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Identifying the Right Solution for your business

The biggest challenges around cloud adoption aren't the technologies involved but rather involve finding the people that can effectively leverage those technologies to provide the best outcome for an organization. Learn how to implement a cheaper and faster cloud by understanding:

  • The challenges of a hybrid, managed and DIY cloud
  • How cloud providers are better at detecting attacks
  • DIY versus managed hosted clouds
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Why you should care about Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS): An Expert’s perspective

There’s a lot of discussion going on lately about identity. In fact, it’s a very hot topic among most of the organizations today. However, identity is not a new topic, there are just better technologies available to manage identity and more companies providing identity solutions. Azure Active Directory is a comprehensive identity and access management cloud solution that provides a robust set of capabilities to manage your users and groups.

Join our featured speaker from Rackspace, Benjamin Villanueva, a Microsoft Certified Master in Directory Services, and a Microsoft Certified Solutions Master in Directory Services as we discuss and answer some burning questions that many of you may have:

  • How do I manage identities in the public cloud with Azure Active Directory?
  • What are the benefits of identity-as-a-service?
  • How do I streamline my existing Azure Active Directory implementation?
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Challenges of building and operating a Microsoft Private Cloud

A Microsoft Private Cloud enables businesses to balance the benefits of cloud computing with the benefits of a private data center. Building and maintaining a Microsoft® Cloud Platform environment can be challenging, though, and most organizations don’t have the resources to effectively manage the environment. This white paper examines how businesses can address those challenges and leverage the benefits of a Microsoft Private Cloud by using Rackspace to host and manage their Microsoft Cloud Platform environment.
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Don’t go Public with your Private Cloud

Have you always wondered about those “corner of the booth” discussions experts have with themselves when it comes to Cloud? What if it was with experts whom have had thousands of real-world cloud deployments under their belt and more than 15 years of experience managing public, private, hybrid and multi-clouds? Now’s your chance! Join Jeff DeVerter, Chief Technologist for Microsoft Technologies at Rackspace in a “corner of the booth” discussion with three (3) industry expert’s including a SharePoint MVP, chatting on how to keep your private cloud private. There are many reasons companies make the decision to deploy their applications on private cloud with security leading the way for making that decision. With this in mind, it’s vitally important that the deployment of private cloud stay secure. The experts will key in on choosing the right cloud infrastructure for your initial cloud deployment, the required security for your applications to be deployed with, and importance of a comprehensive cloud management strategy that insures success.
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Lessons Learned Deploying Microsoft Private Cloud at Scale

Have you started down the path to architecting and deploying a Microsoft Private Cloud using Microsoft Server with Hyper-V and Windows Azure Pack?

Have you selected which applications would be best suited for Private Cloud? Do you understand the implications of scale as your application grows?

Watch as industry experts discuss strategies for overcoming design, deployment, and monitoring challenges in a Microsoft Cloud Platform environment. They examine real-life situations in which Rackspace architected and deployed Microsoft Private Cloud at scale, across multiple geographies. You'll get first-hand what Red Hat has learned along the way, such as how to approach the integration of Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) functionality, designing resilient architectures and failover, as well as building for scale. At the end you will hear about the future of Microsoft Cloud Platform with the advent of Microsoft Azure Stack. Register to watch the webcast now.
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Now that you have a Microsoft private cloud, what the heck are you going to do with it?

Choosing and building a Microsoft Private Cloud is just the first step. Once you have the Microsoft Cloud Platform infrastructure up and running, you then have to figure out what you're going to monitor and manage all of the resources.

This whitepaper examines how businesses can leverage the benefits of a Microsoft Private Cloud, and take advantage of the following functions:
  • Enabling self-service.
  • Federating your Microsoft® Cloud Platform.
  • Taking advantage of software-defined networking.
  • Messaging services.
  • Database as a Service (DBaaS) and its advantages.
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The Challenges of Building and Operating a Microsoft Private Cloud

Business today requires a robust IT infrastructure and the connected mobile world needs 24/7 service with the agility to accommodate rapid changes in demand. A Microsoft Private Cloud enables businesses to balance the benefits of cloud computing with the benefits of a private data center. However, building and maintaining a Microsoft® Cloud Platform environment can be challenging.

Read this whitepaper to gain insight on:
  • How the Microsoft Private Cloud enables you to exceed the cost effectiveness of a standard virtualized infrastructure.
  • The challenges of managing a Microsoft Private Cloud.
  • The moving parts involved in establishing IT-as-a-service using Microsoft Private Cloud.
  • Features of the Microsoft® Cloud Platform powered by Rackspace©.
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The Cloud at Your Pace

The cloud has taken many twists and turns on its route to maturity. Along the way, many IT leaders have enjoyed real business advantages, including:
  • Lower costs
  • Reduced complexity
  • Faster roll-out of new apps and capacity
  • Streamlined processes
Yet some CIOs remain hesitant to get started. This white paper shows how you can now use the Microsoft technology stack to address your concerns, while minimizing your risks, and moving to the cloud at your own pace.
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Single Sign-on for Office 365, Microsoft Azure and On-Premises Environments

Businesses today are being challenged by the proliferation of handheld devices and new corporate policies for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Users want to be able to access their productivity applications from anywhere, from any device — a laptop, smartphone or tablet— and use only one username and password to access it all. This creates a challenge for IT. How do they give users what they want, while maintaining a secure environment?

To accomplish this, businesses need to have a robust, hybrid infrastructure that allows users to seamlessly access their applications whether they are deployed in their on-premises data center or in the cloud. This white paper focuses specifically on Microsoft’s approach, featuring Office 365 and Azure. It demonstrates how to configure and deploy Active Directory in a hybrid architecture. We’ll discuss why hybrid makes sense, common concerns, pitfalls to consider, and best practices for setting up your hybrid infrastructure leveraging Azure Active Directory Services with Office 365.
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Identifying the Right Solution for Your Business

The biggest challenges around cloud adoption aren't the technologies involved but rather involve finding the people that can effectively leverage those technologies to provide the best outcome for an organization. Learn how to implement a cheaper and faster cloud by understanding:
  • The challenges of a hybrid, managed and DIY cloud
  • How cloud providers are better at detecting attacks
  • DIY versus managed hosted clouds
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The Hybrid Cloud and Microsoft Azure

The cloud has become mainstream. Businesses are no longer asking “Should we move to the cloud?” but wondering “When should we move?” Furthermore, hybrid clouds are not new, and some of the foundational elements of hybrid cloud creation, operation and maintenance are rooted in decades-old traditional data center technologies.

This whitepaper will:
  • Examine the concepts of hybrid cloud environments.
  • Discuss the potential advantages of using hybrid cloud technologies.
  • Look at how the Microsoft Azure platform enables efficient and effective hybrid cloud computing.
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Effective Azure Migrations

Moving existing line-of-business (LOB) applications to the cloud can be a daunting task. In this white paper, find out how Rackspace makes moving to the Microsoft cloud easy by:
  • Assessing current system and applications with one of 250+ Microsoft Experts
  • Understanding how to utilize new cloud capabilities based on our over 15 years of Microsoft Cloud experience
  • Manage, monitor and secure migrated applications and workloads 24x7x365
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Creating Resilient Architectures on Microsoft Azure

In this world of always-on services, the systems that support them must be designed to be both highly available and resilient. Today, many IT leaders are looking for their applications and infrastructure to be covered by the following:
  • Defined SLA¹s for workloads and applications
  • Mapped failure points and impact of these on the business
  • Regularly measure application and Infrastructure health
Access this white paper to discover your resiliency, and learn how to create a resilient architecture on Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
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