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Welcome to Day 1 of 30 days of Cloud on Your Terms! Brian Lewis, Matt Hester , Kevin Remde and myself are going to take you through 30 days of Cloud discussion, from public to private to hybrid you are going to hear about it all from a technical aspect and stories from our own experiences working in our remote data center. The posts are designed to help you learn about the cloud, and hopefully point you in the right direction. We are going to offer some great How To information along with some screencasts and other materials. We may even toss a tip or two on how to pass an certification exam. So stay tuned to our blogs for the next month for some great information on the cloud. ... (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)

Cloud on Your Terms: A Lot of Water in a Data Center

Back in September the team I am on got to visit our "Cloud" Data Center in San Antonio, Texas. Now they wouldn't let us take pictures of the insides, but I have to tell you about some of the things I saw. You have all seen Data Centers, raised floor and lots of air conditioning especially here in HOT Texas in the summers. It takes a huge amount of electricity to cool a large data center. Well when we built San Antonio Data Center back in 2008, we wanted to be as Green as possible. Check out this Blog entry about the data center from http://www.greenm3.com/ Green Data Center Blog.... (more)

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.5

Simplify cloud migration planning with MAP Toolkit 6.5 The Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5 is now available for download. The journey to the cloud is now smoother than ever with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.5. The MAP Toolkit's new capabilities help users to securely assess heterogeneous IT environments while enabling the evaluation of workloads for migration to Microsoft's private and public cloud platforms. Consolidate existing server workloads using the updated Microsoft Private ... (more)