Michael Otey


Michael Otey, senior technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, is president of TECA, a software-development and consulting company in Portland, Oregon. Michael has covered the topic of virtualization extensively for Windows IT Pro, having written several features articles showing how to take advantage of virtualization in the enterprise as well as reviewing all of the major virtualization products.

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VMware Races Forward on Hybrid Cloud Management
VMware recently announced a series of significant enhancements to their virtualization and cloud management products.
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Microsoft Ups the Cloud Ante
There's little doubt that Microsoft is taking its new vision of being a devices and services organization very seriously. Microsoft clearly believes this is what they must do to continue to compete in the consumer and enterprise space.
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Top Ten: New Features in vSphere 5.5
At VMworld 2013, VMware released vSphere 5.5; this update uses features from vSphere 5.1 and improves them, increasing scalability and catching up to Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V 2012.
Top 10 Ways Microsoft Can Fix the Surface Pro 1
Ten changes that would make the Microsoft Surface Pro better
Manage Hyper-V with PowerShell 1
Windows PowerShell helps you perform repetitive tasks, work with multiple VMs, and provide reports in a Hyper-V environment.
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Cloud Disaster Recovery and Backup
One of the easier ways to begin to take advantage of cloud computing is for backup and disaster recovery (DR). Cloud storage is easily accessible and can be more cost effective than buying local storage.
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Tackling Cloud Security with Encryption 1
If you’re seriously looking at using the cloud as a data store then encryption is a must if you want any real data security.
Top 10 Tips for Using PowerShell ISE
If you're just getting started with PowerShell, chances are you'll be doing your work using the Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE). Although there are other third-party products that far exceed the features found in ISE, Microsoft's ISE is free and is more or less the de facto Microsoft PowerShell development tool.
Review: HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 and HP PS1810-8G Switch

Designed expressly for the needs of small business, the HP ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 packs a lot of power along with enterprise manageability into a tiny package. This is not server designed for racks or computer rooms. HP designed this unit for small businesses many of whom might be looking for their first server. The HP ProLiant MicroServer comes in a small 10” x 8 x 10” nearly square form factor that can easily fit on a self, under a desk or on a table top.

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Important Features in Microsoft's Free Hyper-V Server 2012 1
Microsoft's free Hyper-V Server 2012 offers enhanced features, including host scalability, cluster support, and network virtualization.
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Automation is the Key to Cloud Efficiency
We've all heard the cloud is more than virtualization and that the cloud builds on virtualization. But how exactly is the cloud more than just virtualization?
Top 10 New Features in Windows 8.1 1

By now it should come as no surprise that Windows 8 has failed to take businesses by storm. According to NetMarketShareWindows 8 now has just a bit more market share than the much reviled Windows Vista release. Microsoft hopes to turn around those negative perceptions with the latest release of Windows 8.1 (formerly code-named Blue). Windows 8.1 addresses several of the major complaints customers have had about Windows 8.

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization and Cloud Enhancements 1
At this past TechED 2013 in New Orleans, Microsoft announced a number of significant enhancements to their virtualization and cloud products. For virtualization they announced the release of Windows Server 2012 R2.
Top 10 Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V New Features
Microsoft made tremendous strides forward with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and now the upcoming release of Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012 R2 it's clear that Microsoft has continued to push their virtualization technologies forward at a surprising pace.
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VMware vCloud Hybrid Service Provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Jumping straight into the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) race with Amazon and Microsoft Azure, VMware's CEO Pat Gelsinger recently announced VMware's vCloud Hybrid Service.
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