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Microsoft to talk cloud at Tech Ed

Joab Jackson, IDG News Service | May 13, 2011
Cloud computing will once again be a major theme for this year's Microsoft Tech Ed conference, according to the company. And attendees seem to be interested in finding out how the cloud can be used in conjunction with their own operations.

Trent set up a page, called Twitter Army, for attendees who wish to file reports of what they have learned at the show, so the knowledge can be shared with others.

Not to say that other topics won't be addressed at the conference. In addition to cloud computing, session tracks are also dedicated to topics such as databases, business intelligence, developer tools, middleware, Microsoft Office and SharePoint, unified communications, security, virtualization and Windows for the client, server and the mobile phone.

For one attendee, learning about Microsoft's Lync unified communications server will be one of the chief draws of the show.

Scott Ladewig, information services networking and operations manager for the Washington University in St. Louis' Olin Business School, is attending the show "to see what is current and what is coming" from Lync and other Microsoft technologies, he said.

The business school, like several other schools within the university, runs Microsoft Office Communications Server, Lync's predecessor. Ladewig will be looking for information on how to unify these systems, as well as get them to interoperate with other unified communications offerings, such as the one offered by Cisco.

"OCS has pretty much everything we are looking for but obviously we want to stay current," he said.

 

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