Microsoft Plays Up Public, Private Cloud at TechEd 2011
At its TechEd 2011 conference in Atlanta, Microsoft highlighted how customers and partners can take advantage of Microsoft's public and private cloud solutions.Atlanta-At the Microsoft TechEd North America 2011 conference here, Microsoft officials spoke on how to build, deploy, manage and scale applications for the cloud and for devices. In a keynote, Robert Wahbe, corporate vice president of the Server and Tools Marketing Group at Microsoft, said as the trend toward virtualization increases, the move to the cloud will be easier.
After citing figures on the increased use of virtualization in data centers, Wahbe said, "This move to virtualization is setting us all for a much bigger inflection point, and that is the cloud-the public cloud and the private cloud."
"I talked about three benefits of cloud computing: agility, focus, and economics. You benefit from agility when you become free to more quickly deploy an application or respond to changing conditions without having to worry about hardware. (See how T-Mobile took advantage of cloud services to speed time to market for a social networking solution.) You benefit from focus when you are freed to worry less about the infrastructure and more about your critical business problems. (See how the Tribune used the cloud to easily provide consumers with targeted content through online, mobile, and traditional distribution methods.) How you benefit from the economics of cloud computing is worth exploring in some detail. In a whitepaper Microsoft published last fall, 'The Economics of the Cloud,' the authors argue that the best way to develop a vision for where cloud computing is taking the industry is by analyzing the economics driving the trend."Moreover, as businesses look to further enable IT efficiency through the deployment of virtualization and cloud solutions, Microsoft also announced the following:
- There are now additional supported hypervisor scenarios for virtualized Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, including Unified Messaging. This combines Exchange's high-availability solutions, Database Availability Groups, with hypervisor-based clustering and failover solutions. Organizations planning to virtualize their Exchange 2010 deployments can get details from The Exchange Team Blog.
- New license mobility options will become available July 1, 2011, through Microsoft Volume Licensing agreements with an active Software Assurance benefit. The new options will provide customers with the flexibility to deploy application services on-premises or through hosted service providers in the cloud. More information is available on the Microsoft Partner Network Volume Licensing Website.