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  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Ships for Your Private Cloud

    Microsoft System Center 2012 is now available for evaluation and purchase, to create private clouds. The announcement was made by Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson at Microsoft Management Summit this week. He discussed how IT professionals can evolve their roles with cloud computing to help their...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2012 RTM Available for Evaluation, App Compatibility Test

    Evaluations of the release to manufacturing version (RTM) version of SQL Server 2012 will allow you to test your application for compatibility. The fully functional trial software will automatically expire after six months. Get it from the SQL Server 2012 download site . General availability of SQL...
  • Blog Post: Register Today to Join in the SQL Server 2012 Launch March 7

    You are cordially invited to be a part of the Virtual Launch Event for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 . Attendance is free and open to both partners and customers. All you need to do is register here . Hear from Microsoft executives about new functionality being released. If you are unable to attend the...
  • Blog Post: Give Your App High Availability, Disaster Recovery Using AlwaysOn SQL Server 2012

    Have you wanted to offer your customers disaster recovery/high availability? But providing that capability seems like a big programming challenge. Instead, SQL Server 2012 introduces AlwaysOn where you can offer added value with a straight forward code change in your connection string. AlwaysOn by...
  • Blog Post: Register Today for the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch Event on March 7

    SQL Server 2012 launches March 7. Register now for the Virtual Launch Event. You will have access to over 30+ sessions to learn about the new capabilities of SQL Server 2012 at your own pace, in your own schedule. This event brings together a who’s who of industry experts and executives to tell...
  • Blog Post: New Community Previews for BI, Connecting SQL to the Cloud

    Two new Community Technology Previews (CTPs) for SQL Azure have been announced at PASS Summit 2011 that are aimed at enhancing BI capabilities and connecting data in the cloud and on-premises. SQL Azure Reporting enables developers to use familiar tools to create and deploy operational reports...
  • Blog Post: Try Private Cloud Tools with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC

    The Virtual Machine Manager team has released the release candidate for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (VMM). VMM helps enable centralized management of physical and virtual IT infrastructure, increased server utilization, and dynamic resource optimization across multiple virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Get Datasheets, White papers, Presentations, Demos in New Product Guide for SQL Server ‘Denali’

    Download the datasheets, white papers, technical presentations, demonstrations, and links to videos that will help you evaluate Microsoft SQL Server code name 'Denali.' The release is available as community preview 3. The SQL Server code name 'Denali' Community Technical Preview 3 (CTP3) Product Guide...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Avalara Maps Sales Taxes on Windows Azure

    Turns out that sales taxes are more difficult to calculate than it might seem. More than 15,000 taxable regions inside the US form a mosaic for sales tax calculation. Fire districts, state districts, special taxation districts, and state rules on items all play a part. Avalara put together a new product...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap – Updates Announced for Data Center at Tech•Ed

    Announcements this week at Tech•Ed included new products for System Center, Forefront, and new support for Linux-based CentOS in Hyper-V. The announcements include: System Center Orchestrator (formerly Opalis) provides an IT process automation platform that orchestrates workflows across...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Author of Book on SQL Server Hardware Gives Decision-Making Tips

    A new book, SQL Server Hardware , tells you what you need to know about your hardware before you create your database. The book by Most Valued Professional Glenn Berry of Newsgator describes how you can determine your hardware requirements for SQL Server. Glenn shares his expertise gained at Newsgator...
  • Blog Post: Springboard Series Tour Brings Answers for IT Pros

    ISVs often ask me about how they can improve their data center and internal practices. The Springboard Series Tour is back to help answer those questions. This 6 city tour brings the top product teams from Microsoft to you. We understand the questions and issues that IT Pros deal with every day...
  • Blog Post: Elevate the Security of Windows Server 2008 R2 Data Centers

    The Microsoft Solution Accelerators team is pleased to announce the release of new resources that you can use in combination with the Microsoft Security Compliance Manager tool: the Windows Server 2008 R2 Security Baseline and the Office 2010 Security Baseline, and setting packs for Windows 7 and Internet...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse Now Available

    SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse is now available. The announcement was made at PASS Summit 2010. Also announced a new Microsoft Critical Advantage Program, which provides an end-to-end experience across the complete life cycle of mission-critical appliances, such as SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel...
  • Blog Post: MSDEV Videos on SQL Azure Detail Data Sync, Geo Replication, Firewall, Security

    New MSDEV videos show you how to use SQL Azure Data Sync to synchronize data between the cloud and on premises and between cloud data centers. In addition, two other videos show how to manage the SQL Azure firewall and configure SQL Azure for security. Using SQL Azure Data Sync Service to provide...
  • Blog Post: Service Update to SQL Azure Now Supports Database Copy

    The updated version of SQL Azure now supports Database copy, adds new How-to documentation, and an update to Project “Houston”. About Database Copy Database copy allows you to make a real-time complete snapshot of your database into a different server in the data center. This new copy...
  • Blog Post: Security White Paper on Windows Azure Answers Many FAQ

    A white paper that answers many of the customer frequently asked questions about Windows Azure is now available for download. The white paper provides details on how Windows Azure provides confidentiality, integrity, and availability of customer data. It also provides detail on how we provide accountability...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announced Turnkey Windows Azure Appliance

    At Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft today introduced a Windows Azure platform appliance, the first turnkey cloud services platform for deployment in customer and service provider datacenters. Dell Inc., eBay Inc., Fujitsu Ltd. and HP are early adopters of a limited production release of the appliance...
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