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This week we are looking to the future with the Cloud OS and our feature this week focuses on the big drive towards Cloud OS and People-Centric IT. For those of you who were lucky enough to attend the recent TechEd North America you would of heard about the reality of the idea of simplifying how users access their applications and data on many platforms and devices. If you missed it, don’t worry you can watch the conference here on Channel 9.

We have plenty more OS Cloud treats for you with top stories covering how the rapid growth in use of smart devices and the ubiquitous access to cloud services online is changing the way that people use their personal technology to get work done.

Our Licensing expert Vicky Lea has also written an essential guide in how to license Windows Azure. We look at how services are charged based on the amount of service that has been consumed and how these charges vary per service.

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Going beyond windows 8- What does the future of operating systems look like?
With the release of Windows 8, Microsoft took a huge step into the Cloud unifying the user with their cloud profiles such as Twitter, Facebook and Linked-In and bringing a new level of integration into the apps themselves. Whilst this is a big and significant move it is only the first of many innovations around the Operating System and the cloud. This article aims to look at what the current Microsoft Cloud OS looks like as well as taking a look into the near future to see what may be around the corner.

“Operating systems are like underwear — nobody really wants to look at them.” – Bill Joy.

At the recent TechEd North America there was a big drive towards Cloud OS and People-Centric IT – essentially, the idea of simplifying how users access their applications and data on many platforms and devices. The idea of a cloud OS takes what we’re used to with a traditional OS (running programs and interfacing with hardware) and abstracts it – instead of software running on individual machines, we have applications that run on many, transparent to the person running or consuming the service. From the perspective of the user, they’re no longer using a program on a machine but consuming a service that lives in an arbitrary place.
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Licensing Windows Azure
There are a large range of services available within Windows Azure ranging from Compute services to Data Services, App Services and Networks. And these services can be combined to provide various solutions, such as Infrastructure, Mobile, Web, Media, Identity and Access Management, Big Data, Dev and Test and Storage, Backup and Recovery. For more detail on the different Windows Azure services and solutions I would recommend looking at The Windows Azure services are charged based on the amount of service that has been consumed and these charges vary per service.
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Server & Cloud Blog - Are we there yet?
Like most children, I got a lot of (rarely heeded) advice from my parents. One thing that my dad was particularly fond of reminding me of was that “the journey is as important as the destination”. I suspect that IT customers are wishing their vendors would also heed this maxim. Too often it seems that we vendors assume that customers are willing – and able – to directly jump to the end-state we’re selling: “Struggling to keep up with your business units’ IT needs? Just go to the public cloud!”
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Whitepaper: A Guide to the Cloud Career Opportunity for IT Pro’s
Cloud computing has already started to change the way organisations think about their approach to IT. A new paradigm is emerging: one that is flexible, cost-effective and supports tactical and strategic objectives within the business. Cloud computing clears the path for innovation and agility in provision of IT services. But the big changes have barely started.
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Azure VM Role is dead, long live VMs...
I notice so many people using the terms “Windows Azure VM Role” and “Windows Azure Virtual Machines” interchangeably; as if they are the same thing. They’re not. And maybe that’s what describes a tiny bit of the confusion regarding the death of VM Role. Windows Azure Virtual Machines are often described as “Persistent VM Role”, but again, many newcomers to this space don’t realise there is a difference between VM Role and Persistent VM Role.
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Resilience by Design for Cloud Services
This paper describes Resilience Modeling and Analysis (RMA), a methodology for improving resiliency adopted from the industry-standard technique known as Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), and provides guidance for implementation. The primary goal of the paper is to provide information to equip cloud service engineers with a detailed understanding of RMA, including the steps and templates used to complete the process, and to enable easy and consistent adoption.
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Learn about Current Trends in Cloud Computing
Microsoft released the new Trends in cloud computing report, which analyzes the results of current IT maturity and adoption practices of organisations worldwide that have used the free Cloud Security Readiness Tool (CSRT). This trends report helps organizations understand and evaluate IT security areas that are strengths and weaknesses.
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