New flexible way for customers to buy Microsoft Operations Management Suite

This post was authored by Mike Schutz, General Manager, Cloud Platform Marketing. As you think about the transition from traditional IT to cloud, a key element in making that transition possible is IT operations management. Just about every business now has a mix of resources, with some still primarily running on-premises infrastructure and others now…

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Microsoft Loves Linux Deep Dive #7: Managing Linux in System Center Virtual Machine Manager

This post was written by Michael Kelley, Principal PM Manager, Cloud + Enterprise team. This blog post is #7 in a series of technical posts about running and managing Linux and FreeBSD in your on-premises datacenter. Other posts in the series are here: Overview Microsoft Loves Linux Running Linux and FreeBSD as a guest operating system…

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Microsoft Named a Leader in Gartner’s Server Virtualization Magic Quadrant for Fifth Consecutive Year

Microsoft’s datacenter platform technology is critical to IT. Windows Server is the most broadly deployed server OS on the planet and 2 out of every 3 enterprise seats are covered with System Center. We believe that cost savings and the ability to simply modernize IT assets continually bring customers such as King County and UConn…

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Microsoft delivers new hybrid cloud management innovation

Customers today are embracing cloud at a rapid pace and many of them are turning to a hybrid cloud strategy. The journey to the cloud is unique for each customer as they choose the right mix of on-premises and cloud assets that works for them, which introduces complexity in IT management. Over the past few…

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New Server Logo Certification Programs

The Enterprise Cloud Application Logo Certification Program is designed to help partners drive business growth through recognition that their applications work with Microsoft’s server and cloud platforms.  In order to deliver exceptional value to our partners, we are improving and expanding our individual product logo programs. We are excited to announce the launch of our…

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Learning from Cloud: What does a server upgrade mean for your organization?

Customers often ask why it’s so important to migrate to the more recent versions of Windows Server.  Today we mark exactly one year remaining until the end of support for Windows Server 2003, which puts some urgency behind that question for a lot of organizations.  So what’s the upside to migrating off Windows Server 2003? …

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System Center 2012 SP1 UR6 and System Center 2012 R2 UR2 now available

Customers can now download the latest update rollups for both System Center 2012 SP1 and System Center 2012 R2.  Update rollups provide a cumulative package of fixes for each System Center component and are available from Microsoft Update.  Alternatively, they can be manually downloaded from the Microsoft Update Catalog. You can view the updates for each component at the Description…

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Building Quality at Scale with Brad Anderson

Microsoft products are being developed and delivered in a shorter period of time than ever before.  The business demands that, and you might be wondering just how we are getting this accomplished. Microsoft VP Brad Anderson is going to answer many of these questions and more over the next few weeks.  We’re starting today with…

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Imitation, Flattery and the Real Cloud OS

It has been said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If that is true, then we are certainly feeling flattered, but that feeling is vying neck and neck with a feeling of confusion. Earlier today, HP announced their foray into the “CloudOS” space with an OpenStack-based offer that purports to be a…

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Know vSpeak? Learn to be Bilingual

Gordie Howe once famously said, “All hockey players are bilingual.  They know English and profanity.”  No doubt, there are times when most IT Pros feel similarly gifted (like when a production server goes down as you’re about to head home for dinner). That said, there is real (and growing) value to be found in becoming…

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