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MAP 6.0 Beta: Plan for private cloud and identify Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V migration opportunities 

The next version of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0— is now available for free download. To participate, register for the MAP 6.0 Beta Review Program at Microsoft Connect! MAP 6.0 Beta includes the following new and enhanced features to simplify private cloud planning and migration to Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V: Accelerate...

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Hear what NetApp and Cisco are Saying After Joining the Hyper-V Fast Track Program 

As we announced yesterday we are proud to have NetApp and Cisco participating in the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program and delivering pre-validated private cloud solutions for customers. The new NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track with Cisco builds upon the reference architecture and layers on the additional capabilities inherent in the NetApp and Cisco infrastructure. ...

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New Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Partners Double Down on Private Cloud Vision 

Tech Ed North America 2011 http://bit.ly/mdfwpA kicked into high gear today with news that Cisco and NetApp are participating in Microsoft’s Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program. Together, NetApp and Cisco have developed a pre-validated private cloud solution for customers who want to deploy with less risk, more flexibility and choice, and more quickly. Their solution...

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Mark your calendar: Watch the MMS keynotes on the web 

Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday be sure to visit the Microsoft News Center to view the Microsoft Management Summit executive keynotes live on the web!  Don’t miss this opportunity to see our top executives discuss the latest IT Management news, strategies, and solutions from Microsoft, and how to apply them in your organization. ·        ...

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Survey says: IT pros weigh in on the role of solution providers 

Microsoft recently worked with MarketTools’s Zoom Panel Tech to conduct an online survey of 2000 IT professionals about if, how and why they use solution providers (IT consultants, resellers, system integrators and hosted service providers.)  The results verify what we’ve heard repeatedly from customers and partners:  IT departments want strategic solution providers that truly help drive business...

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Improving Online Customer Experience with Microsoft Partner Website Widget 

I am pleased to introduce a new set of interactive web tools designed specifically for our infrastructure partners. The Partner Website Widgets help improve online customer experience on our partner websites. They communicate a core set of business value related to services that our partners deliver with Microsoft technologies. How do they work? These tools...

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Video: Branch Infrastructure Optimization 

In the video below Microsoft introduces three best practices that can help organizations cut branch and remote infrastructure costs.   1.       Use virtualization technology to more efficiently use hardware and save money on energy 2.       Centralize branch infrastructure monitoring and management 3.       Improve networking efficiency Controlling Costs in Your Branch Infrastructure Visit the new Branch...

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