Today on the Office Blog, Julia White wrote that SharePoint 2016 on-premise is scheduled for a summer 2015 reveal date. For Microsoft observers and partners, this is an important affirmation, but hardly surprising news.
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As CloudShare’s Business Development Manager, Alex is the (super) everyman for CloudShare’s partners and customers. He moves between development, sales and operations to ensure that everything up in the cloud makes it down to earth. Alex earned a law degree from the UCLA School of Law and has experience building out early stage businesses in tech, specialty finance, and sports. A former professional baseball player, he spends some weekends playing catcher for the San Francisco Pelicans, one of two San Francisco franchises in the Bay Area's 1880's style baseball league.
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- What are my options for testing environments…?
- Or demo environments…?
- And do you have a ______ template?
- Or a preconfigured ______ machines?
- Can I work in secure offline setting with a CloudShare environment?
- Can I connect to an on-premise network and it’s directories?
- We want to move to nightly builds, how can you help?
- How can my work be moved to a production environment?
For mature IT set-ups, virtualization is a must, if just for app consolidation and management.
But testing, changing and sharing a virtualized environment is rarely done, since it’s considered dreadfully complex: see this expert’s 68 page guide for a “nearly automated” test lab build process. It doesn’t have to be this way. CloudShare lets you test, version and save or destroy copies of your entire system. An on-demand ESXi environment is one great example.
It was big, bad news for many when Azure went down for 11 hours in November. And it was good news for the IT industry, and cloud consumers, when they published a teardown of the incident.
Azure is changing the discussion this week, from availability to features: Security, the “G” Series VMs, and initial support for Docker. It’s the right PR move, and it’s honest.
Happy New Year! And happy week of realizing resolutions, pitching new ideas, restarting projects, and revisiting old opportunities. Let’s hope everything goes to plan!
“The end result is a … new system that, if actually deployed, will leave our country more vulnerable than the existing yet flawed system in operation today”
Dept. Homeland Security, August 2008
Project name: Railhead
Cloud service providers are notoriously cautious when discussing outages, service levels, and SLAs. While many trumpet “strength” the perceived risk remains. And it is only reinforced by the massive scale and duration of recent service outages.
CloudShare has a status page – check it out here – and we think this is a very good start. It’s a simple pane to view the metrics we find critical to service uptime. We believe in simplicity and transparency, and it is our goal to communicate what we can, when we can.
CloudShare templates are one of the easiest way to start a project – grab a pre-configured machine or an entire multi-machine environment, and skip straight to the customization. The CloudShare template team builds and updates these constantly, and we are glad to work with the community to accept and promote helpful templates.
This week, we are glad to share both. Asif Rehmani, Microsoft MVP and SharePoint expert, added an “In-Context Sharepoint Training Environment”. The indefatigable Juan Carlos added two Visual Studio 2013 and 2015 templates, and our team added some updates of their own. Check it out!
Now that the cloud promises software-as-a-service, servicing everywhere, many trainers and consulting shops are challenged to deliver reliable, high quality instruction to anywhere in the world. They need to get the infrastructure and software configured right, getting it out to everyone in the class, and keep everyone on the same page, even when that page freezes, malfunctions or confounds the students.
CloudShare’s new classroom management updates are here to help! Read up below!
Today we made a simple change – public availability of environment templates. This means you can search and access all of our environment templates directly from the Showcase. If you already have a Team or Enterprise subscription, you already have access to the full list.
But if you are new to CloudShare, you might wonder:
Of course we do, and now you can search for them here. And if there is something you need that we do not yet have, let us know! Read below about environment templates, and how you can get involved.
Building test environments should be easy — not just simple if it’s a simple configuration, or simple for experienced IT. When on-premise infrastructure, legacy code, and new projects are involved, building and testing becomes complicated. Thankfully, CloudShare and its users have been solving these problems for a long time.
Each week, CloudShare’s solutions team and inquisitive users discuss their solutions in a weekly webinar. Together, we cover topics like synching on-premise networks and the cloud, simple methods for (moving closer to) continuous integration, and more.
Some Common Questions:
Read below to learn about this week’s topic: “hybrid clouds”.