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Michael Otey

Michael Otey, 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...

in Michael Otey's Blog 06/23/2014 - 3:00pm

Equinix Connects the Multi-Cloud

Learn about Equinix's support for Azure and the Cloud Exchange. Get a look into their cloud datacenter....More

Michael Otey

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in End to End IT 03/25/2013 - 7:00pm

Mission Critical Application Virtualization

Virtualization has become a key IT infrastructure technology. Its ability to facilitate server consolidation increases your hardware ROI while simultaneously reducing your management and infrastructure requirements....More

Tony Redmond

Tony Redmond is a senior contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and the author of ...

Tony Redmond 07/31/2014 - 9:00am

Office 365 by the numbers - an ever-increasing trajectory

Last November, I attempted to figure out how many Office 365 paid subscribers Microsoft had signed up on the basis of their reported $1.5 billion annual run-rate (at the time). I concluded that some 15.625 million paid subscriptions were in place on the basis of an average $8/month fee....More
in Security Blog 08/31/2010 - 2:56pm

Free Cloud-Based Storage/Security for Gulf Coast Customers

Do you live in a region on the Gulf or East Coast that is prone to getting hit by hurricanes? If so, have we got a deal for you. Nasuni, a company that specializes in cloud-based file storage, is offering a free 3-month trial (as opposed to the standard 14-day trial) to customers in a region at risk of being hit by a hurricane....More
in Windows IT Pro Archived Blogs 12/19/2011 - 3:34pm

Controlling Plug-Ins in Your Internet Browser

One of the key features of today’s browsers is the ability to plug-in 3rd party code to add additional capabilities to the browsing experience but as these add-ins add additional capability they can also introduce new security and integrity risks. In this post we will look at approaches to protect our browser environments from....More
in Windows IT Pro Archived Blogs 03/02/2011 - 12:49pm

Driving Factors Behind Cloud Computing Adoption

If you're an IT manager or senior IT executive in the evaluation phase for turning over some of your infrastructure to the cloud, you’re not alone. Cloud adoption can vary by industry and organization, but cloud computing is rapidly making inroads into most organizations. According to a recent survey of 600 senior IT and business....More
in Virtualization Pro Tips Blog 10/28/2010 - 3:26pm

Off-Topic: The Challenge of Eliminating Administrator Rights when the User Owns their Computer

Another off-topic post for today, this time on the ever-present problem of successfully eliminating administrator rights.  If you’ve been around IT for any period of time, you know that administrator rights represent one of our biggest security challenges.  Microsoft Windows, for all its greatness, gives us what amounts to an on/off....More
in Windows IT Pro Archived Blogs 11/12/2010 - 11:29am

Virtualizing SharePoint with VMware

Installing your SharePoint servers on VMware with Virtual Machines (VMs) gives you a lot of flexibility when performing site enhancements, migrations and global site modifications.   It can save you a significant amount of hardware cost and configuration time when installing a new SharePoint Farm or migrating an existing....More

Orin Thomas

Orin Thomas is a contributing editor for Windows IT Pro and a Windows Security MVP. He has authored or coauthored more than thirty books for Microsoft Press, founded the Melbourne System Center, Security, and Infrastructure Group, creates courseware for...

07/24/2014 - 10:49am

IT Pros must constantly learn, but they don’t all learn in the same way

The first time I saw my favorite professor present a lecture, he declared to the lecture hall “everything I’ll be teaching you this semester is written down over in the library by people far more eloquent by myself. As that is demonstrably true, ask yourself why should you give up several hours each week to hear me provide....More
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