Understanding the Costs of Virtualization and Management Operations

Taking a look at virtualization technologies and the benefits it brings to customers can help build an understanding of some of the potential areas cloud computing can also help businesses. Cloud computing takes the concept of virtualization to a whole new level, far beyond the simple server consolidation that many people still associate it with….

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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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The IT Investigators Interview Microsoft Corporate VP and CIO, Tony Scott

Keith Combs and I have a podcast show called the IT Investigators.  We like to have fun interviewing a variety of guests on wide ranging topics and this episode is no exception.  So Keith calls me one day and says he has setup and interview for us.  I asked who is it?  He calmly and…

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Numbers!

A few weeks ago now Frank Shaw made a post on the Microsoft blog.  In his post he outlined some numbers around the performance of some of Microsoft’s key businesses.  The numbers Frank put up are impressive by any standard.  Various blogs have picked up Franks post and spent a fair amount of time discussing…

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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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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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