PASS Summit 2011: Investments in SQL Server 2012, Big Data, Public and Private Cloud

Today, at the PASS Summit 2011, Microsoft showcased its expanded investments in data platform solutions and technologies, particularly highlighting SQL Server 2012, efforts around “big data”, and innovations for both public and private cloud. These include a new Apache HadoopTM Based Distribution for Windows Azure and Windows Server and a strategic partnership with Hortonworks.  This… Read more

Liberating Microsoft from Oracle Siebel CRM

Today, as Oracle touts their CRM offerings at Oracle OpenWorld 2011, the Microsoft Dynamics team is asking customers why they should settle for a customer resource management (CRM) solution that is expensive, inflexible and hard to use while continuing on the forced march toward Fusion. Microsoft Business Solutions Corporate Vice President Michael Park shares some… Read more

September 22, 2011 News Thursday: Dell vStart 50m Release, PASS Summit, and more Server and Tools News

by STB Blogger Dell announces vStart 50m for Windows Server Hyper-V On Tuesday, Dell announced the release of vStart 50m, the newest offering in Dell’s vStart line and the first to support Windows Server Hyper-V.  vStart 50m, a pre-built virtualization appliance, brings together Dell hardware and software with Windows Server Hyper-V, helping organizations quickly and… Read more

Microsoft Delivers New Cloud Development Tools and Platforms at BUILD

by STB Blogger Today, at the BUILD conference, Microsoft showcased its cloud computing development tools and service platforms to help developers flexibly create and deliver powerful applications on their choice of the public cloud, the private cloud or a combination of both. In his keynote, Server and Tools President Satya Nadella highlighted how developers can… Read more

September 8, 2011 News Thursday: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC, Microsoft Virtual Academy, and More Server and Tools News…

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate Available Today We are excited to announce today that the release candidate of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 is available at the Microsoft Download Center as a product download or a pre-configured VHD. VMM is a key component of System Center 2012, which provides a common management… Read more

August 25, 2011 News Thursday: CTP of Hadoop Connectors for SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse, and more Server and Tools News!

    by STB Blogger Microsoft ships CTP of Hadoop Connectors for SQL Server and Parallel Data Warehouse Today, Microsoft is announcing the availability of the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of two connectors for Hadoop: The first is a Hadoop connector for SQL Server Parallel Data Warehouse (PDW) that enables customers to move large volumes… Read more

Real World Windows Azure: Interview with Dom Alcocer, Marketing Manager at General Mills

by STB Blogger Microsoft’s MSDN team recently sat down with General Mills’ marketing manager, Dom Alcocer, to learn more about Gluten Freely. Gluten Freely is a General Mills cloud-based consumer business channel that was built on Windows Azure and showcases gluten-free products and related information. See the full interview below. MSDN:  Tell us about General… Read more

August 11, 2011 News Thursday: Microsoft & Intuit Partnership, SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3 Product Guide, and more Server and Tools news!

by STB Blogger   Intuit and Microsoft Expand Partnership with Latest Windows Azure SDK for Intuit Partner Platform Yesterday, Intuit announced that the company is increasing its investment to more tightly integrate the Intuit Partner Platform with Windows Azure. This will provide developers and channel partners the tools to deliver solutions that reach the millions… Read more

PDW NEWS: Release of Appliance Update 2 for PDW, a New Dell Appliance, and Plans for a Bridge to Hadoop

by STB Blogger Today, Microsoft released the second Appliance Update (AU2) of SQL Server 2008 R2 PDW – a complete, high-scale data warehousing solution that IT can use to manage and enable self-service business intelligence across the company with SQL Server.   Unlike Service Packs, an Appliance Update refreshes the full appliance seamlessly with both hardware… Read more

Key Improvements in Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2

by STB Blogger   Microsoft is pleased to announce that Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 will be released in the first half of 2012.  Following the successful release of Forefront Identity Manager 2010 last year, the R2 release will include key improvements in the areas of credential management, reporting, ease of use, and additional third party product… Read more