IT Professionals and the cloud infographic

We’ve just released the results of a study of 1,979 IT Professionals and their opinion about the cloud and I decided to take the numbers and turn them into an infographic, you can get the full report and more here but the number of organisations using IaaS (48%) jumped right out at me.

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Managing from the cloud with Windows Intune

Securing and managing the devices that users take for granted when accessing the cloud is top of mind for IT Professionals everywhere and there are lots of solutions to make things more secure. What about desktops PCs? Everyone in the desktop world is accustomed to managing, patching, remote controlling and securing computers but are there…


What does Microsoft have to offer in the cloud?

There is a simple way to answer that, Microsoft has “lots” to offer in the cloud, arguably a more complete and coherent set of products than anyone else but then I would say that I’m an employee.  From a product viewpoint there are a myriad of offerings like Windows Azure, SQL Azure, Office 365 (currently…

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How will my career evolve with the cloud

When you read all the wonderful marketing hyperbole around the cost savings that cloud can help your CIO make, you’d be forgiven for thinking that you were one of those cost savings. With a little thought, however, you’ll see that this technology change isn’t going to make you a pointless cost, but it will make…

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Introducing the cloud to Windows Management Gurus

Last night I had the opportunity to present at the Windows Management User Group an event organised by our excellent System Center MVP Cliff Hobbs.  Cliff asked me to present on “Microsoft’s cloud strategy” something that’s tricky not because it’s something we don’t have, far from it, but because it’s a challenge to bring the…


Connecting the Private and Public cloud

I’ve just hopped down off stage from presenting about the above at Data Centre World and I wanted to share my deck so the people in the audience who didn’t fall asleep can get hold of it quickly.  I got loads of questions about Identity and less about Hyper-V than I expected.  Any who there…


War on Cost: Private Cloud

A few weeks ago @deepfat and I ventured to the underground lair that is Churchills war rooms and listened to the story ouselves direct from a partner, Inframon.  Well the videos are now online and I especially like this one about our private cloud vision.  Take a look, enjoy, it’s just like you were there…without…


Privacy in the Cloud

An interesting paper crossed by virtual desk today;  Privacy in the Cloud: A Microsoft Perspective.  It does exactly what it says on the tin and spells out our approach to privacy with regard to cloud applications.  It’s one of the most detailed papers I’ve seen that we’ve produced yet and it’s a must read for…


You should connect your Active Directory to the cloud

Sound scary?  Well it’s not, but it’s critically important in spurring cloud adoption in your organisation and therefore a set of key skills for IT Professionals.  We have a technology toolset called Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS 2.0) that uses a set of secure protocols like SSL and Public Key encryption to provide Single Sign…


Why trust your data in the cloud?

One of the top cloud questions I get asked when I’m out and about is “how secure is my data in the cloud”.  It’s a simple question with a complex answer that spans dimensions, physical security, data redundancy, data protection, service levels and an underlying reliance on everything being trusted because it’s out of your…