Monthly Archive: April 2012

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New Microsoft External Web Site Highlights Best Practices for Cloud Infrastructures (Data Centers)

Customers and partners alike often ask the question, “How does Microsoft manage its vast network of data centers worldwide that power our 200+ cloud services such as  Office 365, Windows Live and Xbox Live, and our cloud platform Windows Azure?” Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the team that builds, manages, and secures Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and today we are launching our new external web site on the Windows Azure platform to address these questions...

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Windows Azure Media Services

Microsoft has just launched a new service offering as part of Windows Azure called Windows Azure Media Services.  Windows Azure Media Services is a cloud-based PaaS  solution that enables you to efficiently build and deliver media solutions.  It provides a bunch of ready-to-use services that enable the ingestion, encoding, format-conversion, storage, content protection, and streaming of video. If you’re looking to integrate rich media capabilities into your cloud-based solution architectures, I highly recommend you take a look at...

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Windows Azure Learning Path

Microsoft has recently published an aggregated set of resources for structured learning of cloud computing.  These resources are in the form of a set of courses designed to refine your skills on delivering cloud-based solutions on Windows Azure.  Each course has a set of hands-on labs and videos that focus on Windows Azure.  Just head over to http://walearningpath.cloudapp.net and take advantage of these great resources.

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Windows Azure and Office 365 Trust Centers Recently Launched

Customers of Office 365 and Windows Azure have entrusted Microsoft to protect their key data and intellectual property.  Microsoft regards security, privacy, and compliance as a top priority.  To further support this claim, Microsoft has launched two trust centers for both Windows Azure and Office 365 to provide up-to-date information around security, privacy, and compliance of these cloud services.  Head over to the trust centers to get the latest information on Windows Azure and Office...

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Microsoft Private Cloud Resources

A big “THANK YOU” to those who attended my panel discussion around cloud migration and datacenter consolidation at this year’s FOSE conference.  Hopefully, everyone who attended gleaned some value from the exchange around how to approach the process of consolidating datacenters and making the transition to cloud computing.  After the talk, I was approached by one of the attendees interested in learning more about Microsoft’s Private Cloud strategy and offerings.  We had a very engaging discussion and...

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