The Components of a Hybrid Cloud

For a lot of IT pros, the last two posts have been a nice overview of the Hybrid Cloud model, but they’ve been waiting to get technical. Starting with this post, I’ll begin a deep look at the specific technology that supports and maximizes Hybrid Clouds, as well as the tools available for use in… Read more

Customers, Clouds and Choice

As competition in the cloud space heats up, things are looking better than ever for customers, as they have access to increasingly better solutions and hence, more choice. However, this competition is making at least one vendor uncomfortable – how else does one explain recent comments from an AWS executive that private clouds are “ill-advised”… Read more

Monitoring Microsoft Hyper-V Replica using System Center Operations Manager

Customers asked us if they can have a monitoring mechanism for Hyper-v Replica in a rainy day scenario. With System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1, customers can now monitor Hyper-V Replica using a Management Pack available for free from the catalogue of SCOM. This blog post will deal with adding the management packs to SCOM… Read more

Going Deep with Windows Server, SQL Server and System Center

We hope everyone is enjoying TechEd Europe 2013 and the host city of Madrid, Spain.  It’s a beautiful city with a rich history. We’re trying to write some history of our own this year at both TechEd conferences. There are some amazing advances coming from the Windows Server, System Center, SQL Server and Intune product… Read more

TechEd Europe Opens with Product Preview Availability

Welcome to TechEd Europe 2013 being held in Madrid, Spain June 25-28, 2013.  We have a lot of information to share this week on Microsoft products and services that comprise our Cloud OS vision. In addition to the great session content, we also have announcements as well as partner and customer information we think you… Read more

Transforming Our Products, Culture and Practices to be Cloud-first

Today Microsoft Server and Tools President Satya Nadella posted to the Official Microsoft Blog, an email he sent to employees about the progress we’ve made completely transforming our products, culture and practices to be cloud-first.  See his “The Enterprise Cloud Era” video to hear his additional thoughts.  An embedded player option is provided just below… Read more

System Center 2012 – Live Q&A on May 21, 2013 – Register Now!

Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) has published a series of great courses covering Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 over the last several weeks. This content has been so well-received that we’ve asked Senior Technical Evangelist Symon Perriman and Senior Program Manager Justin Incarnato to host a two-hour “MVA Live Q&A” session exclusively for our MVA community…. Read more

Free Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) System Center 2012 Courses

System Center is a comprehensive management platform that enables you to more easily and efficiently manage your IT environments, including your server infrastructure and client devices. With System Center 2012 SP1, you get the most cost effective and flexible platform for managing your traditional datacenters, private and public clouds, and client computers and devices. System… Read more

New Blog: Brad Anderson Goes In the Cloud with Microsoft

Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President for the Windows Server & System Center division, launched a new blog yesterday called In the Cloud. With regular posts, podcasts, and videos, Anderson plans to use this space as a venue for discussing how IT decision makers can assemble best-of-breed cloud and datacenter solutions. In his first post, Anderson… Read more