September 6, 2012 News Thursday: Quest Software Simplifies Email Migration with Windows Azure, New Relic Adds Windows Server Monitoring, and more Server and Tools News!


by STB Blogger

Quest Software Simplifies Email Migration for Customers with Windows Azure
Quest Software is simplifying how customers of all sizes move their email to the cloud with its email migration solution, Quest OnDemand Migration for Email. The solution is based on Windows Azure and helps customers migrate to Microsoft Office 365. Quest recognized that many customers wanted to migrate their email from both on-premise infrastructures and other cloud solutions to Office 365 but noted that several email migration tools in the market were difficult to set up. As a result, Quest created a solution that could be delivered using a software-as-a-service deployment model with Windows Azure in which customers do not need to install or maintain any software for the move, helping save time and money. By running the solution on Windows Azure, Quest has been able to give companies large and small a fast, low-cost, low-risk way to migrate email to cloud environments.

You can read more about Quest Software’s solution in the press release and case study.

Microsoft Research Scientists Collaborate with Windows Azure Storage to Reduce Data-Storage Costs
Microsoft Research and the Windows Azure Storage team partnered together to develop a powerful mathematical tool that significantly reduces the amount of space stored data requires. The tool will thereby cut the cost of data storage, saving Windows Azure Storage millions of dollars. The team used the “lazy erasure coding” technique to compress data, while also maintaining strong performance and security. More can be read about the achievement in their paper, Erasure Coding in Windows Azure Storage , which was awarded the Best Paper Award at the USENIX Annual Technical Conference 2012.

See Microsoft Research’s feature story for additional information.

New Relic Adds Windows Server Monitoring to Enhance Performance of Windows Azure Applications
New Relic, a Sac-based application performance management company, has announced the addition of performance monitoring for Windows Server. Combined with existing support for Windows Azure, New Relic offers a complete performance monitoring solution for web applications running in Windows Server and Windows Azure environments. Together, New Relic and Microsoft aim to deliver a powerful solution for development teams to deploy and optimize .NET web applications.

Read New Relic’s press release for more information on this announcement, including an overview of the key capabilities in New Relic’s comprehensive application monitoring solution.

Microsoft partners rally in to support Windows Server 2012 launch!
This week, we highlighted announcements from several Microsoft partners who are developing innovative solutions supporting Windows Server 2012. Since the launch of Windows Server 2012 on Tuesday, a few more partners have announced support for the new OS release:

  • Huawei announced a storage compatibility with Windows Server 2012 as well as broad technology support for Windows Server 2012 features including Offload Data Transfer (ODX), Server Message Block (SMB) 3.0 and thin provisioning.
  • HP  announced it is expanding its Converged Cloud portfolio with solutions supporting Windows Server 2012.

Infographic: Customers finding value in Windows Server 2012