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Microsoft's 'intelligent cloud' starts to take shape

J. Peter Bruzzese | May 11, 2015
New containers and new versions of Windows Server, Azure Stack, SCCM, Windows Update, and Exchange lay the groundwork.

System Center Configuration Manager for managing Windows 10 has also been made available in technical preview, although SCCM 2012 R2 will also be updated to work with Windows 10. Microsoft also announced the cloud-based Operations Management Suite (OMS) to extend System Center across various hybrid clouds (including Azure and Amazon Web Services).

The cloud wasn't the only thing on Microsoft's agenda. It also demonstrated new Windows 10 features(which is shaping up to be better than Windows 7 and less hated than Windows 8). Microsoft also announced Windows Update for Business as a way to let administrators better control when updates take place, set distribution rings for updates based on which systems should be updated first, and enable peer-to-peer delivery for poorly connected branch offices.

Microsoft also revealed more details on Exchange 2016 and the corresponding Office 2016 client (available in public preview). I'll cover these in detail in a future post, but I'll share one tidbit now on the Exchange 2016 architecture: The Mailbox and Client Access server roles have been merged back together, providing for a multirole, server deployment.

It's very clear that, although Microsoft isn't abandoning its on-premises server offerings, it is growing its line of cloud offerings in an attempt to dominate the cloud.

Source: InfoWorld

 

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