Are you Down with the Cloud?

In a previous post I discussed how an excellent IT enterprise is available 99.999% of the time – also called “5 nines.” In that piece I wrote about how an organization can incorporate cloud technologies while trying to achieve this ideal level of service. While this is certainly an admirable goal, I would be misleading you if I was implying that the cloud is the absolute most...

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Striving for Cloud Nines

The mark of IT excellence for an enterprise has historically been the delivery of services at a “five-nine” level of availability, or 99.999%. At a high level, this equates to delivering services with only 5 minutes of downtime in a given year. Those who do not operate their IT services at five-nine availability are typically aspiring toward that level of service.…

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Driving Value to the Business with the Cloud

The cloud. I’m going to be up front with you: I have a fairly strong dislike for the term. Everywhere you go its seems “To the cloud!” is shouted at you.  From television to airport billboards, advertisements are strategically placed to pique your interest on what the private cloud can do for you.…

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MVP Summit 2013

This week was Microsoft’s annual MVP Summit Bellevue and Redmond. It is a large gathering of Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals from around the world. This year turnout was between 1500-1700 MVPs across every technology Microsoft produces. These are some of the best and brightest people working on the Microsoft platform. The four days of the Summit are completely under NDA and the...

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Change is All Around

A few of us had the privilege of attending Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) in Toronto last month.  Themes of the conference? Cloud, Windows 8, and a full refresh of every product line within one 12-month period.  It’s quite a huge undertaking, and with the correct execution, it will be a very exciting year.…

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Lessons Learned From the Cloud, Part Deux

Welcome to the second post in this series on lessons learned from cloud messaging deployments. In the last post, (dated May 29, 2012) we covered four lessons learned: defining requirements before you begin, monitoring the cloud service, cloud vendor support, and having servers on-premise even though you’ve gone to the cloud.…

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