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This article is part 10 in our continuing blog series on Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud being published by the US IT Pro team at Microsoft.  In this article, we’ll discuss enabling “cross-premises data mobility” within a Hybrid Cloud by leveraging a new cloud-enabled storage solution: Microsoft StorSimple 8000. Microsoft StorSimple 8000 Hybrid Cloud Storage Solution When migrating application workloads to a cloud platform, such as Microsoft Azure, moving the OS and application bits to the cloud is usually pretty manageable.  The virtual disks for VM’s containing OS and application binaries are usually somewhat small in size and can be moved rather quickly over common business-grade Internet connections.  Moving application data, however, can be a different story – some applications have vast amounts of data, hundreds ... (more)

Best of Build 2014: What’s New in Microsoft Azure

WOW! This past week at our Build 2014 conference, the Azure team announced over 40+ updates to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, including significant enhancements to Virtual Machines, Storage, Web Sites, Mobile Services and Azure SQL Database.  In addition, a new Azure Preview Portal was released that provides a customizable end-to-end DevOps experience along with Azure Resource Manager, a new framework for composing and managing cloud applications. The NEW Azure Preview Portal In this article, I’ll provide a recap of the announcements made during Scott Guthrie’s... (more)

Scripts-to-Tools: Auto-provisioning Azure Virtual Networks with PowerShell and XML

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Auto-Provisioning a New Active Directory Domain Controller in the Azure Cloud using the new VM Agent custom script extension via the Azure Management Portal.  Since then, several people in the community have asked about also automating the steps for provisioning Virtual Networks on Azure. In this article, we’ll walk through an approach for auto-provisioning Azure VNets using PowerShell, and along the way, you’ll also pick up some useful tips to expand your PowerShell skills from simple scripting to creating reusable tools. ...(read mo... (more)

TechNet Radio: (Part 1) Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud - Why NOW is a good time to plan for Modernizing Your Infrastructure

Matt Hester and Keith Mayer kick off a special 6 part series on “ Modernizing Your Infrastructure with Hybrid Cloud.” Tune in for Part 1 where they discuss the importance of planning for your organization’s move to Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. [ 1:18 ] Why should I start planning now? [ 2:41 ] Why Migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2? [ 5:45 ] Why consider Azure as part of your migration strategy? [ 12:38 ] What tools are available to help in the migration process? [ 17:40 ] DEMO MAP...(read more ) ... (more)

TechNet Radio: (Part 4) Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud - Source Control in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure & Visual Studio Online

In Part 4 of our “ Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud ” series on TechNet Radio, Keith Mayer welcomes Developer Technology Solutions Specialist Jeff Fattic to the show as they discuss source control in the cloud with the help of Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online. [ 1:48 ] What is Visual Studio Online? [ 2:32 ] Is Visual Studio Online only for Developers, or does it provide value to IT Pros as well? [ 3:08 ] What's the difference between Visual Studio Online and TFS? [ 4:28 ] How can Visual...(read more ) ... (more)