Microsoft's beta announcements signal cloud computing blitz

The keynote speeches from Microsoft's head honchos at the Worldwide Partner Conference emphasized Redmond's cloud computing push.

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Microsoft announces cloud-oriented betas
The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C. was 100% cloud computing today, as keynotes from Steve Ballmer, Bob Muglia and others outlined a raft of new software services and cloud-enablers from Redmond.

Microsoft's Dynamic Data Center Toolkit, an add-on pack for managing Windows Servers and Hyper-V, became the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self Service Portal 2.0, for those who want to try and make a Windows-flavored, Amazon-style compute cloud. Server 2008 R2 SP1 is also now in beta, for any brave admins who like being guinea pigs.

Desktop management as an online service hit beta as well, as Windows Intune added a reported 10,000 users. Windows 7 SP1…you guessed it, hit beta too, with brush-ups on desktop virtualization that mirrored the Server 2008 SP1 beta.

Microsoft also announced it is tackling sales tools with Dynamics CRM. And, of course, you can now get Azure in a box! If you run an extremely large enterprise, that is.

CSA gets a security solutions provider
Solutionary, a security firm targeting mid- and large-sized enterprises with software services and consulting, has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). The company has ten locations around the world and offers "proprietary certifications" to clients. Pamela Fusco, Solutionary's VP of industry solutions, is a founding member of the CSA.

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