Windows 8 and cloud


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Microsoft officially launched Windows 8 on October 26th along with a new tablet device, the Surface RT. This launch of Windows and devices represents Microsoft’s shift from a software company to a devices and services company.

Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, said Windows 8 “is the biggest change since Windows 95” at their Worldwide Partner Conference in June. You remember the questions you had back then. You may even remember your first experience with Windows 95. What questions will you have this time? How will you find the answers? What will your first experience be with Windows 8?

Get prepared for this change by joining us at the Microsoft Store in Lenox Mall on November 12th.

Spend the morning with other business owners and managers as we look at Windows 8 and what changes it introduces.
Then, experience Windows 8 with hands on access to the latest devices from Microsoft and other manufacturers.
Finally, we will discuss how Windows 8 on these new devices combined with Microsoft Online Services can have a positive impact on your business.

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  • Key points:Not just Web apps or leveraging a third-party’s datacenter but a fundamental shift in the way IT is deliveredFrom a competitive standpoint important to broaden the concept of cloud beyond Microsoft’s data-centers and across devices.Private cloud / Hybrid cloud / Public cloud == not Collocation“the cloud” was originally coined to describe the otherness of the Internet but, increasingly, it is synonymous with the move to “cloud computing” or “cloud services”. As with many topics that blend technical subjects with business hype there are a number of competing definitions. Many of Microsoft’s competitors define the cloud in narrow terms that define the current – and often – restricted subset of offerings. Microsoft has a broad portfolio of offerings and these are available to a wide audience of users including consumers, businesses and governments and so Microsoft’s has bigger ambitions with the cloud and thus its definition of the cloud is necessarily broader.The cloud impacts every aspect of IT and it impacts the users of IT, the administrators and operators of IT, the purchasers of IT and the developers of IT. Because this fundamental impact on IT cuts to the heart of what it means to use the cloud, Microsoft prefers this as the basis for its definition of the cloud: delivering IT as a standardized service.For many, sound reasons, customers and partners will prefer to host the cloud platform and its services in their datacenters, or their partners’ datacenters. Microsoft – almost uniquely – in the software industry believes that the cloud is a software capability that it will provide in its datacenters but which it will sell to customers and partners to run in their datacenters, too.
  • Social Computing11% of information workers visit social networks for work. (Forrester, Oct. 2009)Insecure, risky consumer-grade applications installed by enterprise usersDemand for popular capabilities (social networks, IM, blogging, mashups, etc.) at workSharing of enterprise data on public networks (LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.)Multigenerational workforce80 million Millennials in US, 3.6B worldwide – 4 million enter US workforce each year3 generations – Boomers (b.1946-1962), GenX (1963-1980), Millennials (b.1981-2000) with different workstyles and attitudes toward technologyBoomers deferring retirement, second careersInfrastructure cost and complexityTraditionally nearly 70% of the IT budget is consumed by ongoing operations versus innovation.”“Focus Your I&O Budget On Three Key Initiatives,” Forrester Research, July 16, 2010 by Robert WhiteleyToo many systems/vendors in data centerAverage $1 B company maintains 48 disparate financial systemsComplicated by M&A activity, need to maintain legacy systemsDiverse and distributed workforce84% of organizations have a remote workforce. (Gartner)Increasingly sophisticated mobile apps, mobile devicesIncreasing use of contingent staff, contractors, outsourcingRise of the Cloud80% of large enterprise IT managers are at least in trials for cloud computingBy 2012, 20% of businesses will own no IT assets. (Gartner, Dec. 2009)Main customer concerns: control, security – still questions about cloud in minds of someMost enterprises looking at hybrid cloud/on-premise deployments
  • Small and midsize businesses fuel the growth of today and tomorrow’s economy. We've talked to a lot of businesses in this space to try to understand their reality and the pains and concerns they have over their IT infrastructure. We know that small and midsize businesses are unique and face many different challenges from larger enterprises that have dedicated IT staff and budget. And with the continuing trends of a remote workforce, the importance placed on data security and companies of all sizes moving to the cloud we expect the landscape to continue evolving.Sources:1. Email Tracker 2010, percentage of organizations with mobile email penetration2. 3. Midmarket Study, Slide 36, IDC 2010, April 26, 20114. U.S. SMBs SHOW STRONG PREFERENCE FOR CLOUD “BUNDLING”5. NSBA 2010 Technology Survey6. Email Tracker 20107. Facts and Figures about the EU’s Small and Medium Enterprises, October 31, 2010
  • Cloud computing is not a return to the mainframe era as is sometimes suggested, but in fact offers users economies of scale and efficiency that exceed those of a mainframe, coupled with modularity and agility beyond what client/server technology offered, thus eliminating the tradeoff.Cloud fundamentally alters the economic landscape and provides us an elastic, scalable, pay-as-you-go model.Along with decrease in computing cost due to scale, cloud enables applications, business models and other workloads that were previously not viable.ElasticityCloud computing provides elasticity that allows your customers to scale their computing resources up or down nearly instantly to meet business needs. Example:Let us think of your customer that needs to bring in additional personnel temporarily when they are executing a large project. Pay-as-you-go model of cloud computing allows them to acquire additional cloud computing resources for the duration of the project. This would not have been the case in the perpetual license model that exists in the client server computing architecture, where the customer would have to acquire the licenses permanentlyCAPEX-OPEX Elimination of CAPEX fundamentally changes the cost structure for projects. With cloud costs are structured as Operating expenses and consequently scale up or down with the scale of services used.With computing resources being opex, the cost varies with scale and minimizes the starting costs or fixed costs of a project and also lowers the cost of failure. Easy to ManageCloud services are also very easy to manage as provisioning and adding/removal of applications is rapid due to automated & scaled management. With this simplification of management and the ease of adding/removing workloads, Cloud allows for low administrative overhead and a very rapid deployment of applications.Customers that have embraced the cloud confirm the value created by the cloud in decreasing administrative costs, accelerating time to market and providing the anytime, anywhere, any screen experience that drive business agility and performance.So once the economics of the cloud are clear, it explains why customers and partners see cloud as an innovation that will open up unprecedented opportunity…In a recent study by Gartner, about 75% of IT managers and decision makers are already using or considering adding a cloud enabled workload in the next 12 months…So let us look at what the cloud looks from the customer view point and how Microsoft approaches the cloud.Why Are Customer Embracing the Cloud:This is the Gartner & Forrester Approved SlideGarter 2012 quote is public. By 2012, 20 percent of businesses will own no IT assets. Several interrelated trends are driving the movement toward decreased IT hardware assets, such as virtualization, cloud-enabled services, and employees running personal desktops and notebook systems on corporate networks.The need for computing hardware, either in a data center or on an employee's desk, will not go away. However, if the ownership of hardware shifts to third parties, then there will be major shifts throughout every facet of the IT hardware industry. For example, enterprise IT budgets will either be shrunk or reallocated to more-strategic projects; enterprise IT staff will either be reduced or reskilled to meet new requirements, and/or hardware distribution will have to change radically to meet the requirements of the new IT hardware buying points.Reduce CAPEX and OPEXPredictable and Pay-Per-Use Subscription
