Microsoft joins the Open Compute Project Foundation

Today we announced that Microsoft is joining the OCPF. Not only are we joining the project but we are be contributing hardware specifications, design collateral (CAD and Gerber files), and system management source code for Microsoft’s cloud server designs. We are bring our best in class design, deployment and management practices that we have refined…

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Azure WebSites is now Generally Available

Lots of major updates today for Windows Azure!! Web Sites: General Availability Release of Windows Azure Web Sites with SLA A 99.9% monthly SLA (Service Level Agreement) for the Standard tier Microsoft Support available on a 24×7 basis (with plans that range from developer plans to enterprise Premier support) The Free tier runs in a…

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Whitepaper: Disaster Recovery and High Availability for Windows Azure Applications

  The team have recently released a new whitepaper Disaster Recovery and High Availability for Windows Azure Applications The whitepaper outlines the necessary architecture steps to be taken to disaster-proof a Windows Azure deployment so that the larger business continuity process can be implemented. A business continuity plan is a roadmap for continuing operations under…

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Learning SQL Server 2012 with labs built in Windows Azure IaaS VMs

Hello again, Well now that the dust has settled it’s time to seriously blog again. In any event, as some of you may know I have changed roles and I’m now a Technical Evangelist for Windows Azure and SQL Server / SQL Database.  What I’ve learned in this new role, is that this is a…

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Regarding Cloud Security and Data Sovereignty

There are two primary concerns for governments and organisations in Australia when considering taking advantage of Cloud Computing. #1: Security, #2: Data Sovereignty.  While these are legitimate concerns, they are largely misunderstood and surrounded by Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD). We need to address this FUD, rather than sticking our collective heads in the sand…

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Cloud As a Security Layer–#Winning

I’ve often been a proponent of thinking of Cloud based computing as a security layer between you and the bad guys. It seems the US Department of Defense agrees with me. http://techinsider.nextgov.com/2011/03/cyber_command_shifting_to_the_cloud.php Now, by far the most common area of attack where bad guys get information or do damage to systems other than lost/stolen equipment…

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Cloud Power moves into high gear

We’ve been talking about the Cloud for a long time. In fact Bill Gates talked about Microsoft’s commitment to it in 2002 in one of his keynotes so it’s nothing new to Microsoft. We’ve been providing Cloud based services quietly for about 15 years now.  We’ve now moved into high gear with the launch of…

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