Microsoft Data Center Tour

Where is the Microsoft Cloud? In reality, it exists in globally distributed data center infrastructure, connected through a worldwide fiber optic network. This infrastructure supports over 200 online services, including Bing®, Hotmail®, MSN®, Office 365, Windows Live®, X-Box Live®, and the Windows Azure™ platform. Microsoft has been operating data centers since 1989, and we continue…


A Day In The Microsoft Cloud

Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the engine that powers Microsoft’s cloud services. They focus on smart growth, high reliability, operational excellence, cost-effectiveness, environmental sustainability, and a trustworthy online experience for customers and partners worldwide. GFS delivers the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for Microsoft’s over 200 online businesses.  The infrastructure is comprised of a large…


Economic Adaptability, business drivers and strategy for a private cloud

Written by Bryan McMillan, Architect, Microsoft Services Businesses today are challenged to become more agile to facilitate their ability to innovate. To be competitive, IT departments must operate in an increasingly challenging economic environment, spend more time delivering new value, and do it more quickly while assimilating disruptive technologies. IT departments are responding to these…


Window Maker Improves IT Service Delivery, Efficiency with Hyper-V Private Cloud

Pella has long been a trusted name in home and commercial construction, making beautifully crafted, energy-efficient windows and doors. But the construction business has been tough lately.  Pella is a just in time manufacturer committed to continuous improvement and efficiency in all facets of its business.  Watch the video to find our why Pella’s IT…


Windows Server 2012 Powers the Cloud OS

On September 4, 2012 in a global online launch event Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business, announced the general availability of Windows Server 2012. In his keynote speech, Nadella described how Windows Server 2012 is a cornerstone of the Cloud OS, which provides one consistent platform across private, hosted and public clouds.   …


Why Enterprise Architects Must Drive Cloud Strategy and Planning

Written by Mike Walker, IT Director | Enterprise Information Architecture , Dell Corporation Previously, we talked about the ways to achieve a balance between value and risk in order to get the most out of your cloud investments. In that post I identified the methods and tools used to identify value and minimize risk for…


Microsoft Builds Trust in the Enterprise with Dynamics CRM Online

Written by Ayrianne Davis, Microsoft Public Sector Dynamics Lead Enterprise adoption of cloud-based customer relationship management (CRM) continues to grow as organizations realize the inherent benefits of easy online access to solve their needs in sales, marketing, and customer service. With this increase comes an accelerated demand for trust, as technology professionals navigate the evolving…


Microsoft IT’s Journey to the Cloud : An Application View

 Written by Microsoft IT Showcase Microsoft IT (MSIT) currently uses mostly conventional on-premises products, but is moving rapidly to a mixed-use environment in which it utilizes some combination of on-premises software, software as a service (such as Microsoft® Exchange Online), and Windows Azure products. Microsoft developed the Windows Azure platform as a foundation for developing…


Customer conversations: The Cloud

 Written by Susan Hauser, Microsoft Corporate Vice President One of the most rewarding parts of my role is getting time to spend with the field and engaging with customers.   I come away energized and with deep insights from every meeting.  Every customer engagement represents an opportunity for me to learn, hear new perspectives and offer…


The cloud – Unlocking new enterprise paradigms

The late 90’s saw the advent of online presence. Enterprises started realizing greater opportunities beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar business model. The millennium saw the momentum shift to “as-a-service” models. Organizations built business by leveraging innovative business models, low cost to entry and unbridled entrepreneurial spirit. Traditional powerhouses realized the sway in momentum albeit a little…