  • Small businesses are looking for professional email, the ability to share calendars and access to documents and contacts from virtually anywhere. Midsize businesses with advanced IT needs desire advanced collaboration capabilities, email archiving and Office Professional Plus as a subscription.But across both small and midsize businesses some of the daily challenges they face remain the same:They want a solution that provides value and is something they can afford.They want to adopt the latest technology that can help their people work smarter.They need to be agile and respond quickly to their customers and changes in the market.They need their IT solutions to be both secure and reliable as well as easy to manage.
  • Last October 2010 Microsoft announced Office 365 as “a new service that brings familiar applications, including Office desktop software and Office Web Apps, together with SharePoint, Exchange and Lync in the cloud, for the first time”. Microsoft® Office 365delivers the power of cloud productivity to businesses of all sizes, helping to save time, money and free up valued resources. Office 365 combines the familiar Office desktop suite with cloud-based versions of Microsoft’s next-generation communications and collaboration services: Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and Lync Online. Office 365 is simple to use and easy to administer – all backed by the robust security and guaranteed reliability you expect from a world-class service provider.Microsoft Office 365 Includes:Microsoft® Office Professional PlusThe world’s leading productivity tool now seamlessly connected and delivered with cloud services – for the best productivity experience across the PC, Phone and Browser.Exchange OnlineCloud-based email, calendar and contacts with always-up-to-date protection from viruses and spam.SharePoint OnlineCloud-based service for creating sites to connect colleagues, partners and customers.Lync OnlineCloud-based instant messaging, presence, and online meeting experiences with PC-audio, video conferencing and screen sharing. Key Microsoft Office 365 Benefits:Anywhere-access to email, documents, contacts, and calendars on nearly any device Work seamlessly with Microsoft Office and the other programs your users already count on everydayBusiness-class features including IT-level phone support,  guaranteed 99.9% uptime, geo-redundancy, and disaster recoveryPay-as-you-go pricing options which give you predictability and flexibility for all or part of your organization
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  • Windows RT provides two elements – “devices & experiences people love” and “ready for business to embrace”.Devices & experiences people loveHardware and software innovation: Windows RT runs on ARM, which enables OEMs to build new form factors (thin, light, and sleek design) as well as with long battery life. It is equipped with UEFI and TPM chip and is secure by default. Windows RT devices are compatible with most peripherals since they include class drivers for most peripheralsHigh quality: Windows RT is built with the ecosystem, providing a pre-configured environment on certified hardware. As a result, end users can have predictable and reliable experience over time.Windows 8 apps: Enterprise developers can use their familiar developer languages & tools to build Windows 8 Enterprise apps, and they can run on both Windows RT and Windows 8 (x86) devices. Also, people can obtain their apps from Windows Store, and enterprises can choose to deploy new Windows 8 Enterprise apps to PCs, without going through the Windows Store.Productivity and personal: Windows RT includes new UI (as well as desktop), and Office 15 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote) is pre-installed so that end users can be productive out of the box. Windows RT comes with inbox mail client which works with Exchange Server, Hotmail, or other email services. It natively supports touch, mouse, and keyboard, and multiple people can create accounts on the same device.Ready for businessConnectivity: Windows RT includes inbox VPN client (for Microsoft, Cisco, CheckPoint, and Juniper servers) and supports multi-factor authentication (smartcard and virtual smartcard). Data and app access: Business people can access line-of-business apps (which cannot be installed on the desktop) via remote access so that they can stay productive. Additionally, the full VDI (e.g., RemoteFX, USB redirection, multi-touch remoting) is supported on Windows RT.Security & manageability: IT can manage security policy through Exchange ActiveSync (EAS). Additionally, IT can manage LOB app cycle, policy management and compliance through the “management infrastructure in the cloud” (see here for details: Diagnostics and troubleshooting: Command line tools (including PowerShell) are supported on Windows RT
  • Key Messages: With Windows 8 tablets, people will have the convenience of a tablet with the productivity of a PC. Touch-optimized Experience: A touch-optimized experience is ideal for today’s workers and people can experience new levels of productivity. Keyboard and mouse support: supporting both multi-touch and traditional keyboard & mouse interfaces, Windows 8 provides an intuitive and productive way to work. IT pros can manage and secure Windows 8 tablets, as they do for their PCs with their existing infrastructure and tools. Talk Track:Today, we hear from customers that they often have to choose between the full productivity they enjoy on PCs and convenience/delight experience on tablets. Productivity challenges: most business desktop and productivity apps do not run on non-Windows tablets Manageability and security: It is hard for IT to manage and secure non-Windows tabletsWith Windows 8 tablets, people no longer have to trade-off between productivity and convenience. Productivity, convenience and mobility: it is Windows. You can use the familiar user interface, your desktop LOB and productivity apps, and peripherals you use today on Windows 7. Windows 8 delivers Touch-optimized experience along with full support for mouse and keyboard, enabling you to move between work and personal activities easily and effortlessly. New interface for Windows 8 provides at-a-glance access to critical data and the apps are always-on-always-connected to keep you up to date. And apps from the Windows Store - you are always connected and up to date with your critical information.Manageability and security: companies can take advantage of their existing management and security infrastructure, as they manage Windows 8 tablets.
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  • Windows 8 and cloud

