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Microsoft slashed prices on several of its cloud computing services the company announced on Monday, following through on a standing promise to match Amazon Web Services, which made similar cuts last week. The software giant made the announcement in a blog post by Windows Azure general...
The Data Platform Group at Microsoft does a lot, from SQL Server and their Hadoopey HDInsight offering through to Business Intelligence and analytics capabilities which sit in or on top of the humble Excel spreadsheet. I’ve touched upon pieces of this whole before, in a 2009 podc...
PHunterLau wins the challenge, but more STEM skills still neededReading, 1st April, 2014: The Prime Challenge, launched by Microsoft Azure in November last year (291113) came to an end on Saturday (2903) with the user registered as PHunterLau being declared the winner. Over 400 people ...
This article is Part 3 of a three-part article mini-series on using Project Siena and Microsoft Azure cloud services together to build real no-code Windows 8.1 business apps.  Project Siena gives business users the ability to create powerful business apps without writing any code ...
On Monday morning, Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella announced that Scott Guthrie is now the executive vice president of its Cloud and Enterprise group, Phil Spencer will run its Xbox work, and that, when the Nokia acquisition closes, former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will pick up the title of...
Hopefully you never forgot Group Policy! Whenever the topic of working with desktops in business is brought up, IT Pro’s always want to manage and maintain those desktops. For me the first thing that always come to mind is Group Policy and hopefully does for you as well. Group Pol...
Project Siena is super-cool, because it extends the ability to build real data-driven business apps to non-developers inside organizations: that is, the business experts and power users who, in many cases, know the inner meaning of business data better than anyone else in an organizati...
Microsoft Project Siena, currently in Beta 2, enables business users to create powerful no-code apps for Windows 8.1 that can connect to enterprise applications, cloud services and the web.  Now, without any programming, your users can quickly create apps that leverage their knowl...
Two is better than one and that has been proved to be true after a glorious year of partnership which was established last year between Seagate Evault and Microsoft Azure Cloud platform.  The backup and recovery services of Evault have strengthened the Microsoft Azure platform to ...
I’ve been delivering lots of hands-on events lately on our Microsoft Azure cloud platform.  As part of our events, we step through the process of building complete multi-VM virtual network environments on the Azure platform with VM’s running Windows Server 2012 R2, SQL...
Klagenfurt, Austria, March 21, 2014 --(PR.com)-- High Performance Cloud Encoding bitmovin will be showing its bitcodin transcoding and streaming service with the highest performance in the market today, demonstrating the speed, quality and capabilities of massively scalable cloud-bas...
Today I was fortunate enought to speak on using Windows Azure Notification Hubs to deliver push notifications to millions of devices at the Mobile March conference in Minneapolis, MN. The purpose of this post is to provide resources to those who attended the talk or who are otherwise i...
Atlanta, GA, March 19, 2014 --(PR.com)-- The collection contains downloadable video clips of hitting, fielding and pitching. The NPF video library can be accessed by going to Dartfish TV. To access the NPF video library, go to NPF Collections on www.Dartfish.TV/npf “We are prou...
SQL Server 2014 RTM, billed as 'Microsoft Cloud First Platform' will be RTM on April 1, 2014The main feature is the in-memory OLTP processing which will turbo- charge transaction processing making it as much as 30 times faster. In order to use this feature you need memroy-optimize...
This two-part series details the IP address management of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services including: Part 1. Windows Azure Infrastructure Services IP assignments facts Part 2. How to assign a static IP to a Windows Azure VM and a sample session...(read more)
This two-part series details the IP address management of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services including: Part 1. Windows Azure Infrastructure Services IP assignments facts (This article) Part 2. How to assign a static IP to a Windows Azure VM and a...(read more)
It is now official that the collaboration deal is in place according to a general availability. Details here:Announcing General Availability of Oracle Software on Windows Azure and Updates to Windows Azure Traffic ManagerOpen and flexible platforms are in vogue and that was adopted as ...
As with Nathan's book WPF 4 Unleashed books, this book is a pure pleasure to read. It is in full color, the content is laid out in an easy to read style, the author's writing style makes it easy to read, and the content is all valuable. There is no fluff like you find in a lot of the b...
Thursday 13 March, 2014 Number of Brits ‘moonlighting’ more than doubles in 12 months Struggling: 65% take on extra work to pay for heating or food bills Liverpool, Manchester, and Bolton are UK moonlighting hotspots 21% ‘moonlight’ to cover debt repayments. The number of Brits...
