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Bringing Your Enterprise Cloud Usage Under Control

What your organization can do to get cloud usage under some semblance of control and even turn issues into assets.

6 Security Tools To Protect Enterprise Data

The growth of employee-owned devices and use of cloud services requires advanced protection. Here are six new and emerging products worth considering.

Top Security Threats Still Plaguing Enterprise Cloud Adoption

Cloud usage is rising and so are the number of threats to the security and privacy of your organization's information.

Containers: Beyond Virtualization

The open source lightweight Docker runtime environment for Linux could someday supersede the traditional virtual machine. Among its many supporters is Microsoft, which just announced a deep partnership with Docker Inc. to bring containers to the next version of Windows Server.

5 Hyper-V Host Decisions To Make Before Installing

Before making the jump, here are some points to consider.

First Look: Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft's release of the first Windows 10 Technical Preview this week shows signs that the company's effort to unify the fragmented OS for PCs, tablets and phones delivered with Windows 8.x is coming to life, but not yet an exponential leap forward.

Redmond Third-Party Reader's Choice Awards: The Big Grow Bigger

Vendor consolidation is leading IT pros to favor fewer players, according to this year's annual Redmond Third-Party Reader's Choice Awards.

Microsoft's Role in the New Data Culture

As enterprise IT pros face a business imperative to support the management and analysis of Big Data, Microsoft has embraced the call with the latest evolution of SQL Server, support for NoSQL and Hadoop. The changes promise to alter the role of the traditional DBA.

Prepare for Windows Server 2003's End of Support

The retirement of support for Windows Server 2003 will be one of the most important of the predictable security issues of 2015.

Hyper-V and the Cloneable Domain Controller

Is the new feature an IT game changer or an unnecessary headache?

Build a Successful SharePoint Governance Plan

Coming up with a viable governance strategy is critical and requires a careful balancing act.

How To Sync Azure Active Directory with SaaS

The new Microsoft Azure Active Directory puts more on-premises features into the cloud version and links to more than 1,200 Software as a Service (SaaS) apps.

Should You Outsource Your Help Desk?

Who's running your help desk? Outsourcing can solve several IT problems -- reducing costs and providing a quick route to mobility management. But beware: Outside contractors don't always deliver the help or results you need.

How To Get Started with Microsoft's Azure Files Preview

The feature, part of Microsoft's Azure cloud service, makes it easy to create file shares in the public cloud.

Storage Disruptors: How Flash Drives and Cloud-Based Services Are Transforming IT Storage Plans

Microsoft is among a number of new providers upsetting the status quo by offering software defined storage, cloud-based data protection, flash-based arrays and converged Web scale infrastructure.

One Year Post-Snowden: Shattered Trust Is Hard To Repair

Since Edward Snowden first revealed major cloud companies' cooperation with the NSA's covert surveillance, Microsoft and other vendors have been fighting hard to restore their image through public measures to protect users' privacy. While Redmond readers respect the effort to varying degrees, they're taking their own countermeasures.

Hyper-V Private vs. Internal Virtual Switches: Which to Choose?

Here's how to choose the right switch type for your environment.

System Center Operations Manager: Management Packs Go Deep

The new System Center feature plugs in monitor infrastructure and apps in real time.

Cut Your IT Workload with System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Reduce the labor of deploying Windows images, patches, policies and group settings with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager.

Microsoft's Mobile Focus Includes Strong Support for Competing Platforms

Microsoft wants to be your mobile device management provider in the evolving BYOD era, even if that means emphasizing iOS and Android over Windows.

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