TechNet Flash Special Edition: Planning for the Jump into the Cloud

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Volume 13, Issue 18 | August 17, 2011


 Top Stories 


An Architect’s Perspective on Planning and Staffing for Private Cloud Operations

To understand the planning and staffing requirements for private cloud, it’s important to understand how it differs from server virtualization, server consolidation, dynamic virtual data centers, or web services hosted in on-premises data centers.

Which Cloud Architecture Is Right for You?

Cloud computing is deployed and offered as a spectrum of services. The new feature package on TechNet’s cloud site offers the following articles to help guide the decision about which service fits best for your entire organization or a particular application:

Key Cloud Migration Decisions
Profiling the Public Cloud Buyer

Achieving Control in the Hybrid Cloud

Learn how to control applications and services dynamically deployed from a variety of cloud environments into devices like user desktops, Microsoft Terminal Services, and a range of mobile devices.

Your Featured Content

TechNet Magazine: Taking Systems Management to the Cloud
The System Center 2012 suite will take a comprehensive, integrated approach to infrastructure management, monitoring, and optimization.

Bytes by TechNet: Future of Cloud Operations for Online Business
In this video, Chris Henley and Andy Lapin of Kelley Blue Book talk about Windows Azure’s benefits for growing businesses.

Private Cloud, Public Cloud, and Hybrid Deployment
This post sets the stage for Yung Chou’s upcoming blog series, Emerging Enterprise IT Computing Model.

Microsoft Virtual Academy: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – The Platform
Learn about Microsoft’s virtualization offerings and strategy, datacenter planning, Hyper-V architecture, VM management, virtualized networking and storage, and numerous other Hyper-V features, as well as advanced management with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

Microsoft Cloud Case Studies at a Glance
We have a great collection of Microsoft cloud computing case studies. In his blog post, J.D. Meier provides a summary and links to some the notable studies.

SCVMM 2012: Key Tool for Your Infrastructure and Clouds
You are not only able to manage your Hyper-V cluster with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012, but you can also create Hyper-V clusters. A Hyper-V cluster is a major part of the private cloud.

Webcast: Redeploying an Application to Windows Azure
September 27, 2011, 9:30 A.M. Pacific Time
Learn how the Microsoft IT Volume Licensing team reviewed and implemented key support and monitoring requirements for a business-critical application migrated to Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure.

Review of Cloud Identity Summit
Sean Duby, Technical Director at Widows IT Pro Magazine, recaps his experience at the Cloud Identity Summit.


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Mitch IrsfeldEditor’s Note

TechNet Flash Editor
Mitch Irsfeld

It’s Time to Narrow Your Cloud Focus

I recently received some reader feedback that we have a one-track mind at Microsoft these days. It seems that our focus on the cloud is striking some of you as overkill. One particular reader’s concern was that we’re not paying enough attention to the current IT computing model.

Recalling how often I’d heard the complaint over the last 27 years that “vendors only talk about what’s new and what’s coming, but we work in the real world,” I could understand his perspective. But I truly think that it’s hard to overstate the sweeping change that is starting to occur; so much so that I’d ask, what is the current computing model? Is there any enterprise computing environment that isn’t in transition? I think it’s in our IT customers’ best interest to understand how best to harness the cloud and begin to reap its benefits….

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A Three-Step Plan for Migrating to Microsoft Exchange 2010
Mimecast can help you move from your existing email platform to this new version while mitigating the risks and costs.
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Training and Books

Microsoft Virtual Academy – Enhancing Your Business and Career with the Private Cloud
In this track, you will learn about cloud business drivers and business processes. You will be exposed to cloud computing at the business level and learn how to extend that knowledge to the technical level.

Cloud Services: Training and Certification
We recommend that you start by building skills that apply to both on-premises computing and cloud computing. If you already have on-premises skills, you can enhance your skill set to include cloud computing.


Windows Internals and Advanced Troubleshooting Classes
Windows OS internals with Sysinternals and advanced troubleshooting training. London September 12, San Francisco November 7. Twenty percent discount for TechNet Flash subscribers.

Trials and Downloads

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta
System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2
Office 365 Trial
Windows Intune
Managing Windows Azure Applications Evaluation
SQL Server Code Name “Denali” CTP3
Free Windows Azure Platform Trial


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