An early look at the future of the datacenter from Microsoft

At a Microsoft event earlier today, the Windows team shared new information on the direction of Windows in the enterprise. Likewise, we in the Cloud + Enterprise team would like to start sharing the direction for our datacenter products, anchored on Windows Server and System Center, as we continue to deliver against our Cloud OS…

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Gartner names Microsoft a leader in Four Magic Quadrants

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve shared with you our vision for the software defined datacenter and talked about how our approach to hybrid cloud can help you transform your business into a more flexible enterprise of the future. It is our belief that our Cloud OS vision, built on the foundation of Windows…

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Learning from Cloud: Insights to Inform Your Strategy

This week, we’re kicking off a blog series called “Learning from Cloud.”  The purpose of this blog series is to provide you with a guided tour of the infrastructure innovation that Microsoft is delivering today.  We want to show you how it all fits together, and how cloud can change the way you think about…

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Research: Multi-Hypervisor Usage Shows Need for Consolidated Heterogeneous Management Solution

I’m seeing an interesting trend taking hold in organizations, which is the increasing implementation of multiple hypervisors within IT infrastructures. The reasons you, as decision makers in IT, typically cite for adopting this heterogeneous approach vary. They often include the desire to support your different application workloads, reduce your licensing and software costs, and your…

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Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica Helps Customers Make it Through Disaster

 When the winds and waves of Hurricane Sandy bore down ferociously on New York City, Microsoft partner WorkITsafe helped two customers prepare with Windows Server 2012 and the built-in Hyper-V Replica feature. As a result, their IT systems experienced minimal interruption as the hurricane flooded the surrounding area and required employees to hunker down at…

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Customer Spotlight: Marquette University reins in storage costs with Windows Server 2012, goes with Hyper-V over VMware

I recently blogged about some of the positive sentiments and comments Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V has been receiving from the press and recently surveyed customers, as well as the sharp uptick in deployments. As customer adoption grows for Windows Server 2012, the new Hyper-V and our private cloud solution, I thought it would be helpful…

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Top 5 Reasons to Choose Hyper-V for your Virtualization and Private Cloud Infrastructure

In my last post, I provided some facts related to Microsoft’s virtualization and private cloud offerings to help ensure that our customers and partners have accurate information as they’re exploring technology options and making investments in their infrastructure.  Some of these facts are related to providing customers with a scalable and economical private cloud solution…

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A Warm Reception for “Windows Server 8”

The engineering teams that have been working so hard on the next version of Windows Server, code named “Windows Server 8” have been excited to show the world all the new features they’ve created in response to customer feedback. They had an opportunity to inform a select group of reviewers and were delighted with the…

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Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Release Candidate Available Today

I am very excited to announce the Release Candidate of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (VMM) and the corresponding Evaluation VHD. This is a great step forward in enabling our customers to create private cloud solutions, and will allow you to begin creating your private cloud environments. Virtual Machine Manager delivers industry leading fabric,…

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