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What is a Hybrid Cloud? We keep hearing about "The Cloud" in IT, and how it is supposed to change things in the next few years. People keep using the terms Public Cloud, Private Cloud, and Hybrid Cloud. What do these really mean? First Public Cloud - this is using someone else's Data Center to host applications or subscribe to applications on the Web. Examples from Microsoft of Public Cloud are Office 365, Windows Azure, and Windows Intune. Private Cloud is something different; usually this is in your own data center, possibly hosted by someone else. Microsoft offerings in this area include Windows Server Hyper-v and Microsoft System Center. These tools allow you to scale your data center to take advantage of Cloud features. Make sure you remember just virtualization doesn't alone make Private Cloud; it's much more than just that. So then what is Hybrid Cloud? Hyb... (more)

Microsoft Private Cloud

System Center 2012 Beta all in one download Cloud - Care: System Center 2012 Suite Download page I get asked all of the time, hey where is that or that software. We are always coming out with new software you want to try, yes "most" (not all) everything we have you can try for up to 180 days for free. The problem is, finding the download site. Well I put together this blog post so you have what is currently available today, and what most IT professionals are interested in Downloading. Please share with your friends! Deploying and Managing Windows Azure Applications Step by Step o... (more)

The Cloud on Your Terms: Preparing for The Cloud

Getting Ready for The Cloud Well, you have heard all the hype, Cloud this, Cloud that, Public Cloud, Private Cloud, etc., etc., how the heck do you get ready? Your organization might not be ready to move 100% of your servers to someone else's data center yet, but still, what should you be doing NOW for that day when Cloud will be part of your everyday world? First we need to look at your existing environment. Truly take a good assessment of what you have. First thing about your servers, are they virtualized? Then think about DR/Backups? What happens if you entire data center isn'... (more)

The Cloud on Your Terms: Private Cloud and Hybrid

If you remember back to part 2 of this 30 part series, we defined Hybrid Cloud as just about anything you want it to do, it's really a combination of Public, Private, or Traditional IT. When we think about Private Cloud and combined with traditional IT it makes logical combination. Many IT shops have embraced virtualization as their current IT solution. Private Cloud is new compared to Public Cloud. But in most cases Private Cloud means taking that internal IT infrastructure to the next level, both in self service, and flexibility and automation. Very few companies are ready to ... (more)

Office 365: How Microsoft Does IT

In part 2 of this 30 part series we introduced the topic of Hybrid Cloud. That is the combining of Public, Private, and or traditional IT into a system that works for you. One of the great Hybrid examples I like to talk about is internally here at Microsoft. Microsoft is an extremely email centric company. Email is beyond a mission critical app for us. As such we spend a lot on our internal Exchange infrastructure. I have been on a beta test program for many years helping our Exchange team test the next version of Exchange before they are released. Well we have started moving "So... (more)