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Windows Azure Pack, Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager and Azure Backup

Windows Azure Pack (formerly known as Windows Azure Services for Windows Server), Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager and Windows Azure Backup announced at the 2013 TechEd.

“Windows Azure Services for Windows Server” technology, which Microsoft announced back in July 2012, and which it made generally available in January 2013-“is a set of select features that originally debuted as part of Windows Azure which Microsoft made available to its service providers. The core set of technologies in this were hosted on Linux and Windows Server virtual machines; support for high-density Web sites (the complement of Windows Azure Web Sites, codenamed “Antares”); Service Management Portal; and a Service Management application programming interface (codenamed Katal).”

“”Windows Azure Pack” delivers Windows Azure technologies for you to run inside your datacenter, enabling you to offer rich, self-service, multi-tenant services that are consistent with Windows Azure,” Microsoft notes in the introduction.

It include following components: “

  • a management portal;
  • service management programming interface;
  • a Web sites service;
  • a virtual machines service;
  • and service bus support.”

Also, a refresh of key private and hybrid cloud solutions with Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, were announced yesterday.

Microsoft stated, that with “Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 we are delivering an end-to-end cloud infrastructure and management solution for self-service delivery of multi-tenant cloud services that is enterprise-class in every aspect, simple and cost-effective to deploy and focused on applications – your applications, delivered on your terms from your corporate datacenter, from the cloud or in a hybrid cloud model.”

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 deliver a hybird cloud and datacenter infrastructure that allows you to “virtualize even the largest workloads, provides easy capacity expansion on industry-standard hardware at a fraction of the cost of other solutions.”
  • Server and System Center 2012 R2 offers a complete software-defined networking solution out-of-the-box to seamlessly bridge physical and virtual datacenters.
  • Both, deliver hybrid cloud business continuity solutions spanning on-premises and the cloud, which enable robust and affordable, at-scale recovery options to better protect against service outages.
  • And, also offer faster time to value by simplifying the provisioning, delivery and operations of multi-tenant IT services, and let you benefit from consistent management experiences and services across hybrid clouds.
  • While System Center 2012 R2 offers deep application and transaction monitoring insight for .NET and Java applications to maximize their availability and performance, combined with the ability to identify remediation measures when needed.

    With System Center 2012 R2, you can:

    • Deploy and manage Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
    • Provision certificates, Wi-Fi and VPN profiles
    • Deploy links to web applications
    • Provide role-based access to reports

    And, when it’s used in conjunction with the next release of Windows Intune, “organizations can benefit from greater depth in device management in several areas,” including:

    • “Giving people a consistent experience in discovering and installing corporate applications that IT has made available to them, across all of their managed devices
    • Publishing corporate apps and services across device types, regardless of whether they’re corporate-connected or cloud-based
    • Granting more granular control over device settings available to configure Windows, Windows RT, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android devices to make them compliant with corporate policies
    • Wiping corporate applications, data, and policies from devices selectively when they are no longer managed by the organization,” explains Microsoft.

For more information, visit the new website of Windows Server 2012 R2 here, and System Center 2012 R2 here.

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) will be held on July 7-11 in Houston.

The WPC 2013 team just updated its list of the sessions in the U.S. Subsidiary track. Today’s listing provides 30 sessions to choose from and to add to your itinerary.

Update 06/08: A new Microsoft tutorial will help you learn how to deploy: SharePoint on Windows Azure Virtual Machines as well as:

  • “Configure, and deploy a SharePoint farm on a set of Virtual Machines in this tutorial.
  • Create a set of Virtual Machines using images from the gallery including Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, and SharePoint Server 2013.
  • Create a domain, join machines to the domain, and run the SharePoint configuration wizard.
  • How to enable the SQL Server AlwaysOn feature for high availability.”

You can find the tutorial here, and for additional guidance, visit this SharePoint 2013 on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.

A new Microsoft study commissioned of companies with 499 PCs or less in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the U.S. examined “the security, reliability and privacy perceptions and realities of cloud services.”

“We spoke to equal numbers of companies that both use the cloud and do not use the cloud. There was no mention of Microsoft being behind the research and no company, product or service names were discussed,” Adrienne Hall, general manager of Trustworthy Computing, writes over on the Trustworthy Computing Blog.

The study’s results were interesting to say the least, Adrienne Hall, notes.

“Companies that do not use the cloud have some serious concerns when it comes to security, privacy and reliability. In itself that’s perhaps not too surprising – plenty has been written about these ‘barriers’ to adoption. What’s surprising is that the perceptions holding back companies from the cloud are in stark contrast to the realities (and benefits) experienced by similar companies that use cloud services,” she writes.

The full research will be released next week. Meantime, you can watch the video below to get a short preview about what the study:

Also, during a interview, Bill Hilf, the former GM for Azure Product Management, at TechEd in New Orleans, revealing about Azure’s growth trajectory said “Microsoft is adding about 1,000 new Azure customers a day i.e. 700 users per week to IaaS services.”

Since April 2013, when Microsoft added a infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) components to Azure, the company has added a total of 30,000 Azure IaaS users, officials said adding, “Microsoft plans to add 25 new datacenters in calendar year 2013. Some of these will be additional datacenters in existing locations; others will be brand-new locations, Martin said. Micro,” Martin said.

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