Microsoft announces big plans for enterprise IT
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Microsoft announces big plans for enterprise IT

For businesses to remain at the top of their game, it's critical that they pay close attention to emerging technologies. As more companies see information technology implementation as a way to improve their products and services while strengthening relationships with customers, it is imperative that organizations carefully consider that they can gain a competitive advantage through such channels. With the right IT tools, any firm can position itself on the cutting edge.

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Microsoft recently revealed a portfolio of new solutions for its enterprise users at TechEd North America 2013. According to the IT leader, the goal of releasing these new offerings was to assist businesses in making a more effective transition to the world of cloud computing and connected devices.

Among these Microsoft solutions are several technologies for the hybrid cloud, including System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014. These products, which will be available for organizations to preview later in June, will eliminate many of the barriers that exist between data centers and Windows Azure, ultimately allowing firms to make many IT applications and services available across clouds. Additionally, they will gain increased scalability, alleviating some of the costs and other burdens that can come with less customizable options.

"The products and services introduced today illustrate how Microsoft is the company that businesses can bet on as they embrace cloud computing, deliver critical applications and empower employee productivity in new and exciting ways," Server & Tools Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson said. "Only Microsoft connects the dots for the enterprise from 'client to cloud.'"

When PricewaterhouseCoopers announced its predictions for 2013's most important enterprise IT trends, it cited the cloud as being among this group. On one hand, the research firm noted that the private cloud is likely to become more popular due to its ability to better handle some of today's most pressing compliance and security issues, while public cloud offerings will continue to be a strong option for organizations of all sizes.

With hybrid cloud deployments, businesses are able to leverage advantages of both types of cloud technology. Companies of all sizes can enjoy the tighter security of private models while also taking advantage of the flexibility offered by public options. 

Of course, it is also critical that while considering moving some operations into the cloud, enterprises obtain the help they need to make these transitions highly successful. With virtualization consulting services, organizations can ensure they are making the most of their investments.