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From the Microsoft Blog From Kevin Turner. Making Carbon Neutrality Everyone's Responsibility at Microsoft Microsoft has a long tradition of tackling tough challenges at a global scale. We have always focused on how our technology can enrich people's lives, build businesses, and inspire and change the world. Working on the issues of energy use and environmental change provides another opportunity to make a difference in the world. It's the right thing to do. And it's also an opportunity to promote positive change, as the world transitions to new ways of using energy and managing natural resources. That's why today, Microsoft is taking a significant step to further reduce our environmental footprint. Beginning in fiscal year 2013 (which starts this July 1), Microsoft will be carbon neutral across all our direct operations including data centers, software development ... (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)

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)

System Center 2012 RC Downloads

Are you ready to try the latest on System Center 2012 Betas and Release Candidates? Go to http://aka.ms/syscntr and get the latest downloads. ... (more)