Nov 17, 2023   |   Pete Apple

Microsoft uses a scream test to silence its unused servers

Do you have unused servers on your hand? Don’t be alarmed if I scream about it—it’ll be for a good reason (and not just because it’s almost Halloween)! Check out Pete Apple’s expedition to the cloud series The learnings, pitfalls, and compromises of Microsoft’s expedition to the cloud Managing Microsoft Azure solutions on Microsoft’s expedition...

Nov 9, 2023   |   Pete Apple

Mapping Microsoft’s expedition to the cloud with good cartography

When you’re charged with mapping Microsoft’s expedition to the cloud, sometimes it’s best to go back to the basics—like using an old fashioned map to help you find your way. Check out Pete Apple’s expedition to the cloud series The learnings, pitfalls, and compromises of Microsoft’s expedition to the cloud Managing Microsoft Azure solutions on...

Jun 19, 2023   |   Inside Track staff

How Microsoft is transforming its own patch management with Azure

[Editor’s note: Azure Update Management is becoming Update Management Center, which is currently available in public preview. Please note that this content was written to highlight a particular event or moment in time. Although that moment has passed, we’re republishing it here so you can see what our thinking and experience was like at the...

Feb 22, 2023   |   Inside Track staff

Designing a modern service architecture for the cloud

The digital transformation that many enterprises are undertaking has its benefits and its challenges: while it brings new opportunities that add value to customers and help drive business, it also places demands on legacy infrastructure, making companies struggle to keep pace with the digital world’s ever-increasing speed of business. Consider an enterprise’s line-of-business (LOB) systems,...

Nov 10, 2022   |   Inside Track staff

Powering Microsoft’s operations transformation with Microsoft Azure

In any digital transformation, technology and culture changes go together, and our ongoing operations transformation here at Microsoft is no different. As a company, we have evolved from using a process-centered, rigid, manual operations model with a disconnected customer experience. We moved to a Microsoft Azure-based model that uses modern engineering principles such as scalability,...

Dec 11, 2019   |   Aleenah Ansari

How Microsoft is modernizing its internal network using automation

After Microsoft moved its workload of 60,000 on-premises servers to Microsoft Azure, employees could set up systems and virtual machines (VMs) with a push of a few buttons. Although network hardware servers have changed over time, the way that network engineers work isn’t nearly as modern. “With computers, we have modernized our processes to follow...