Archive for March, 2009

Unify your Async Comms with Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging

March 26, 2009 Comments off
The communications world is split in two — between the things you do on the telephone and the things you do on the computer.
The split occurs as Communications are either Synchronous – Voice Conversations, Video Conferencing and may also referred to as RTC Real Time Communication, or Asynchronous – email, faxes, voicemail.
It seems that we are turning Phones into Computers and Computers into Phones… using software to Voice Enable computers and devices make sense.
Microsoft Office Communications Server  2007 OCS is Microsoft’s RTC suite, Exchange Server 2007 ‘Unified Messaging’ is all about bringing (or unifying) all the Async into one place – email, voice and fax into the inbox.
This post will be all about Exchange UM, I will start another topic in the coming weeks regarding OCS and Microsofts broader Unfied Communications UC strategy (Integrating of OCS + UM to provide unified Sync & Async).
 (Below Source: Microsoft Exchange Server Unleashed)
What is Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging (UM)? 
Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging (UM) delivers messaging, fax and email into a unified inbox. These messages can be accessed from a telephone or a computer. UM integrates with the telephony systems, fundamentally operating as a voice mail  server using the Exchange Information Store as a repository for the messages.
Telephony Integration
With Unified Messaging, Exchange is now integrated into the telephony world. This integration takes place between the Exchange Unified Messaging server and gateways or Private Branch Exchanges (PBXs).
In a classic setup of telephony and email systems, there are two seperate networks that deliver voice messages and email messages. In the telephony system, there are seperate components for the PBX, voice mail, external lines and phones. Calls from the PSTN network come into a PBX device. Typically an incomong call is routed by the PBX to the telephone, if the phone does not answer or is busy, the call will be routed to the voice mail system. Similarily, email from the internet arrives at the exchange messaging server. In this classic system, there is no integration or connectivity between the telephony and email systems.
With the introduction of Exchange Server 2007 and Unified Messaging, these two disparate systems are integrated. Although the UM server does not connect directly with a traditional PBX, it does integrate with PBXs via gateways. The combination of the PBX and the IP gateway can also be replaced by an IP-PBX, which provides both sets of functionality.
In effect, the UM server has replaced the voice mail server in the classic system. This new Exchange Server Unified Messaging Server is a voice mail server.
In summary, the Unified Messaging Architecture with its messaging features and telephony integration bring a whole new set of concepts, terminology, and architetcural elements to the Exchange Platform.

In Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, the Unified Messaging server role is one of several server roles that you can install and then configure on a computer that is running Exchange 2007. Unified Messaging (UM) is new to the Exchange product line, and its introduction brings new concepts that may not be familiar to an Exchange administrator.

Unified Messaging combines voice messaging, fax, and e-mail messaging into one store, accessible from a telephone and a computer. Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging integrates Exchange Server with telephony networks and brings the Unified Messaging features to the core of Exchange Server. The following figure illustrates the relationship between an organization’s telephony network components and the Exchange 2007 Unified Messaging system.

The relationship between telephony components and Exchange Server 2007 Unified Messaging

Overview of Exchange Unified Messaging Topology
The features and components of Unified Messaging rely on the functionality of two Exchange 2007 services: the Microsoft Exchange Unified Messaging service (UMservice.exe) and the Microsoft Exchange Speech Engine service (SpeechService.exe).

The following figure illustrates the relationships between Unified Messaging components.

Unified Messaging architecture
Unified Messaging Architecture

David Chappell on Azure Cloud Platform

March 25, 2009 Comments off
"Cloud computing is here….Windows Azure applications run in Microsoft data centers and are accessed via the Internet"

David Chappell is back with another whitepaper on the Windows Azure Cloud Platform.
It is entitled ‘Introducing Windows Azure’ Download it here 

"Running applications on machines in an Internet-accessible data center can bring plenty of advantages. Yet wherever they run, applications are built on some kind of platform. For on-premises applications, this platform usually includes an operating system, some way to store data, and perhaps more. Applications running in the cloud need a similar foundation.

The goal of Microsoft’s Windows Azure is to provide this. Part of the larger Azure Services Platform, Windows Azure is a platform for running Windows applications and storing data in the cloud.
As the figure shows, Windows Azure runs on machines in Microsoft data centers. Rather than providing software that Microsoft customers can install and run themselves on their own computers, Windows Azure is a service: Customers use it to run applications and store data on Internet-accessible machines owned by Microsoft. Those applications might provide services to businesses, to consumers, or both.

Categories: Cloud Services - PaaS

Cloud Computing..Microsoft Hosting Summit Blog posts

March 25, 2009 Comments off

First its probably good to clear up what Cloud Computing’ actually is… not that anybody can actually agree on a definition.

From the Tier 1 Research Blog post on Microsoft Hosting Summit 2009

Q: What is Cloud Computing and why is it important for Hosting Providers?

A: Cloud computing is the “new” name for on-demand, fast provisioned hosted services. Its “new” because to most people, the idea of putting computing and storage resources in the cloud is rather novel even though most hosting providers have been involved in these sorts of activities for some time. The biggest changes for hosting providers getting on the cloud bandwagon will be “on-demand” and “fast provisioned”.

Q: What are SMBs and Enterprises asking for?

A: SMBs need their servers to go away and be replaced by services – SaaS, cloud storage, and others. In most cases, they don’t know that yet.
Enterprises need to move from a CapEx to an OpEx based IT organization – they are much more interested in cloud computing.

Taken from….

Microsoft Hosting Partner news

March 19, 2009 Comments off
Below taken from the latest Microsoft Hosting Partner Community Newsletter, I will be adding some of the Resoures available from Microsoft Hosting Summit 2009 Shortly.
"With the Microsoft Global Hosting Summit, Microsoft Hosting Days in the US, and Webhosting Day in Germany, March is the month for hosting conferences. This has been a good season for sharing information and ideas, and working together to create opportunities for everyone in the hosting industry. We were pleased to meet with over 330 Microsoft Hosting Partners here in Redmond at the Hosting Summit.  Check out a few blogs with postings from the event…"

Microsoft Technologies Updates

March 19, 2009 Comments off
Categories: Uncategorized

Resources VMWorld Europe Update Event

March 19, 2009 Comments off
Resources from yesterdays event attended. Biggest topic was around the new ‘VSphere’ which will be the next release to replace VI3 Virtual Infrastructure 3|_Other/VMWorld|_Update|_ANS.pdf

Categories: Virtualisation

Architectural Principles for Software + Services

March 18, 2009 Comments off
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