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November/December 2012 - Free Digital Magazine for Canadian Chief information officers

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A D V E R T I S I N G F E AT U R E customers," Nair said, adding that by reducing its reactively rather than strategically, Nair noted. management complexity Microsoft and cloud comIt's something he noted that Microsoft been puting are in a way democratizing the data centre. working hard to improve for its customers. MicroIt's the value proposition found in Microsoft's Winsoft has been investing heavily to ease customer dows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, which transition to the cloud: in its people and expertise, Nair said provides that coveted single pane of in customer and partner education, in its developer glass. Importantly, they provide sometimes-conserprograms and, notably, in product design. vative Canadian businesses with "We know everybody could product familiarity coupled with use a little of both public and Canada is not among those the cloud-readiness to gradually private cloud, and that's why we fast-growth economies. It's a migrate workloads. position ourselves as being the Steady Eddie economy with And by simply staying up to hybrid cloud provider. We want pockets of growth in parts of date with the latest software to give our customers the ability the country. versions, customers can prepare to manage both under one single Vinay Nair pane of glass." Senior Product Marketing Manager, for the cloud, and save costs Microsoft Canada on VPN, virtualized storage and other techs now found "in-thedemocratizing the data centre box" without having to invest in The value proposition presented additional third-party point solutions. by Nair resolves around using centralized manage"With the latest release of Windows Server we ment to get the most out of cloud environments. wanted to encourage our customers to take a look For many it represents a future Utopic data centre, at what they already have invested in, and see if but it's actually something that exists today. "What we're trying to provide is an ability to take they can squeeze more blood from the stone." all these cloud environments—whether with us on Windows Azure, or another host, or on premise— and manage them and have complete visibility regardless of where the cloud environments are sitting. "That's a very strong value proposition for our

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