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October 2012

Can Microsoft map the future of IT?

Microsoft is in an unusually busy period, releasing new versions of 12 of its products, with an eye toward better integration of systems and applications to brace environments for the cloud era. With coverage of Office 365 to Windows Desktop and Server to Office 15 and Exchange, this e-book looks at the feature updates that could make a difference in how you operate your day-to-day IT environment all the way from the data center to mobile devices.


  • Can Microsoft carry its stack to the cloud?

    Cloud computing has forced organizations to rethink their approach to IT, none more so than industry giant Microsoft. But how exactly is the tech titan reacting to this radical shift in IT, and what does it mean for you? This e-book discusses Microsoft’s “Better Together” strategy for staying on top of the industry in the cloud era. Access this resource now to learn how this strategy will affect Microsoft’s services and business practices, as well as how it will impact you.

  • Windows Server 2012 boosts IT capabilities

    With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft is packing an unprecedented breadth of tools into its core enterprise platform – much more, in fact, than it has in in any previous version.

    The latest edition serves up new PowerShell features, much improved capabilities to manage both virtual and physical storage and networking, deduplication tools, Server Task Manager capabilities and host-based Hyper-V replication. Also getting attention is the inclusion of Azure’s cloud-development tools, which is seen as a clear signal of Microsoft’s intention to shift away from traditional and costly server platforms and toward cloud computing. In fact, the company has taken to calling Windows Server 2012 its “Cloud OS.”

    Beyond the new Windows Server, the company has rolled out System Center 2012 (presenting it as a management platform for the cloud as well as for hypervisors, the data center, automation and applications) and Visual Studio 2012 (aimed at developers creating custom software to be used across multiple platforms).

  • Microsoft's evolving app strategy

    Microsoft’s support for desktop and mobile applications is evolving to better align through a new interface and improved cloud connectivity. The signs indicate that the industry giant is moving in a direction that allows business users to productively use key Microsoft applications on mobile devices, but will it work? This expert resource discusses Mircosoft’s recent attention to application support, outlining the potential impact it can have on organizations of all sizes.

  • Windows Server 2012 and its hardware requirements

    The expanded capabilities of Windows Server 2012 are proving attractive to enterprise IT decision makers. This ATB guide chapter will provide those decision makers with detailed information about what hardware they’ll need in place to proceed with the upgrade and ensure proper compatibility. Also included will be a discussion of Windows Server 2012’s features and functionality (such as new clustering capabilities and increased virtual machine density). The guide will advise readers on common oversights to avoid and how to employ best practices to make product selection and implementation successful.


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