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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: Release Candidate for System Center 2012 Key Building Block in Your Private Cloud Strategy

    System Center 2012 Release Candidate (RC) joins Hyper-V and Windows Server as key building blocks for Microsoft's private cloud strategy . ISVs are building out their cloud strategy by selling software for deployment to on premises or cloud customer sites, selling subscriptions through their own hosted...
  • 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: Next Version of Visual Studio ALM Announced at Tech•Ed

    Jason Zander, corporate vice president of Visual Studio, announced a key pillar of the next version of Microsoft Visual Studio at Tech•Ed North America today. He also demonstrated a connector that will improve the interaction between the development and operations teams. vNext ALM For developer...
  • Blog Post: New System Center 2012 Helps Deploy, Manage Customer’s Public, Private Cloud

    The new System Center 2012 , announced at Microsoft Management Summit , will enable your IT managers and your customers’ IT Managers build private clouds with the infrastructure they know and own today — including other vendors’ platforms and virtualization technologies. ISVs are...
  • Blog Post: Monitor Windows Azure Applications with New Management Pack

    CIOs of companies moving to Windows Azure Platform want to insure that the application is responding as expected. Release Candidate (RC) of the Monitoring Management Pack (MP) for Windows Azure (version 6.1.7686.0) can be immediately deployed by customers running System Center Operations Manager 2007...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Application Monitoring Management Pack Released

    The Windows Azure Management Pack enables you to monitor the availability and performance of applications that are running on Windows Azure. Feature Summary Discovers Windows Azure applications. Provides status of each role instance. Collects and monitors performance information. Collects and monitors...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: Datacastle Brings Data Protection From the Cloud

    Datacastle provides a way for businesses to protect vulnerable data with backup, recovery, encryption, and even data shredding if laptops might be lost or stolen. The data protection server console manage protection is both on premises and hosted in Windows Azure. It also includes a Web Services interface...
  • Blog Post: Join in Windows Azure FireStarter Online

    You are invited to join in a day-long FireStarter event for Windows Azure. The event is available online and in person in Redmond, WA April 6 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Pacific Time (11:20 AM – 9 PM Eastern). We have some rock stars from the Azure Product Team including Steve Marx who’ll be talking about Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Watch Advanced Training Online for Windows Server 2008 R2

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Advanced Series is an on-demand series about the advanced features of Windows Server 2008 R2 . Topics will include Building a Seamless Enterprise, Virtualization Enhancements, Remote Desktop & Remote Apps, Managing with Server 2008 R2 and Web Server Improvements. Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Editor Choice - Architecture Journal Editor Explores Infrastructure, Silverlight, Web Resources

    Architecture Journal editor has chosen several articles that may be of interest. Topics represent forward thinking regarding how you architect your systems. The Architecture Journal is an independent platform for free thinkers and practitioners of IT architecture. New editions are issued quarterly with...
  • Blog Post: APIs Released for Azure Services Management

    The Windows Azure Service Management API has been released to help you manage your deployments, hosted services and storage accounts. This is a REST-based API which users can code against in their toolset of choice to manage their services. This is a REST-based API that uses X509 client certificates...
  • Blog Post: Free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Supports Live Migration

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 that includes live migration is now available from Microsoft Download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 . Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 a stand-alone hyper-visor that includes live migration and expanded processor and memory support for host systems. You can consolidate workloads...
  • Blog Post: Reflections On How to Assess Development Teams

    For me, software companies have two things that are of value. Intellectual property (IP) is the first. And the capabilities to create and complete as a team. And of the two, I have come to believe that the second is usually more important. Great software companies are about teams. Microsoft Architect...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 Online Videos Available

    Want to get started with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 and want to learn the tricks of the trade? Here’s a list of presentations, demos, and training videos. The videos are aimed at ITPros so do not expect to see code. Many of these videos also apply to developers and testers who administer networks...
  • Blog Post: Roadmaps for Major Products Announced at TechEd

    The product roadmaps for the coming year were announced at TechEd this past week. The products include lots of important technology for ISVs. Date not announced: Silverlight 3 . introducing more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser,...
  • Blog Post: Map Apps to Cloud, Discover Business Motivations, Develop Parallel Apps, Much More in Latest Architecture Journal

    The Architecture Journal 19 - TechEd Special Edition is now available online. Read in this issue Mapping Applications to the Cloud by Darryl Chantry. Wil l all applications run in the Cloud? Should you attempt to port all of your existing applications to the Cloud? Should all your new applications...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Platform Training Kit, Management Tools Get Update

    Updates to the Azure Services Platform Training Kit and Azure Services Management Tools have been released. Azure Services Platform Training Kit Update Today we released an updated version of the Azure Services Training Kit. The first Azure Services Training Kit was released during the week of...
  • Blog Post: Beta Updated for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

    The latest beta of latest update to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 has been updated. The R2 version supports live migration that lets users move virtual machines (VMs) from one machine to another within a virtual host cluster with little or no downtime. Host processors must...
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