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Microsoft Virtualization Secrets by John Savill

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Chapter 14

Virtualizing with the Microsoft Public Cloud

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Understanding Microsoft’s history as a public cloud service provider
  • What are Windows Azure and SQL Azure?
  • Developing for the Windows Azure platform
  • Accessing Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service
  • Using Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync in the cloud with Office 365
  • Managing desktops with Windows Intune
  • Analyzing server best practices with System Center Advisor

This book focuses on Microsoft virtualization solutions that are used internally within organizations, but Microsoft also has a long history of offering public cloud services. In recent years, Microsoft has significantly improved and added to those public cloud capabilities; and all the public cloud lessons learned, such as how to provide huge scalability and resiliency platforms, have been applied to Microsoft’s private cloud solutions. This chapter examines the most significant Microsoft public cloud services and their potential place in your organization. As organizations strive to streamline their IT services and meet ever higher expectations, using the public cloud might be the right solution in many scenarios.

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