New Demo Series: Simplify Migrations with the MAP Toolkit

Streamline and simplify migration assessments using the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.5.  MAP is just one of the free resources provided by Microsoft Solution Accelerators, a team committed to providing tested guidance and automated tools to help organisations plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. Get started…


Ten Top New Years Resolutions for IT Professionals

At this time of year it’s traditional for everyone to start planning for next year but what are the most important things for an IT Professional to do in the coming year?  Next year is going to be the year when we start to see widespread cloud (both public and private) adoption now that some…

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And the Windows Phone 7 winner is…

…Jackie  Openshaw, with her sterling effort,‘On that fateful day in November 2010, Windows Azure became self-aware.’ Congratulations Jackie – we’ve sent you a Tweet – contact us with your address details when you get a moment. Thanks to everyone who took part in the competition. Look out for more fun coming to the blog very…


New video – Microsoft Cloud Platform: Enterprise-Class Architecture

In this new video my lovely colleague Steve ‘Planky’ Plank talks about Microsoft’s PaaS offering, including Windows Azure, Windows Azure application fabric and SQL Azure. Find more Azure resources here, along with the new Economics of the Cloud whitepaper, posted a moment ago.   Technorati Tags: PaaS,Windows Azure,Windows Azure Application Fabric,SQL Azure


New whitepaper – The Economics of the Cloud

This new Microsoft whitepaper assesses the economics of the cloud by using in-depth modelling to better understand the long-term IT landscape. That’s a long way of saying we discuss whether and also how the cloud will gain wider adoption, then talk about the necessary considerations for IT folks.     Technorati Tags: Cloud,Windows Azure


Windows Azure ‘How Do I?’ video series

Regular readers will probably detect the fact that I’ve been poking about in the depths of the TechNet website again this morning… My voyage of discovery brought me to this great series of Windows Azure videos – they cover everything from ‘What is Azure?’ to cost, storage and management. It’s always good to find this…


Free ebook: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

Ok, deep breath – long sentence coming up… This free, yes, free 400+ page ebook Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions: From the Desktop to the Datacenter, 2nd Edition is the book for IT professionals who want to learn more about the latest Microsoft virtualization technologies, including Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2,…


What concerns IT professionals about moving applications Azure?

Simon May, all-round good egg, has just written a great post which asks you what’s concerning you about moving apps to Azure. Simon’s going to have an audience with some of the Azure product folks during the next few weeks, so he’ll get the chance to put your questions direct to them. Your comments are already…


Microsoft IT starts migration of Microsoft.com to Windows Azure platform

The great video Showcase site on Microsoft.com hosts thousands of videos and other rich media content that hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide view every day. In this article you can see how Microsoft Information Technology (MSIT) quickly built and deployed the Social eXperience Platform (SXP) on the Windows Azure technology platform to enable social…