“Optimize Your Network for Microsoft Cloud Offerings” Microsoft Virtual Academy course

To quickly ramp up on the key concepts for getting your network ready for cloud-based computing, see the new Optimize Your Network for Microsoft Cloud Offerings Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) course at https://aka.ms/optimizecloudnetworkingmva. This 30-minute, single-lesson course steps you through: The fundamental shift in networking for cloud-based computing On-premises network path optimization Optimizing intermediate systems in…

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Updated Microsoft Hybrid Cloud for Enterprise Architects poster includes HA federated identity for Office 365 in Azure

The Microsoft Hybrid Cloud for Enterprise Architects poster has been updated with a new section that describes high availability federated authentication for Office 365 in Azure. This configuration is another example of a multi-tier, highly-available line of business IT workload deployed in an Azure infrastructure services hybrid configuration. See topic 5, Hybrid cloud scenarios for Azure IaaS, of…

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Updated Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud poster includes new Office 365 security best practices

The Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud poster has been updated with a new section that describes how the Contoso Corporation is using Office 365 security features and best practices to protect access, data, and email and to monitor for suspicious activity. See topic 6, Security, of the poster for this new section: Download this multi-page…

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Hybrid and Networking Cloud Architecture posters updated for the SharePoint Server 2016 in Azure scenario

With the recent publication of the SharePoint Server 2016 in Microsoft Azure content set, we have updated two posters in the Microsoft Cloud for Enterprise Architects Series. Microsoft Cloud Networking for Enterprise Architects: Includes a new section at the end of the Designing networking for Azure IaaS topic that describes the 9-server high availability SharePoint Server 2016…

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Updated Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud poster includes a new enterprise scenario

The Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud poster has been updated with a new page for enterprise cloud scenarios that address Contoso’s business problems. The first enterprise cloud scenario is Contoso’s upgrade to SQL Server 2016 and the use of Stretch Database to offload and store cold transactional data to Azure, which was covered in the…

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Nine architecture posters are now available in ten new languages

The following posters: Microsoft Cloud Solutions and Platforms Options Microsoft Cloud Identity for Architects Microsoft Cloud Security for Enterprise Architects Microsoft Cloud Networking for Enterprise Architects Microsoft Cloud Storage for Enterprise Architects Microsoft Hybrid Cloud for Enterprise Architects Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud Information Protection for Office 365 SharePoint 2016 Architecture Models are now available…

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New Microsoft Cloud Mobility and Security poster compares MDM and conditional access capabilities across products

At the Ignite Conference in Atlanta recently, we received a lot of questions about mobile device management (MDM) capabilities, including the new conditional access features. These are spread across several products. We know that it is currently hard to discover and make sense of these features. As a start, the new Microsoft Mobility and Security…

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Join us for the CAAB October 2016 webinar

On Tuesday, October 25, 2016, we will hold the next Cloud Adoption Advisory Board (CAAB) webinar. CAAB webinars are one hour and consist of brief presentations followed by time for open feedback. The Skype for Business/Lync Meeting will open at 7:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time. The session will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and run to 9:00…

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“Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud” poster describes how a global organization is adopting the Microsoft cloud

The new Contoso in the Microsoft Cloud poster shows how the Contoso Corporation, a fictional but representative global organization, is embracing a cloud-inclusive IT infrastructure that includes all of Microsoft’s cloud offerings (Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Intune). This new poster contains the following: An overview of the fictional Contoso Corporation, its…

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March 2016 CAAB Webinar announcement

On Thursday, March 24, 2016, we will hold the thirteenth Cloud Adoption Advisory Board (CAAB) webinar. CAAB webinars are one hour and consist of brief presentations followed by time for open feedback. The Skype for Business/Lync Meeting will open at 7:45 AM Pacific Daylight Time. The session will begin promptly at 8:00 AM and run…

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