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Join the UK Technical Launch at Wembley Stadium

August 27, 2009 Comments off
"… Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 are designed to help you be a leader in the new efficiency. That’s why we hope you’ll sign up for the UK’s live launch event to experience live demos and hear Microsoft’s technology specialists demonstrate how these products can work for you. This is the best chance to learn and network with 1,000 of your peers and explore the new efficiency…."

When is a cloud not a cloud…

August 26, 2009 Comments off
…When its On-Premises?
 
‘Private cloud’ = just another buzzword for on-premise datacenter? "…in a nutshell, server + virtualization technology + integrated security/management/billing  = private cloud"
 
Microsoft to flesh out further its private cloud strategy  "…Microsoft officials previously have said that they won’t allow customers to run the Microsoft Azure cloud operating system on customers’ on-premise servers, but that they will make available to users many of the advances in Windows Server, System Center, Hyper-V and other Microsoft technologies so users can create their own “private clouds.”
 
Microsoft To Enable Private Clouds With Windows Server, System Center "…Private clouds will take a flexible, scalable, automated approach to data center management, drawing computing power from pools of resources, rather than discrete servers….Microsoft  plans to build features into future versions of Windows Server, as well as a new System Center product, that will help companies deploy and manage private clouds, Microsoft Server and tools division president Bob Muglia said in an interview…"
 

Microsoft’s “official” description of the distinction between private and public clouds…..

The private cloud: “By employing techniques like virtualization, automated management, and utility-billing models, IT managers can evolve the internal datacenter into a ‘private cloud’ that offers many of the performance, scalability, and cost-saving benefits associated with public clouds. Microsoft provides the foundation for private clouds with infrastructure solutions to match a range of customer sizes, needs and geographies.

The public cloud: “Cloud computing is expanding the traditional web-hosting model to a point where enterprises are able to off-load commodity applications to third-party service providers (hosters) and, in the near future, the Microsoft Azure Services Platform. Using Microsoft infrastructure software and Web-based applications, the public cloud allows companies to move applications between private and public clouds.”

Best Practices for Migrating to Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite

August 26, 2009 Comments off
"…Hosted e-mail and collaboration portals, such as Microsoft’s Business Productivity Online Suite, can help your company reduce costs, decrease vulnerability to outside attack and increase efficiency. With hosted services your business no longer pays for data center space, hardware and software upgrades or manpower to keep it all running…."
 
 

More than you needed to know about WSS 3.0 in HMC

August 20, 2009 Comments off
 ….Those who know the history of HMC, will probably remember that it has a humble beginning, it started with Hosted Exchange as the core. Eventually, as some of the other products become more matured and calls for more communication and collaboration tools, it evolves into HMC where it allows service providers to offer more than just Hosted Exchange but also allow them to complete their offerings with Windows SharePoint Services Hosting, Hosted Office Communication Server and etc.

 

The word ‘Hosted’ or ‘Hosting’ somehow seems to mean ‘complicated’ to many people and HMC to a lot of people is like a black box. The fact is, there is really nothing difficult about it. It sounded difficult because not many has experience in configuring a product to cater for hosting or multi-tenant environment.

 

Here, I intend to highlight a couple of areas on a very high-level to clarify how and what HMC 4.5 has introduced to allow multi-tenancy for Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0.

 

What is multi-tenancy and what does it mean to WSS?

 

From Wikipedia, "Multitenancy refers to a principle in software architecture where a single instance of the software runs on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendor’s servers, serving multiple client organizations (tenants)."

 

In the context of WSS, it means a single instance of WSS infrastructure will be able to cater for multiple companies, organizations or tenants. The question here is, "How can host multiple companies in the same infrastructure and at the same time ensuring that they are completed isolated?"

 

From a very high level, here is what HMC intends to achieve,

 

·         Site Isolation – Each company should only be allowed to see and access their own site. It must able to cater for different domain-named sites, such as http://sharepoint.alpineskihouse.com, http://teamsite.contoso.com instead of everyone having a common site name like http://www.serviceprovider.com/sites/<sitename&gt;

 

·         Site Administration Isolation – Each company should only be allowed to manage their own site

 

·         User Isolation – Each company should only see their own users.

 

With the objectives above, let’s take a closer look.

 

What is HMC doing to WSS for Hosting?

 

At a high level, nothing (Hooray, I can stop writing now!). Unlike with Hosted Exchange where HMC introduces various tweaking to make things work, WSS 3.0 is actually reasonably well designed in this aspect. All the features and functions are readily available in WSS to cater for multi-tenancy. All HMC really need to do is to make the right call to create the SharePoint sites

 

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Microsoft Unveils Windows Azure Platform Business Model

August 16, 2009 Comments off

Microsoft has announced the business and partner model for the company’s Windows Azure platform. The platform includes a cloud services operating system, a Web-based relational database in Microsoft SQL Azure, and connectivity and interoperability with .NET Services. The Windows Azure platform delivers a rich development experience, automated service management and pay-as-you-go pricing — all backed by service-level agreements and support.

Microsoft will offer Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services for purchase through a consumption-based pricing model, allowing partners and customers to pay only for the services that they consume. Microsoft partners also will benefit from special promotional offers and discounts that will help enable partners to bring solutions to market faster.

See http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2009/jul09/07-14WPCAzurePR.mspx.

Windows 7 Showcase presentations & partner info

August 4, 2009 Comments off
Presentations from the Windows 7 Showcase can be found here…
 
 
 
Use Windows 7 internally.
If you’re a Certified or Gold Partner (https://www.microsoft.com/msppdd/Home.aspx) , you’ll receive RTM internal-use licenses for Windows 7. With Windows 7 internal-use licenses, you’ll be able to run your business. Train your staff. Develop and test your new solutions. And demonstrate Windows 7 features to your customers using the Windows Demo Toolkit (https://partner.microsoft.com/40103571).
 
Learn about Windows 7.
Whether you’re in sales and marketing or an IT professional, you’ll be able to use Windows 7 role-based training (https://partner.microsoft.com/40110019) and readiness resources (https://partner.microsoft.com/40091612) to update your Windows 7 skills or acquire new ones.
 
Get the message out to your customers.
Get more value from your sales and marketing efforts with these launch event materials:
• Upgrade the Desktop Campaign (https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40068597)  offers sales resources geared toward small- and midsize business customers.
• Optimized Desktop Campaign (https://partner.microsoft.com/global/40083126) helps you capture the interest of your enterprise customers.
 
 
For additional Windows 7 resources, select your partner type from the list below:
• Windows 7 for System Builders – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103867
• Windows 7 for ISVs – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103819 
• Windows 7 for Services Partners – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103797 
• Windows 7 for Value Added Resellers (VARs) & Solution Providers – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103868 
• Windows 7 for Large Account Resellers (LARs) – https://partner.microsoft.com/40103860
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