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

Why Hybrid Cloud?

Microsoft has focused on creating a hybrid model that is dramatically different and more functional than any other cloud approach in the industry.  This hybrid functionality comes in-box, at enterprise scale, within the Windows software you already know and love – and this simplified and streamlined setup is very good news for enterprises that need… Read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials – Services Integration Overview Part 1

More and more small and medium-sized businesses are beginning to adopt mainstream cloud services such as Office 365. While adopting cloud services helps to increase IT capabilities and also provides predictable operational costs, it leads to a new challenge—how to manage on-premises resources and cloud services effectively. In Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, the Dashboard… Read more

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 and Oracle Deliver Enterprise-grade Cloud Software and Services

For years Microsoft and Oracle have helped customers address enterprise technology needs, and during those years I’ve had the opportunity to personally partner with, compete with, and admire Oracle as an industry leader. Certainly when you think of enterprise scalability and reliability Oracle comes to mind, and I believe the Microsoft clouds also deliver the… 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

Installing and Configuring the Microsoft Windows Server Essentials Experience role

Previously, we heard a lot of feedback that users want rich features in Windows Server Essentials to be available more broadly beyond the Windows Server Essentials edition. In the Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials release, we’ve made major investments into making our deployment available as a server role. Therefore, as Jason mentioned in an earlier… Read more

Top Picks from TechEd 2013 – Windows Server Active Directory (AD) Sessions

Active Directory (AD) still continues to be a topic of interest for new and seasoned IT Professionals. Directory services provide the core for organization, security and management of many type of principles.  With that in mind we wanted to highlight a couple of the top rated sessions from TechEd 2013. MORE… Read more