Microsoft has released a new public preview of Azure Active Directory Connect, a tool for connecting Windows Server AD to Azure AD. It will replace DirSync and the standalone Azure AD Sync tools.
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For IT workers, the worry of becoming obsolete is constant. Toss in automation, robotics and artificial intelligence and many tech tasks won't need humans. Is there any wonder why IT is trying to learn more human and interpersonal skills to move up the food chain?
IFTTT, a startup that provides automation tools, announced $30 million in new funding from leading venture capital firms.
The US subsidiary of Randstad Holding nv, a $22 billion global provider of HR service, has selected FrontRange for building cloud-based automation tools to support its professional services and staffing solutions.
Cloud infrastructure market leader Amazon Web Services upgrades its tools so that Windows Server 2012 virtual-machine images can move between on-premise systems and EC2.
WHOA.COM, a supplier of cloud services, has chosen to use monitoring and automation tools from ScienceLogic. The CEO and founder of WHOA.COM explains why.
Microsoft's Blue wave of server tools are about to be released; here's how they fit together to build what Microsoft is calling the "CloudOS".
My best advice to everyone who is potentially threatened by Cloud-based automation and datacenter elimination is to get thee some new skills. Quickly.
Here's my latest attempt to read the tea leaves about some recent Microsoft organizational moves.
ManageEngine, which develops a broad range of automation and monitoring tools, adds extensive cloud services and apps support to password service software.
Gizmox's VisualWebGui provides tools to enable companies to 'transpose' their legacy client-server apps for use on the web or mobile.
Microsoft now has seven $1 billion businesses that are part of its Server and Tools unit.
Organizations that deploy Big Data tools to analyze operational data soon learn staff's expertise in SQL isn't always helpful. New skills need to be learned.
The 451 Group's TheInfoPro recently released the Server and Virtualization Study, Wave 12. Peter ffoulkes, of TheInfoPro, stopped by to review the findings of the study. It is clear that the majority of those surveyed have moved towards a converged infrastructure. Adding automation and orchestration remain.
Home automation tools, combined with smart grids, offer utilities, businesses and consumers a potent cocktail of technologies to help them cut their electricity consumption. An example from the UK's Isle of Wight shows what can be achieved.
Microsoft's Server and Tools Business currently includes six separate $1 billion businesses -- and possibly more to come.
IT service management -- rebranded as 'service management and automation' -- requires skills including architecture, design, finances and, of course... service.
Virtual server environments can be very complex making it hard to know what is happening. Sumo Logic points out that the log files created by VMware's tools along with those created by other layers of software offer clues about performance and reliability issues.
Now that Windows Server 2012 and Visual Studio 2012 are starting to roll out to customers, Microsoft is making some org changes to the unit that built the products.
Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials was disappointing, but there's a lot to like in its successor, which provides a small file-and-print server with integrated systems management and backup tools that's ideal for a small business or a home office.
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