Want to Spend a Day Learning About Azure? For Free?!

On October 21st, 2014, Microsoft will be hosting AzureConf 2014, a free event for the Azure community, as well as any developer or IT decision maker who simply wants to learn more about Azure and cloud computing. If you haven’t heard by now, Microsoft Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you…

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Windows Azure Week: January 27 – 31, 2014

On January 27th Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) kicks off a week of Azure training for developers and IT pros with a live demo from Scott Guthrie, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Windows Azure. Scott will build a real world application from scratch, and you’ll get a real idea of what Windows Azure can do.  Every day…

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HarperCollins Publishers Creates Global BI Solution in Weeks Using Windows Azure and SQL Server

Remove the obstacles created by disparate technologies, conflicting requirements, and tight budgets, and IT gets a lot easier. Today, companies can overcome many of these traditional IT challenges by using cloud-based solutions based on Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Server. Take for example, HarperCollins Publishers, one of the world’s largest publishing companies. It needed to empower global…

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Ask an Expert your Windows Azure Questions

Learn more about Windows Azure directly from the experts at Microsoft: Join Microsoft Technical Evangelist, David Tesar and Microsoft Group Product Manager, David Aiken at 9am PT on August 27 for a live Q&A. Space is limited: Register now. The live, audience-led discussion is geared toward IT professionals that are interested in Windows Azure. Attendees…

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Are We There Yet?

Like most children, I got a lot of (rarely heeded) advice from my parents. One thing that my dad was particularly fond of reminding me of was that “the journey is as important as the destination”. I suspect that IT customers are wishing their vendors would also heed this maxim.  Too often it seems that…

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Windows Azure for IT Professionals Jump Start – May 16th

Register now for a free online live Jump Start presented by Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) on Windows Azure for IT Professionals on May 16.  Through numerous scenarios and demos, Microsoft Lead Azure Technical Evangelist David Tesar and Azure Group Technical Product Manager David Aiken will help you understand how you can use Windows Azure Infrastructure…

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Is Paul Maritz Endorsing Microsoft’s Approach to the Cloud?

Well, he is ex-Microsoft, so maybe we shouldn’t be surprised that Maritz’s thoughts run alongside ours. Nevertheless, when he points to “web giants” who “have the ability to store and process large amounts of data” and “know how to deploy and operate software atop of an underlying giant computer they call the cloud,” and says that bringing this…

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Are you betting your datacenter on a wooden racquet?

I’m an avid tennis fan, and with the Australian Open into its second week, it will come as no surprise (least of all to my wife) that tennis is top of mind for me right now. I recently read an article on the evolution of tennis racquets over the history of the game. It turns out…

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How Xbox can transform your datacenter

On January 15th, Microsoft announced several new products and services that continue to drive momentum against our Cloud OS vision. In an accompanying blog post, Microsoft vice president Michael Park says that Microsoft is uniquely positioned to bring you into the cloud era because our products and services are deeply informed by our first-hand experience…

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Transform Your Datacenter with System Center 2012 SP1

Today we announced the final release of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, which helps deliver on Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision to provide customers with one consistent platform for infrastructure, apps, and data – spanning customer datacenters, hosting service provider datacenters, and the Microsoft public cloud. Together with Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012 SP1…

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