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Hello from Las Vegas where we have just kicked off the 10th anniversary edition of the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS). We’ve started the event with an exciting keynote from Bob Kelly.  The keynote outlined how Microsoft would enable customers to get real value from cloud environments through many technologies they already have and are familiar with today, while building the cloud enabled applications of tomorrow. This value will be delivered across both the private and public cloud environments.

Microsoft will provide support for cloud environments driven by the flexible, familiar platform and tools you use today, with integration across clouds to support the federation of services. It will also provide the agility to develop applications and services once, and then deploy them to any cloud environment. For more on Bob’s thoughts on the cloud, please see his related PressPass feature here.
While online service models have been available for years, bringing cloud computing to the enterprise and extending outside the traditional IT boundaries is only now taking shape.  Today we demonstrated three products and their new capabilities that will play a significant role in helping form the foundation of Microsoft’s cloud strategy:

·         Window Server 2008 R2 (including power management, Live Migration, and PowerShell 2.0)

·         Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (Automation of Live Migration, VM migration in SANs, Hot storage management)

·         Operations Manager 2007 R2 (Service level monitoring, cross platform monitoring, and live operational data in Visio diagrams)

I am especially excited about the value and efficiencies the combination of these products delivers. Through integrating the power management instrumentation in Windows Server 2008 R2, the power policy based monitoring capabilities of Operations Manager (enabled with some great new management packs from partners such as Dell, HP and Intel), and finally the VM live migration capabilities of Virtual Machine Manager, we can now enable customers to not only report on power management policies but actively manage the use of their hardware resources using power data.
Operations Manager 2007 R2 represents another step forward for enterprise management. First, the simplicity with which we can now share service level reporting data across the enterprise will help further align IT with business. Next, the native cross platform monitoring capabilities, extended by partners such as Bridgeways and Novell, will enable you to take the low cost end- to-end management available on your Windows platform and extend it to include services deployed across platforms.
We also demonstrated two exciting new technologies that we have up and running in our labs today. Both will have a roll in enabling the true value of cloud computing. First we saw a demonstration of the next stage of virtualization where we will deliver application separation from the OS. This will enable very simple image based application deployment. Additionally, the separation of the OS and application supports patching of the OS without impacting the application. The second preview demo showed the ability to federation a VM from the private cloud to a public cloud (in this case to MaximumASP’s hosted cloud) to enable access to instant capacity to ensure service performance. Both these technologies will make the life of every datacenter administrator that much easier and provide an incredible amount of operational efficiency.
A great start to the show and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow when I’ll be delivering our day two keynote focused on the User Centric Client experience and the great benefits Microsoft brings there as well. 
Can’t make it this year?  Keynotes will be available for live and on-demand viewing here.
I sat down with TechNet Edge to talk through some of the announcements made today in this video.
Thanks for your time – Brad
Brad Anderson
General Manager
Microsoft Management and Services Division