What Kind of Cloud is Your Business Looking to Become?

When you were a child, chances are you looked up into the sky and  wondered what kind of cloud you were looking at or what cloud you want to be.   Back then knowing what type of a cloud you were looking at boiled down to a three main choices: Cirrus Stratus Cumulus Now you may…

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Is Windows Azure the Answer? Yes!

The world of IT is changing, again. This time we are looking at a change in the way we think about hosting operating systems, applications, and services.  In the traditional model all three of those things were hosted on a companies local server.  Over the past few years we have really seen the explosive growth…

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Microsoft Windows Azure: The Cloud is Growing and Getting Brighter

As we have been looking at Azure for the past 12 months, it is beginning to get more and more features and the title of Mary Jo Foley’s article says it all: Microsoft’s Windows Azure: What a difference a year makes Microsoft Windows Azure has added several new features and with more coming the in…

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Windows Azure beats Google and Amazon in Cloud Response Time Tests

Interesting story in last week’s New York Times Bits column – a report on response times of the major cloud providers. Columnist Ashlee Vance asks the question: “How Fast Can Your Cloud Run?” For Windows Azure users, the answer is: faster than anyone else’s. The story is based on a new interactive tool from Compuware called CloudSleuth, which is…

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Windows Azure Bringing Developers and IT Pro’s of the World Together

A lot of my posts have been focused on the IT Pro story of Microsoft Technologies. This post will be slightly different, and hopefully will help enhance communication with the developers in your organization. Some of you may be aware that we’ve been talking about Windows Azure as an application platform. In fact, Windows Azure…

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Got Azure, Bing Maps do!

When I think about Bing Maps as a consumer of driving directions I love it, as IT, server guy I amazed when I think about how much must go into the data center to make that work.  Not only for my directions but also from a data center perspective. Bing Maps is an application that…

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The Windows Azure Platform Appliance: Why, When and Where It Will Work for You

It’s bigger than a breadbox. And you probably won’t be sticking it in your kitchen this summer. But make no mistake, the “appliance” that Microsoft announced at this week’s Worldwide Partner Conference is not only a technical marvel, it’s concrete evidence of the depth of Microsoft’s commitment to cloud computing. If you’ve seen the news,…

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The Magic of Virtualization

When I work with virtualization technologies and the ability to do testing, screen casts and heck even my job to work with new software, I am always reminded of my favorite quote: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.          Arthur C. Clarke in 1961 It amazes me how applicable that quote is still…

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