Software Defined Networking (SDN) – Network Without Limits

At Microsoft, we create and deliver first party apps (both on-premises and in our cloud datacenters), as well as host the apps that our customers and partners build. All of this runs on our own network infrastructure alongside workloads like Exchange, SQL, SharePoint, Xbox Live, and Office 365. Our experiences with key workloads like these… Read more

Microsoft Server and Cloud Community Resources – One Stop Shopping

Providing information to our community is important to us.  There are a number of channels we use to get the word out on promotions, great technical content, and fun contests. The Microsoft Server and Cloud business is growing, as is the community of developers and IT professionals.  We recently launched a number of new areas… Read more

New Virtualization Certification Announced – Future Proof and go Bilingual

The IT industry never slows down and IT pros are constantly assessing what’s next and what’s best – not only for their business, but also for their careers. The virtualization world is going through a big inflection point, and this is leading to a lot of noise and conflicting information in the marketplace. Over the… Read more

Windows Azure HDInsight has released and is now available

Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Azure HDInsight, its cloud-based distribution of Hadoop. Further expanding on Microsoft’s big data strategy, Microsoft CVP Quentin Clark will deliver a keynote at O’Reilly Strata + Hadoop World tomorrow, where he will discuss Microsoft’s vision to democratize big data by providing easy to use tools and a… Read more

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 CTP2 Backup and Restore Enhancements

SQL Server 2014 CTP2 includes three SQL Server Backup and Restore enhancements.  These enhancements enables using Windows Azure for backups, providing options to ease and automate backup management, and improved security for backups through encryption. In addition, to enable backup to Windows Azure from previous versions of SQL Server, a stand-alone tool is now available…. Read more

Windows Azure: Backup Services Release and more!

Today we are releasing Windows Azure Backup Service as a general availability service.  This release is now live in production, backed by an enterprise SLA, supported by Microsoft Support, and is ready to use for production scenarios. Windows Azure Backup is a cloud based backup solution for Windows Server which allows files and folders to… Read more

Cloud OS Vision Delivered

Over the last year, we have made some incredible developments with Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and the new release of Windows Intune – and I am incredibly excited for these products to reach general availability today! MORE… Read more

Pushing the Boundaries with SQL Server 2014 CTP2

We are pushing the boundaries of our data platform with breakthrough performance, cloud capabilities and the pace of delivery to our customers. Last year at PASS Summit, we announced our In-Memory OLTP project “Hekaton” and since then released SQL Server 2012 Parallel Data Warehouse and public previews of Windows Azure HDInsight and Power BI for… Read more