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    2. 2. What is the cloud? cloud computing allows enterprises to get their applications up and running faster, with improved manageability and less maintenance, and enables IT to cloud providers manage more rapidly adjust resources to meet fluctuating and the infrastructure and unpredictable business demand platforms on which the applications runthe use of computingresources (hardwareand software) that are Internet-based solutionsdelivered as a serviceover a network that businesses can use to(typically the Internet). perform the same tasks that previously required costly on-premises systems
    3. 3. environment Social Computing Infrastructure Cost and 11% 70% Complexityof information workers visit Rise of the of IT budgets is spent maintaining inflexible and siloed Cloudsocial networking sites for work data center equipment of large enterprise IT managers are at least in trial stage for cloud computing initiatives Multigenerational Mobile and Distributed4million 84% Workforce Workforcemillennials enter the workforce each year of organizations have a remote workforce
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    6. 6. Security Anywhere Reliability Access IT Control Value & Management
    7. 7. Hybrid On Premises OnlineBest experience across devices Cloud on your terms Voice Content Enterprise Reporting Messaging & Video Management Social & Analytics
    8. 8. Long battery life. Thin, light, and sleek.Runs on low-power ARM processorsHigh Quality & Predictable Experience Over TimePreconfigured system on certified hardwareCommonality & Shared Code with Windows 8Both Windows RT and Windows 8 can run apps from the Windows StoreCompatible with most peripheralsReady for Business to EmbraceOffice 15 preinstalledConnectivity with Inbox VPN clients; Smartcard and Virtual smartcardData & app access via Remote Access and full VDI supportExchange Active Sync support; Management infrastructure in the cloud
    9. 9. Windows 8 tablets for all your business tasks Exchange SharePoint Data Servers Windows Store, Windows Live, O365 FIREWALL BENEFITS • Touch-optimized UI for new work styles • Always on and always connected Full mouse and to keep you always up to date keyboard support • New interface provides at a glance access to critical data • Keyboard and mouse support • Access to your corporate infrastructure and cloud apps
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