Cloud Computing - How It Can Work For You
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Cloud Computing – How It Can Work For You
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I'm Damir Bersinic, Senior Platform Advisor with Microsoft Canada. I work on a team that is tasked with trying to help YOU by providing resources, answering questions and generally trying to set you up for success with Microsoft-based solutions.

How do we know what you need and what we can do to help? Twice a year through something we call "The Global Relationship Study" - we reach out and contact you to see how we're doing and what Microsoft could do better.

One of these areas that came up in the last survey was Cloud Computing. There's a lot of confusion out there about what the cloud is and what it can do for your organization. When it comes to cloud computing, you may already be using it without knowing. As consumers we use the cloud every day with services like Hotmail or other web-based email service, social media like Facebook and LinkedIn, as well as the ability to view, edit and share document on Windows Live SkyDrive using Office Web Apps.

A great way to transition your business into Cloud Computing would be to start with applications. Microsoft has two Cloud apps that will help you with that transition, as well as help your organization reduce costs and really set you up to grow further into the cloud in the future.

Microsoft Office 365
  • Microsoft Office 365 is a personal favorite of mine and includes cost-effective yet enterprise-grade hosted email through Exchange Online, a full collaboration platform with SharePoint Online, and the ability to easily communicate with your team anywhere in the world through Lync Online.
  • It's also a pay-as-you-go subscription service, meaning a smaller cost spread over each month instead of a large upfront payment helping you budget more effectively.
  • You can try it free for 30 days to experience it for you and your team.

Windows Intune
  • Windows Intune is a great cloud-based solution that can help you manage and secure your PCs no matter where they are located.
  • Among other things, you can perform security and management tasks remotely and deploy updates and line of business applications from a central location and also help ensure that all your computers are fully up-to-date with the latest anti-virus definitions.
  • To try Intune free for 30 days or learn more, go to the Windows Intune website.
When it comes to building an on-premise data center solution as a cloud service, we've put together a great blog post about how and why you should consider this for your business. Want to try it yourself? Start by visiting the TechNet Evaluation Center and downloading Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1, Hyper-V Server, and the System Center 2012 Pre-Release to get started building your Private Cloud lab.

How are we doing? If you ever want to give me or my team some direct feedback, feel free to email me directly at, connect with me on LinkedIn or catch me online on Twitter at @DamirB.

Cloud Computing Resources:

Additional Resources You May Find Useful:

  • Springboard Series
    Your destination for technical resources, free tools and expert guidance to ease the deployment and management of your Windows-based client infrastructure.
  • AlignIT Manager Tech Talk Series
    A monthly streamed video series with a range of topics for both infrastructure and development managers. Ask questions and participate real-time or watch the on-demand recording.
  • TechNet Evaluation Center
    Try some of our latest Microsoft products For free, Like System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products, and evaluate them before you buy.
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