What is the Largest Single Cost Category in Your IT Hardware Budget?
If you're like most of the enterprise customer organizations that were
surveyed when we were designing Windows Server 2012, your answer is probably
the same as theirs: STORAGE! For the organizations we surveyed, we found that
as much as 60% of their annual hardware budgets were allocated to expensive
hardware SAN solutions due to ever-increasing storage requirements.
Wouldn't it be nice to have some of that budget back for other IT
projects? YES! We agree too ... that's why the server team included "Storage
Spaces" in Windows Server 2012!
Get Ready for "Storage Spaces"!
"Storage Spaces" is a new storage virtualization technology that's included
in Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 to provide SAN-like
storage capabilities and performance using commodity hardware components,
such as ... (more)
If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some
point in time you have most likely witnessed The 3 Immutable Truths of IT
Patch Management. Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable,
manageable datacenter environment. Ignore these truths, and … well …
let’s not even think about those possibilities!
The Three Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management
All software requires patch updates from time-to-time. All hardware requires
firmware updates from time-to-time. If you attempt to dismiss #1 or #2 as
being irrelevant to you, you may soon know well on... (more)
Windows Server 2012 provides a dynamic, highly available and cost-effective
server platform for the modern datacenter and the cloud. Its impact scales
from a few servers all the way to multitenant-aware, multisite environments
in the largest organizations. Windows Server 2012 is one of the most
significant releases of Windows Server to date, and there is a vast number of
new features in this release that will enable you to implement the foundation
for a Private Cloud infrastructure within your own datacenter.
Leveraging the popular “Jump Start” virtual classroom approach, Microsof... (more)
The Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering supports
running Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines in the Cloud. In
this article, I provide step-by-step guidance for running a new Linux virtual
machine in the cloud using our Windows Azure platform.
That’s right, Linux!
Windows Azure runs Linux VMs as a first-class citizen on our cloud platform,
with support in the Preview offering for four common Linux distributions:
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 OpenSUSE 12.1 CentOS 6.3 Ubuntu
12..04.1 and 12.10
The best news is … you can try t... (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