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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Windows Server and System Center are the Best Blenders for Your Data Center!

However it happened, all sorts of different hardware, operating systems, applications, and tools have made their homes in our data centers.  Some platforms, tools, and procedures were mandated as part of the adoption of a critical business system.  Often these systems are selected outside IT standards to meet a specific need and not all of…

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Windows Server 2008 R2: the Cloud is in Your Datacenter

When you think of the cloud you most likely are not thinking of stratus, cumulus, or cirrus.   You are probably thinking about the many different online service offerings like: Microsoft Exchange Online Microsoft SharePoint Online Azure (Windows and SQL) Microsoft Office Web Apps And so on. My guess is you are not thinking about your…

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Windows Server Top 5 Benefits for Today’s Workforce

I’ve pubbed often on the feature benefits of Windows Server 2008 R2. But geek talk aside, what are the other benefits that the Windows Server platform provides to businesses? Some think time brings out my Top 5 reasons listed below. 1.     A pervasive and open server platform. Currently, of the Fortune Top 100 Companies in…

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2009: A Big Year for Windows Server

You might say it’s been a big year for the Windows Server platform. Certainly the launch of Windows Server 2008 R2 is a major step, but that step has a little more spring in it than most people realize. Windows 2000 Server’s march towards end of life actually brings this into sharp relief: Overall, I’d…

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