Pender's Blog

Blog archive

WPC: Windows Server Beta, Azure Cloud Appliances

Happy Bastille Day to everyone! C'est le quatorze juillet, jour de la fête nationale en France. Here's one quick hint for your next trip to Paris: Don't ask where the Bastille is. There is a neighborhood called Bastille -- a really fun one, actually -- but the building itself has been gone for a couple of centuries now. You probably knew that, but we're always here to help.

Now, back in the 1780s, the fledgling US was pretty friendly with la France, so that leads us perfectly into...the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C.! OK, so maybe that wasn't perfect (Washington DC wasn't founded until 1790...), but we weren't really sure how else to jump into another round of announcements from WPC '10. Anyway, here they are:

Microsoft released at the show the beta of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2. The beta adds dynamic memory and Remote FX for testing purposes; both are virtualization features. There's some other stuff in the beta as well, but you'll have to jump to the link to find out the rest. Hey, we've got Web sites to run here.

Also this week in D.C., Microsoft continued pursuing its cloud revolution (see, that Bastille Day meme is really working out now) by releasing its Azure platform as an appliance. That means that customers and partners will be able to run Azure on their premises. There's more, as always, in the excellent RCPmag.com story by Jeff Schwartz.

OK, so it's not revolutionary news, but it's useful. And installing the Windows Server beta will hopefully be a lot less messy than storming the Bastille -- which, again, isn't there anymore.

Posted by Lee Pender on 07/14/2010 at 1:23 PM


Featured

  • Basic Authentication Extended to 2H 2021 for Exchange Online Users

    Microsoft is now planning to disable Basic Authentication use with its Exchange Online service sometime in the "second half of 2021," according to a Friday announcement.

  • Microsoft Offers Endpoint Configuration Manager Advice for Keeping Remote Clients Patched

    Microsoft this week offered advice for organizations using Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager with remote Windows systems that need to get patched, and it also announced Update 2002.

  • Azure Edge Zones Hit Preview

    Azure Edge Zones, a new edge computing technology from Microsoft designed to enable new scenarios for developers and partners, emerged as a preview release this week.

  • Microsoft Shifts 2020 Events To Be Online Only

    Microsoft is shifting its big events this year to be online only, including Ignite 2020.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.