Windows Azure SQL Database named a Leader in the Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Cloud Databases, Q4 2012

Microsoft has been rated a leader in the first-ever Forrester Wave™: Enterprise Cloud Databases, Q4 2012.  Windows Azure SQL Database received the highest overall score for current offering and for market presence, and the second highest score for strategy. Not surprisingly, the nearest competitor is Amazon; Forrester assessed two separate Amazon products, Amazon RDS and…

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BizTalk Server 2013 BETA

Copied from Saravana Kumar’s blog on BizTalk360 Blog   This must put an end to the debate going on for the past two years "BizTalk is Dead". Both as a consultant in the past and founder of BizTalk360 I meet lot of customers who invested heavily on BizTalk server. For the past couple of years…

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PASS Summit 2012: The Conference for SQL Server Professionals

PASS Summit is the world’s largest and most intensive technical training conference for Microsoft SQL Server and BI professionals. But more than that, it’s your conference – planned and presented by the SQL Server community for the SQL Server community. Join us and get the top-notch training, technical tips and tricks, and networking and connections…

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Database Virtualisation: The End of Oracle RAC?

Reposting an interesting article from flashdba (Oracle databases, Exadata and the high-performance world of flash storage) on Sept. 10th.   Conclusion Ok so the title of this post was deliberately straying into the realms of sensationalism. I know that RAC is not dead – people will be running RAC systems for years to come. But…

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See the Entire List of Free E-Books from Microsoft Press

Be sure the check this blog periodically, as new books get added. Many of our free e-books are offered in three formats – PDF, Mobi (Kindle), and epub. Check out the Microsoft Press Deal of the Day.   Preview Edition: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript This first preview contains the first…

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Field Note: Using Certificate-Based Encryption in Windows Azure Applications

Reposting from Windows Azure Field Notes Group post This is the first in a series of articles focused on sharing “real-world” technical information from the Windows Azure community. This article was written by Walter Myers III, Principal Consultant, Microsoft Consulting Services. You can read the full post here.

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Putting People First with Microsoft Desktop Virtualization

Reposting from Karri Alexion-Tiernan blog post “Good morning/evening from Amsterdam! We’re at TechEd Europe 2012 this week, continuing our discussions on how to enable more flexible workstyles for your employees and how enterprises are shaping the future of desktop virtualization. In April, Gartner published a report titled “Desktop Virtualization: Building a People-Centric Infrastructure.” In this…

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E-Book: Solutions for Private, Public, and Hybrid Clouds

E-Book: Solutions for Private, Public, and Hybrid Clouds Make sure to read chapter one for information on why cloud computing is the most efficient and cost-effective way to deliver computing resources to users according to your business needs.

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Free E-Book Offer: Introducing Windows Server 2012

Free E-Book Offer: Introducing Windows Server 2012 For IT professionals looking for an early, high-level view of Windows Server 2012, there’s no better resource than the Microsoft Press e-book. Based on the beta release, this guide introduces its new features and capabilities, with scenario-based insights demonstrating how the platform can meet the needs of your…

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Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012 RC

Customer Value Testing has changed dramatically over the last several years, and what we’ve learned has changed our tools and our workflows. While the goal of a testing organization is to continuously test a system to ensure the best experience for its customers, the reality is bit different.  Because of the cost and pain involved…

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