The Cloud IS the Commodity with NFV

Have always thought the industry published a decent NFV white paper in October of 2012 and then failed to follow its own plan. The white paper talked about leveraging the capabilities of the hyper-scale IT cloud platform operators but then the industry decided to reinvent the cloud platform. The industry lost track of the distinct…

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Growing Role of Platforms in Cybersecurity

Article originally published in “The Cyber Defense Review”, Winter 2017 by U.S. Army Cyber Institute, West Point, NY.       http://cyberdefensereview.army.mil/ Summary Platforms are becoming a dominant force in business and software architecture. Regardless of where you look across commercial, government, health or military/defense sectors, platforms are increasingly becoming core features of the digital…

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Software Defined Cloud – Platforms and Tenants

Microsoft has contributed to the TM Forum Digital Ecosystem Reference Architecture (DERA) project some proven approaches to cloud architecture and management developed and battle tested during the evolution of Azure to a global, hyper-scale, software defined cloud. The TM Forum defines a Digital Ecosystem Platform (DEP) as a platform that provides the necessary common reusable…

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Microsoft Azure IOT Services and TM Forum Open Digital Framework

IOT can have lots of different meanings. One way to look at nearly any IOT scenario is as a digital ecosystem. The question then becomes: What does it take to setup an IOT related digital ecosystem and what does it take to join one? For service providers interested in establishing a digital ecosystem, the TM…

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Transforming to a Digital Service Provider

“Digital Transformation” is a term often applied to the telecommunications industry today.  Traditional telecom lines of business have been experiencing declining margins in the face of fierce competition, market saturation and commoditization.  At the same time, disruptive ‘over the top’ alternatives have held global telecom revenues flat in 2013 at about $1.7 Trillion worldwide. In…

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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Virtual Switch

Software Defined Networking is becoming harder to define.   SDN used to be primarily associated with network communications service providers.  However, with the advent of Multi-Cloud Service Delivery and the need to optimize service performance across multiple service domains, the need for SDN optimization extends into both the intra-cloud and inter-cloud network fabric. Windows Server 2012…

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M2M – Ford And Microsoft Deliver 5 Millionth SYNC-Enabled Vehicle

  http://seekingalpha.com/article/979151-ford-and-microsoft-deliver-5-millionth-sync-enabled-vehicle-plan-to-bring-cloud-and-car-closer-together?source=cnbc “Today at GigaOm Roadmap, Windows Embedded General Manager Kevin Dallas joined Ford CTO Paul Mascarenas on stage to mark the fifth anniversary of SYNC and major milestone: the 5 millionth SYNC-enabled vehicle sold.  With this year’s expansion to the EU and Asia, Ford expects that number to reach 13 million by 2015.”

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Forester Says “running out of excuses to not try Microsoft Windows Azure”

According to a recent post by James Staten Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research “With the latest release of Windows Azure here at Build, Microsoft’s premier developer shindig, this cloud service has become a serious contender for the top spot in cloud platforms.” … “If you have been waiting for your peers to…

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Running Windows 8 on a Lenovo X220 Laptop for Real Work

I have been running Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my Lenovo X220 Laptop.  It installed quickly without any problems.  All devices installed without any manual intervention. On the road, it works as a conventional Laptop without a touch screen.  In the office, I drop it onto a Lenovo cradle and drive two 32 inch HD…

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Final Release of Hyper-V Drivers for OpenNebula

OpenNebula has just announced the release of the final version of the Hyper-V drivers for OpenNebula 3.2.  As far as is known, this constitutes the most feature-rich, scalable and efficient integration of an open-source cloud stack with Microsoft Hyper-V, being an excellent example of collaboration in cloud innovation and interoperability.  Now Microsoft Hyper-V clouds can…

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