester.  Also don’t forget to download… Read more