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Cloud — Beyond Buzzwords & A Getaway to Mexico*


via Microsoft

Cloud, it’s a term that has become one of those marketing buzz words that gets applied to pretty much everything these days. It’s kind of like what happened with HD (high definition) a couple of years ago, it ended up getting slapped on so many things that it almost lost its meaning.

The difference between what happened to HD and what is happening to Cloud is that while people get the concept at a high level, the details are not as clear. A great example of this is the path from Virtualization to Private Cloud.

To that end, we’ve pulled together the Microsoft Private Cloud story, complete with resources for each step along the way that will help you cement your role as a credible technical expert in your organization. We’ve even added some content to help keep you entertained.

The Microsoft Private Cloudcan help you with some pretty amazing things, like:

  • The ability to discover and fix application problems before they arise
  • Complete scalability, reliability and great performance beyond just virtualization
  • A comprehensive end-to-end management solution for applications and infrastructure across platforms and devices

I realize we’re fighting for your attention right now. Odds are you can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the weather, or you have an upcoming vacation on your mind. Clearly we have to step up and help you get over some of that friction. What better way to do that than to offer you a chance at a Mexican getaway* for seven nights and eight days for you and a guest?

So what are you waiting for? Visit the site to learn more>>




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New First-Look-Clinic and Update Courses for SQL Server 2012

We're pleased to announce the release of three new courses for Microsoft SQL Server 2012:


40007A: First Look Clinic: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 This half-day instructor-led clinic introduces the key features and enhancements in SQL Server 2012. It is designed to provide a high-level overview of the product and the key new capabilities in this release.


40008A: Updating your Database Skills to Microsoft SQL Server 2012 This three-day instructor-led course provides existing SQL Server database professionals with the knowledge and skills to use new and enhanced capabilities in SQL Server 2012.


40009A: Updating your Business Intelligence Skills to Microsoft SQL Server 2012 This three-day instructor-led course provides existing SQL Server Business Intelligence (BI) professionals with the knowledge and skills to use new and enhanced BI capabilities in SQL Server 2012.


Office 365 - Download the Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus Preview

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E-Book: Configure Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010-Based Products

Download this e-book to learn about the concepts of identity in SharePoint 2010-Based Products and how Kerberos authentication helps play a critical role.


System Center 2012: Virtual Machine Manager - No Cost, Online Course

Discover what's new in System Center 2012: Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). You'll learn how to use VMM to help your business build, deploy, and maintain a private cloud.


Technical Workshops On-Demand: Building a Security Enhanced, Scalable Extranet with Microsoft SharePoint 2010


Watch this on-demand event to learn about Extranet architecture, Extranet security, search architecture, user and site provisioning and governance of SharePoint. 


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