Microsoft Announces Updates to Windows Azure

by STB Blogger Today, Microsoft released a number of enhancements to Windows Azure, including: Mobile Services (job scheduler support, Europe Region Support, Command Line Support) Web Sites (scale improvements, integrated source control) SQL Data Sync (support in the new HTML portal) ACS Management (support in the new HTML portal) Media Services (job and task management,… Read more

December 20, 2012 News Thursday: TechNet Radio talks Windows Server 2012 Active Directory and more Server and Tools news…

by STB Blogger TechNet Radio: What’s new in Windows Server 2012 Active Directory Tune into TechNet Radio as Sean Deuby, Active Directory expert and technical director for Windows IT Pro, discusses his thoughts on Active Directory in Windows Server 2012. Sean covers his favorite Active Directory features including improvements to installation, virtualization and management. Watch… Read more

December 13, 2012 News Thursday: Windows Azure powers North American Aerospace Defense Command Santa tracker and more Server and Tools news…

by STB Blogger Dashing through the cloud with Windows Azure scale Keeping track of Santa is no easy task, but the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) team, Windows Azure, Bing Maps and all of Santa’s helpers have worked to bring you the best ever Official Santa Tracker. With more than 24 million expected hits… Read more

December 6, 2012 News Thursday: Reduced Windows Azure Storage Pricing and more Server and Tools News…

by STB Blogger   Microsoft Announces Reduced Pricing for Windows Azure Storage On Wednesday, Microsoft announced reduced Windows Azure Storage pricing, offering customers as much as 28% savings beginning Dec. 12. This follows the March 8 reduction of 12%. These reduced prices, along with Geo Redundant Storage, high bandwidth network connectivity and scalability, further demonstrate… Read more

November 29, 2012 News Thursday: Windows Azure Active Directory Reaches 200 Billion Authentications and more Server and Tools News!

    by STB Blogger Windows Azure Active Directory Reaches 200 Billion Authentications On Tuesday, the Windows Azure team announced a major milestone in cloud scale computing. Since the inception of the authentication service in 2010, Windows Azure has processed 200 billion authentications for 50 million active user accounts. On average, Windows Azure Active Directory… Read more

November 15, 2012 News Thursday: VMware calculator reveals VMware costs more than Microsoft and more Server and Tools news…

by STB Blogger VMware (Finally) Admits that its Costs are Higher than Microsoft’s A blog post by Microsoft general manager Amy Barzdukas discusses how the VMware cost per application calculator reveals what our customers and partners have been telling us all along – VMware vSphere 5.1 costs more than Windows Server 2012 and System Center… Read more

Windows Azure Benchmarks Show Top Performance for Big Compute

by STB Blogger Today, Microsoft announced a new set of Windows Azure capabilities for Big Compute, a term that applies to applications that require large amounts of compute power. Examples of Big Compute applications include modeling complex engineering problems, understanding financial risk, researching disease, simulating weather, transcoding media, or analyzing large data sets. Customers who… Read more

November 8, 2012 News Thursday: Beta Release of BizTalk Server 2013, News from PASS 2012, and more Server and Tools News!

  by STB Blogger BizTalk Server 2013 Beta UnveiledEarlier this week, the BizTalk Server team announced the Beta release of BizTalk Server 2013. Since the Community Technology Preview (CTP) in August, the team added several capabilities, including SFTP support, ESBT integration, better SharePoint integration and simplified manageability via dependency tracking in BizTalk Admin console. The… Read more

Microsoft Announces Updates to Data Platform at PASS 2012

by STB Blogger This morning, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Ted Kummert, will take the stage at the Professional Association of SQL Server (PASS) Summit 2012 in Seattle to announce new capabilities for Microsoft’s data platform that will help businesses accelerate their time to insights with any type of data. Those include: Project codenamed “Hekaton,” a… Read more

November 1, 2012 News Thursday: Windows Server 2012 Essentials Generally Available Today, Windows Azure Powers Halo 4, and more Server and Tools News!

  by STB Blogger Windows Server 2012 Essentials Generally Available Today!Microsoft is pleased to announce that today Windows Server 2012 Essentials for small businesses is generally available for purchase through volume licensing, retail and reseller channels.  Microsoft partners can now begin purchasing and implementing Windows Server 2012 Essentials for their small business clients, to help… Read more