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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Top 15 Windows Server Innovations In the Past 15 Years

Windows IT Pro is celebrating its 15 year anniversary this year.  Congratulations! That’s a major achievement in our industry.  As part of a series Michael Otley wrote a post for the Windows It Pro blog called “Top 15 Windows Server Innovations In the Past 15 years.”  It is definitely worth a few minutes to go…

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Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0: Office 2010 part 2

Welcome to part 2 of a 6 part series talking about a great FREE tool, which has released it’s 5th major version on Monday (7-12-2010): The new version, MAP 5.0, has some exciting new features to help with discovery and software usage.  In this screencast we take a look on how MAP can help streamline…

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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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Visual Reference of Key Hyper-V Technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2

Like the Windows Server 2008 R2 component poster, the Hyper-V poster is a great visual reference to better understand the key features and components of Hyper-V, and Microsoft virtualization solutions in general including: Architecture Virtual Networking Virtual Machine Snapshots (shown below) Live Migration Storage Interfaces Storage Types Storage Location and Paths Import and Export I…

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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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TechEd 2010 Video Diary

Got back from TechEd 2010 with a great experience. I met some old friends, made some new, attended some great sessions, and loosened up a little… I mean a lot during the nights. Working hard form 8 AM to 6 PM everyday attending sessions and taking notes, and taking care of business and working overtime…

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