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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)

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)

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)

The Cloud on Your Terms: Lessons Learned

So day three now of lessons learned within this blog series. Kevin started us out with his lessons here, then yesterday Brian Lewis told us what he learned, and now today is my turn. Part of this post originally appeared on my blog October 5, hey I wrote it so I gave myself permission to leverage here: Last week I was part of a team that traveled to San Jose, CA. Our mission was to get some hands-on experience, and build a test lab that we can use to demo System Center, Private Cloud, VDI, Clustering, etc. etc., etc. for our events over the next few months. Our Monday got off ... (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)