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Enabling Hybrid Cloud Today with Microsoft Technologies whitepaper #CloudOS #sysctr #Azure #Hyperv

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With the ambient credo to “do more with less, with a better agility and time to market”, IT inevitably becomes a service provider for its enterprise and need to run like a business. The undertaking also requires a step further in the way the IT delivers its services to its customers: internal businesses and beyond. IT has indeed to deliver the services in an industrialized way for greater speed and lower cost. This requires increasing their overall core infrastructure operational maturity in two main areas.

The first one aims at improving the management of their own on-premises IT landscape and traditional services by evolving towards a private cloud, i.e. an optimized and more automated way to provision and operate (a catalog of) services for businesses. The second one consists in enhancing their service offerings by utilizing off-premises public cloud augmentations (for acceptable cases of use) as (lower-cost) add-ons to existing services in the catalog.

The combination and interaction of these two cloud paradigms results in the emergence of the hybrid cloud which meets the demands and the expectations of the business. Hybrid cloud spans the two above implementations. A service request can be instantiated in either implementation, or moved from one to another, or can horizontally grow between the two implementations (cloud bursting for instance).

This paper discusses how Microsoft can help your organization achieve a successful hybrid cloud strategy and present the enabling technologies from on-premises, cross-premises, and off-premises implementation of (parts of) the services. Several typical patterns and common scenarios are illustrated throughout this paper.

You can download this Microsoft Enabling Hybrid Cloud whitepaper here

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Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Developer Training Kit available #SQL #SQL2014 #DEV


The purpose of this training kit is to help DBAs and Developers become familiar with some of the new and improved features and functionality in SQL Server 2014. This training kit is a great resource for developers, trainers, consultants and evangelists who need to understand the new features and key improvements introduced in SQL Server 2014 from a developer perspective. It contains a rich set of presentations and demos that are perfect for self-paced learning or for conducting your own training event. The easiest way to get started with the training kit is to download it, install it, and browse the kit for the content that you are most interested in. Many of the presentations and demos in the training kit reference a video that you can watch to familiarize yourself with the content. When you are ready for some hands-on experience, try working through one of the demos. Microsoft SQL Server 2014 builds on the mission-critical capabilities delivered in SQL Server 2012 by providing breakthrough performance, availability, and manageability for mission-critical applications. SQL Server 2014 delivers new capabilities built into the core database for OLTP and data warehousing, which complement our existing OLTP, data warehousing, and BI capabilities for the most comprehensive database solution in the market.

You can download the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Developer Training kit here

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UPDATED : Microsoft Azure Site Recovery deployment guides #Azure #Hyperv #SCVMM #HybridCloud

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Deploy Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Manager to replicate and failover virtual machines on Hyper-V host servers that are located in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) clouds. You can set up replication and failover from one on-premises VMM server to another, or from an on-premises VMM server to Microsoft Azure. To perform the replication that the service orchestrates, VMM uses Hyper-V Replica, a replication mechanism that is built into Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012.

Here you find all the information you need for Microsoft Azure Site Recovery :

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Free Whitepaper #Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Technical Overview #Winserv #Hyperv #CloudOS

Windows Server 2012 R2 Overview


In this paper, Microsoft has looked at a significant number of the new capabilities that are available within Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, across 5 key investment areas:
Scalability, Performance & Density – We’ve shown how, with Hyper-V customers can run the biggest, most powerful virtual machines, to handle the demands of their biggest workloads. We saw that as hardware scale grows, customers wishing to take advantage of the largest physical systems to drive the highest levels of density, and reduce overall costs, can do so successfully with Hyper-V. In addition, we looked at a number of the points of integration between Hyper-V and hardware, driving the highest levels of performance for enterprise applications.
Security & Multitenancy – We looked not only at the different capabilities such as BitLocker, which enables a level of physical security for the virtualized hosts, but also some of the in-box, granular networking security capabilities now built into the Hyper-V Extensible Switch, which enables customers to securely and easily isolate and control access to their key workloads inside the virtualized environment.
Flexible Infrastructure – We discussed how, in a modern datacenter, customers are looking to be agile, in order to respond to changing business demands quickly, and efficiently, and how through the new innovation in Live Migration, Hyper-V provides this in the box. Being able to move workloads flexibly around the infrastructure is of incredible importance, and in addition, customers want to be able to choose where best to deploy their workloads based on the needs of that workload specifically, and to do that, Network Virtualization plays a significant part. Also, for customers with heterogeneous infrastructures, with a mixture of both Linux and Windows-based workloads, Hyper-V provides the ideal platform through the continued engineering and development to improve Linux performance on Hyper-V.
High Availability & Resiliency – As customers’ confidence in virtualization grows, and they virtualize their more mission-critical workloads, the importance of keeping those workloads continuously available grows significantly. With Windows Server 2012 R2, having capabilities built into the platform that not only help keep those workloads highly available, but also, in the event of a disaster, quick to restore in another geographical location, is of immense importance when choosing a platform for today’s modern datacenter. We discussed specific improvements at both the fabric and the workload level that help to ensure that customers can keep their most mission critical applications and data as continuously available as possible.
Virtualization Innovation – Finally, we discussed some of the key features that take Hyper-V beyond just virtualization. Features such as the Automatic VM Activation – a fantastic addition for Service Providers and disconnected environments where VM activation has been a challenge in days gone by. In addition, Generation 2 VMs herald a new direction for Hyper-V VMs, exposing new capabilities, for both performance, flexibility and security, now through to the virtual machines themselves.
Across each of these 5 key areas, there have been a number of improvements. Building on the innovative, solid platform of Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 provides customers with an enterprise-class virtualization platform, with the key features that enterprises are looking for to virtualize their mission-critical applications and workloads, but at a fraction of the cost of competing technologies.”

Here you can download this awesome Whitepaper of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 server virtualization Technical Overview

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Learn More about #CloudOS with Microsoft Virtual Academy for Free #sysctr #Azure #Winserv

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Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses, in 11 different languages. Our mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. MVA is free of charge, and the entire service is hosted on Microsoft Azure. Become an MVA member so that you can earn points for your learning, achieve different levels of badges and status relative to others in your country or around the world, and get certificates when you complete an entire course. Your personal dashboard helps you track your progress against your personal learning plans. MVA learning opportunities combine on-demand courses and live events:

•On-demand courses help you learn at your own pace, and when the time is right for your busy schedule.
•MVA’s exciting live events include Jump Start training and MVA Live Q&A where you can interact with experts, and a worldwide audience of learners from around the world. Our instructors and subject matter experts will answer the questions you pose in real time chat sessions so that you can apply what you learn right away.

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For Microsoft CloudOS you can follow these great Courses on Microsoft Virtual Academy site :

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