The Microsoft Azure Cloud is huge….very huge!! We could also say H-y-uuuuuuu-ge!!! This blogpost by Microsoft explains the current size and it’s still growing very fast!!
Here are some facts about Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure that powers Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Xbox Live, and many other services:
- The Microsoft Cloud is made up of more than 100 datacenters worldwide.
- The Microsoft Cloud serves over 140 countries.
- The Microsoft Cloud is comprised of MILLIONS of servers, and growing!
- The Microsoft Cloud is built with the latest hardware innovations to maximize efficiency.
- The Microsoft Cloud is connected by enough fiber to stretch to the Moon and back 3 times!
- Microsoft processes Millions of network requests per second backed by high availability infrastructure.
- Everything is monitored 24x7x365
- The Microsoft global infrastructure is 100% carbon neutral.
- Microsoft has built one of the most connected networks in the world so you don’t have to.
- Microsoft Azure is used by 85% of Fortune 500 companies.
Microsoft is also aiming to increase that figure to 50 by 2018!!
Together Microsoft Press and Microsoft Virtual Academy have a number of Free eBooks available for download. The latest released eBook is “Enterprise Cloud Strategy” written by Barry Briggs and Eduardo Kassner.
Enterprise Cloud Strategy outlines the benefits Enterprises can realize from adoption Microsoft Azure and the Cloud. Based on the authors real world experience they describe the details necessary to answer the most common questions Enterprises have on moving to the cloud.
The different download formats for the book are available on the Free eBooks from Microsoft Press page, along with the full catalog of other Free eBooks that have been published. For convenience, I’ve included the file download links below:
PDF for desktop & tablet (8.75 MB)
PDF for mobile (4.70 MB)
EPUB (6.41 MB)
Mobi for Kindle (15.7 MB)
This eBook is also available Free for Amazon Kindle as well!
Have you missed the Microsoft Ignite 2016 event…..no problem!! MVP Michel de Rooij has created a script to download all the content (videos and slidedecks). So you can watch all the content again.
This script will download all the Ignite 2016 slidedecks and videos that are available from Techcommunity via the OneDrive URL on the session page. Video downloads will leverage a utility which can be downloaded from https://yt-dl.org/latest/youtube-dl.exe, and put it in the same folder as the script. The script itself will try to download the utility when the utility is not present.
Special credits goes to:
Original scraper for slidedecks by Mattias Fors, http://deploywindows.info.
Adjusted for video downloading by Michel de Rooij, http://eightwone.com
Enhancements by Scott Ladewig http://ladewig.com
Download the script here.
Microsoft has released a free ebook of “Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition”. You can download the ebook here.
The most affordable toolkit to meet your goals!
There is no better way to start virtualizing than with a FREE Microsoft Hyper-V environment, free backup, free virtual storage and free management software!
With this free toolkit, you can create your own test lab, run a small business or even scale your production environment up to 1,000 VMs. It’s a FREE way to virtualize!
- Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
Free Hypervisor with all the functionality of it’s ‘big brother’, Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V
- Veeam Backup & Replication
Effective and easy-to-use tool for Hyper-V backup
- StarWind Virtual SAN
Reliable shared storage with unlimited storage capacity for a single-node device
- 5nine Manager
Simple and easy-to-use Graphical User Interface, local or remote, to manage Hyper-V virtual machines
And if you would like to just download Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2, please click here.
Microsoft has released the Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Service Pack 1 Architecture Poster. This poster gives you an overview of all the components, load-balancing and possibilities of Exchange Server 2013. Nice to print on the wall in your studyroom
You can download the Architecture poster here.
Microsoft System Center: Integrated Cloud Platform
David Ziembicki and Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor
This book is organized by cloud type and begins with a short overview of the Cloud OS strategy from Microsoft and a high-level hybrid cloud architecture. It also covers the design and deployment of private cloud solutions using Windows and System Center to deliver the software-defined datacenter where storage, network, compute, and management are all virtualized and delivered by the Microsoft platform.
Download the PDF
Download the EPUB file
Download the Mobi for Kindle file