This is a cross-posting from http://yungchou.wordpress.com . HIPPA     Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure Receives FISMA Approval http://aka.ms/FISMA    Windows Azure Compliance http://aka.ms/waCompliance Windows Azure HIPPA Implementation...(read more)
One of the most often questions/feedback we get regarding Windows 8.1 is where is my start menu. These conversations can get very passionate, and usually turn into a commentary around on how much we miss our start menu. I am sure some folks want to punch the screen. I totally unders...
London - March 06, 2014 - Attenda Limited, the Business Critical IT company, today announced that it is one of the UK service provider partners in the Equinix EMEA Cloud Ecosystem, providing its clients with direct access to an extended range of cloud services. Platform Equinix enabl...
Red Hat steps into Microsoft's turf offering a PaaS consisting of Microsoft.NET and SQL Server. This service is going to be offered (not ready yet) on Red Hat's OpenShift platform with UHURU software providing the code support. Open source UHURU was started by former MSFT Employees.Abo...
Both High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR) have been essential IT topics. Fundamentally HA is about fault tolerance relevant to the hardware and the software of an examined application, while DR roots on the ability to resume operations in...(read more)
Friday 28 February, 2014 Samsung Electronics announced today that Samsung KNOX will now support Microsoft’s Workplace Join to Active Directory and the Windows Intune cloud-based mobile device management solution in addition to Samsung’s Cloud Printing solution, which uses both M...
Partnership Further Validates CloudSigma's Commitment to Advancing Open, Flexible Cloud Environments Zurich, Switzerland - February 27, 2014 - CloudSigma, a public cloud IaaS provider with advanced hybrid hosting solutions, today announced that it is partnering with CompatibleOne, an o...
Over the past several weeks, my teammates have all contributed to a very valuable series of blog articles entitled “Disaster Recovery Planning for IT Pros”.  They’ve covered topics such as how to get started in planning, and Server Virtualization and how it applies to Disaster Rec...
In a recent blog post Scott Guthrie outlined Windows Azure Management improvements to come. Some of them are still in 'preview' stage. However, if you are a Windows Azure subscriber you can check them out.Here is a listing of the improvements in preview with a brief summary:ExpressRout...
Implementing an effective Disaster Recovery and Business Continuance plan can be a really complicated and expensive ordeal for some Private Clouds.   In many cases, competing solutions either don't meet the Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) that an organization may require,...
I started doing SharePoint Conference readiness checklists back at SPC11 and I wanted to continue the tradition with #SPC14.  Mark Freeman (@SPHotShot) has continued the tradition of beating me to it and has already put out a great guide and I wanted to add my two cents.  Thi...
Yes, in the U.S. we’re coming to a town near you with some free training and hands-on experiences again – this time covering Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2 to support hybrid cloud scenarios. Here’s the description of the event from the registration pages: Build Hybrid Cloud ...
File servers are a key foundational workload in most organizations.  In addition to providing shared folders for document collaboration, storage and archiving, they can also serve as a data repository for other key business applications.  As such, file servers are a kind of &...
You CAN have the best of both worlds! With Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2, IT Pros can easily extend an on-premises network to embrace the power and scale of the cloud – securely and seamlessly. These Hybrid Cloud scenarios present real solutions that you can implement t...
Backup and restore of Windows Azure virtual machines has been a hot topic lately in the events that I’ve been delivering.  A few days ago, I published Part 1 of a two-part series on this topic on the Hey, Scripting Guy! blog that covers the first part of the process: safely ...
Another Unleashed behemoth!!! It is a whopping 1683 of printed pages and 2765 pages when you include the additional chapters available in the eBook you get with the printed book. If this book doesn’t contain the information you need about SQL Server 2012, then you probably won’t find i...
In the past, I’ve highlighted some of the great free technical ebooks that are available from Microsoft Press, such as: FREE EBOOK: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 FREE EBOOK: Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller In this article, I'll point you ...
Big drop in price for data processing price for big data was announced by Microsoft effective February 7, 2014. Also announced was the name change for Windows Azure Media Services.Here is a summary of this change in price:As to name change what was called 'Encoding Reserved Units' prev...
QSK is a small tool that I wrote to facilitate the learning of Windows Azure Infrastructure Services and Windows Azure PowerShell cmdlets. It documents the deployment methodology with logical steps for configuring and deploying Windows Azure Cloud Services...(read more)
Managing user credentials and application access is becoming more-and-more difficult in today's "cloud era".  In addition to managing access to traditional on-premises applications, we're also faced with managing access to numerous 3rd party cloud-based applicati...