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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)

Get Help Getting Your Application in Windows 8 Store

Recently, the Windows Store blog announced that in the next significant Windows 8 preview release they will be expanding their global coverage with 33 additional app submission locales for developers. Our store services are ramping up as planned--and of course the plan includes ramping up developer registrations to enable app submissions to the Windows store. Today, you need an invite "token" to register. This begs the question - How can YOU get a token? It's easy! If your app is ready and you want to be among those developers who get to submit to the store early, simply attend o... (more)

Cloud on Your Terms: Public, Private, and Hybrid Clouds

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 a... (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)