DevOps – a word or a Brave New World?

DevOps – A Journey into Open Source Tools Once a year the team of Evangelists I work with gather together and spend two days engaged in a variety of different pursuits. This year we made our way to the Microsoft Research Labs in Cambridge. Whenever I make the journey to this lab I do so…


Open for business–Data Science at Microsoft

The word Open in IT is an emotive subject and not a word typically associated with Microsoft. But like a spring thaw under an ice sheet what seems rigid suddenly becomes fluid. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the various data related services that exist on Azure. Before I get to what those things…

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Azure ML - a Mindshift for Business Intelligence professionals

This article was commissioned by Jen Stirrup a SQL Server fan and Microsoft MVP with a passion for Business Intelligence and Data Virtualisation. On the 12th of November, Jen will be speaking on the topic of ‘Azure ML – a Mindshift for Business Intelligence professionals’ at Future Decoded which is a free event which will…


Why use System Center 2012 Operations Manager for X-Platform Monitoring

System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides the monitoring component of the System Center 2012 suite of products for cloud & data centre management, and delivers extremely flexible monitoring of the entire data centre. Operations Manager provides a level of monitoring beyond server health, and ensures the availability of critical applications. As well as providing best…

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Democratize Big Data: Hadoop on Windows Server and Windows Azure

HDInsight is Microsoft’s 100% Apache compatible Hadoop distribution, supported by Microsoft. HDInsight, available both on Windows Server or as an Windows Azure service, empowers organizations with new insights on previously untouched unstructured data, while connecting to the most widely used Business Intelligence (BI) tools on the planet. Please visit the Microsoft Big Data home page…

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