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Join us at the Microsoft Private Cloud Summit with the "Best of Microsoft Management Summit"! Learn about how the new System Center 2012 can help you manage nearly everything in your infrastructure - from the desktop, to devices, to datacenter and the cloud. At this one-day event, you will hear directly from our Redmond-based product team and Microsoft technology evangelists who will share what is new in System Center 2012, and give you a sneak peak of Windows Server "8". You will have the opportunity to engage with a panel of experts and get hands-on with the technology to see how you can simplify the management of your infrastructure, monitor and remediate application issues, and automate routine tasks. New York: Wed May 16, 2012 Chicago: Thu May 17, 2012 Los Angeles: Tue May 22, 2012 Register for your city today! ... (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)

Amazing Day of Announcements for Microsoft

Today is day two of MMS 2012, April 17th, 2012. I just can't believe the number of Announcements that have come out today. First here at the Keynote at MMS we announced the world wide availability of System Center 2012. To download the trial go to http://aka.ms/syscntr If you missed the keynote you can watch it here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/new.aspx Brad Anderson published a blog post today that further details the opportunities for IT professionals to accelerate their careers in the era of continuous services and connected devices. Yesterday we announced on... (more)

Windows Server 2012 Top 10

Reminder to register for the May 22nd TechTrax webcast. Thanks to those that have already registered! Windows Server 2012 Top Ten Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective server platform for the modern datacenter and the private cloud, which scales from a few individual servers all the way up to multitenant-aware, multisite environments. With the release of the next milestone of Windows Server 2012 - it has become apparent that this is one of the biggest releases of Windows Server since Windows 2000. That being said - there are so many new things... (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)