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Transforming Network Infrastructure Week in Review: Microsoft, Univa, VCE

May 09, 2015

Although it was rainy in Chicago this week, Microsoft unleashed a flurry of news at its Microsoft Ignite Conference in the Windy City.

That included the introduction of Windows Update for Business, which will provide distribution rings specifying which devices get updated first, maintenance windows, peer to peer delivery, and more.

Microsoft this week also unveiled a new management option for Windows 10 to ensure that end user devices also have the latest security capabilities and Windows features; the Microsoft Azure Stack; cloud enhancement to Windows Server 2016; the Microsoft Operations Management Suite; SQL Server 2016, which will have a database and analytics platform; and more.

Speaking of Microsoft, Paul Slater, lead architect of the modern data center initiative for the company at Data Center World 2015 did a presentation in which he talked about how automation helps increase predictability, it makes sense to build redundancies at the hardware level and resilience at the service level, and how the new hyperscale data center enables organizations to be flexible and use standardized equipment.

Speaking of hyperscale data centers, Univa has come out with a new Universal Resource Broker that enables organizations to manage and optimize distributed applications, data center services, legacy applications and big data frameworks in a single, dynamically shared compute pool.

And VCE has introduced the new VxRack System, which lets service providers easily scale from dozens to several thousand servers and have access to 10s of petabytes of storage capacity. 

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