January Newsletter – Cloud Computing and the New Decade

We have left the century’s introductory decade behind us. Will the Cloud be massively adopted during the 2010s? Let’s take a look what industry experts have to say. Sign up for other newsletters | Unsubscribe | Update your profile Cloud Computing January 2010   Cloud Computing and the New Decade Dear Architect, Greetings and happy…

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[Information Week] Microsoft Azure Supports Federated ID

A federated identity can be used to provide a single sign on to multiple applications, both in the enterprise and in the cloud. Microsoft has adopted a "claims-based architecture" in its approach to managing the identities of users in its Azure cloud. At its Professional Developers Conference in L.A. recently, it announced a Microsoft Identity…

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[Network World] Microsoft Begins Paving Path for IT, Cloud Integration

Microsoft launched at PDC a serious effort to build IT into its cloud plans by introducing technologies that help connect existing corporate networks and cloud services to make them look like a single infrastructure. "Azure is looking at the second wave," says Ray Valdes, an analyst with Gartner. "That wave is what happens after raw…

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[eWeek] SugarCRM Brings CRM Play to Windows Azure

SugarCRM has announced that it will offer its CRM applications on the Windows Azure to enable its customers and value-added resellers (VARs) to benefit from the real-time scalability, high availability and on-demand infrastructure of the Microsoft cloud platform for Web applications and services. Read full story…

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Exchange Server 2010 Available

At the Microsoft Tech•Ed Europe 2009 conference in Germany, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop announced that Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is now available worldwide to help businesses reduce costs, protect communications and delight e-mail users. Along with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 is part of a generation of solutions…

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The Economist on How Win7 Marks the End of an Era and the Beginning of a Battle in the Clouds

Much of computing will no longer be done on personal computers in homes and offices, but in the “cloud”: huge data centres housing vast storage systems and hundreds of thousands of servers, the powerful machines that dish up data over the internet. Web-based e-mail, social networking and online games are all examples of what are…

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[InformationWeek] Failover and Load Balancing: Hyper-V Adds Live Migration

Virtual machine live migration is the top new feature of Windows Server 2008 Release 2, said Bill Laing, Microsoft corporate VP for the Windows Server and Solutions Division, in an interview. Laing highlighted what he considered the prime features of the software, now in the hands of major distributors, while he was in San Francisco…

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Microsoft to Shift Servers, Culture to New Green Lab

Microsoft’s Redmond Ridge 1, a new computer lab being built a few miles from the Redmond campus, aims to consolidate existing computer labs on campus and help shift company culture to remote software development, while reducing the company’s carbon footprint by 12,000 metric tons. Read press pass… [Seattle Times] New Microsoft server lab opening in…

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Virtualization: Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Now Available

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is a stand-alone product that provides a reliable and optimized virtualization solution enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs. With the addition of new features such as live migration and expanded processor and memory support for host systems, it allows organizations to consolidate workloads onto a single physical…

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[NYTimes] In the New Data Center, It’s Roofs Off and Taxes Down

Google and Microsoft continue to spar over both their data center designs and how much information they reveal about the inner workings of their vast computing centers. Read full story Microsoft’s Generation 4 Modular Data Center Vision

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