16,000 Microsoft Partners are attending our annual Worldwide Partner
Conference (WPC) this week in Toronto, and the atmosphere is
absolutely buzzing with positive energy and excitement around many of the
announcements this week!
If you missed WPC this year, below is a recap of this week's significant
announcements at WPC:
Windows 8 will be released to manufacturing (RTM) the first week of August
and reach general availability (GA) by the end of October. Click here for
more details Several really cool Windows 8 devices were demonstrated to
partners this week with jaw-dropping responses! Some of the devices I was
most impressed with include: Acer Aspire S7 - 13” and 11” Ultrabooks
.... AMAZINGLY thin! ASUS convertible - a tablet that plugs into a keyboard,
and impressed me the most Fujitsu Stylistic Q702 – a business-ready
Ultrabook HP Spectre XT Pro – full-featur... (more)
In today's TechNet Radio show, I'm back again for another episode in our
System Center 2012 ConfigMgr SP1 series with Wally Mead, Senior Program
Manager from the System Center Client Management team and all-around
ConfigMgr Guru. Tune in as we discuss new support for App-V 5 virtual
applications and virtual environments.
In this episode, we'll be covering ...
New Support for App-V 5 virtual applications App-V 5 Connection Groups
Deploying App-V 5 virtual applications Converting App-V 4.6 applications
packages to App-V 5
Managing App-V 5 Virtual Applications with System Center 20... (more)
Are you virtualizing your servers? Yes, of course!
Are you spending less time managing your servers as a result? Hmm … No!
Server Virtualization is Great, But …
Server virtualization has been a great set of technologies to reduce our
capital expenses and some operating expenses by consolidating a larger number
of virtualized server workloads in a smaller footprint of physical rack
space. As a result, we’ve been able to purchase less data center hardware
and likely have lower power and cooling costs in running our data center.
However, most IT Pros are not seeing a reduction in the... (more)
With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduces a collection of new features
to address the evolving business and technical needs of modern IT
infrastructures. Core to this experience is the need to scale out,
virtualize, and move workloads, applications, and services to cloud
architectures. These cloud architectures, in turn, must offer new levels of
agility, efficiency and availability to provide an appreciable ROI back to
the business organization. Windows Server 2012 incorporates Microsoft's
experience with designing, managing and operating public clouds, all based on
On June 7th, Microsoft announced several new infrastructure-as-a-service
offerings within the Windows Azure cloud that are now available as a
customer preview: Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites
and Media Services. A full release of these features is anticipated later
this calendar year.
In particular, the new Windows Azure Virtual Machine and Virtual Network
capabilities offer increased flexibility in planning private cloud
deployments through the introduction of "hybrid" scenarios that leverage both
private and public cloud resources. Private Clouds, t... (more)