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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: 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: Learn to Build Your Private Cloud at TechNet Sessions in Western US

    Cloud Power! What are the options? Public Cloud, Hybrid Cloud, Private Cloud? Which one is right for your business? Join us as we discuss the basics of cloud infrastructures and the details of how to build your own private cloud. In 4 hours we will build a private cloud with you! We will talk about...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap to Transition to the Cloud, Windows Server 8, System Center Beta Announced

    Acknowledging the continued need for on-premises deployments, Satya Nadella, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, outlined how partners can use Microsoft’s private cloud solution and announced roadmaps for products to bridge private to public cloud. The private cloud solution...
  • 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: TechNet Events Presents: Managing Assets in the Cloud

    The continued rapid evolution of computing requires IT Pros to stay nimble and adjust their skills to meet the needs of their changing networks. Virtualized computing environments and the growth of “cloud” computing mean that the physical servers and workstations we have had on premise for...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Neverfail Software Developers Adopt Hyper-V, Add Customer Value

    Paddy Falls, CTO of Neverfail Software spent a few minutes to talk with me about how Neverfail adopted Hyper-V . Falls describes the customer benefit, how the development team incorporates virtualization in the dev process. He talks about the upcoming versions of Hyper-V that is part of Windows Server...
  • 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: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Beta Offers Live Migration, Provisioning

    ISVs are using Hyper-V to test and host applications. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) offers a centralized way to manage your virtual machines, whether they be on Hyper-V , Virtual PC, or VMWare. Use VMM to manage the great new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta including: ...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Create Managable Apps Using a New Health Modeling Tool Available for VSTS

    You customers may be using System Center Operations Manager 2007 to monitor your environment, but what about your applications? Architects, developers and IT Pros have a new tool available to build highly manageable applications that can be monitored by Operations Manager. Making your applications...
  • Blog Post: Increase customer satisfaction by using health modeling

    One of the key ways to differentiate your application is to integrate tightly with the tools used in your customer's IT departments. When you make it easier for the IT Pros to figure out what is right and what it wrong with your applications customer satisfaction increases too. Health models are the...
  • Blog Post: Support for the Ops Team, but Where to Start?

    Several of my ISV's have expressed a need to support operations. They want to be able to report to operations how their application is performing, whether it needs fixes or some configuration setting is failing. These forward-looking ISV's know that supporting the IT department is a way to increase customer...
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