What helps make up 21st century data centers? In my last article, I focused on the automation aspect of the modern-day data center. My main point was that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing which automation engine to use in your environment. There are plenty of options available, and you should make your decision based on which solution makes the most sense for your environment and the systems that are running on it. You should also take advantage of other automation tools or engines that may be provided as part of another solution. Native functionality that is vendor-provided is a gift that should be opened and taken advantage of. Continue reading Tools of the 21st Century Data Centers
Eschewing the virtual desktop for the truly virtual, Microsoft has announced its next generation productivity suite bringing together Microsoft Office, SharePoint Online, Exchange Online and Lync Online in an always-up-to-date cloud service.
Office 365 will be delivered in early 2011 and will be available in two flavors; one targeted at small business and the other targeted at enterprises. Until then Microsoft has opened a limited beta program for Office 365 is available 13 countries – sign-up is available here for people who can’t wait until next year to experience it . Although given the evident enthusiasm at the time of announcement it may well be that all available spaces will have been exhausted by now. Continue reading Microsoft Office 365 – Coming soon to a cloud near you