TechEd 2013: Day 1 Keynote Session

Today is officially the first day of Microsoft TechEd 2013, and to kick off the day is the keynote session. Brand Anderson, from Microsoft started us off. Themes:

  • Users and devices want great apps
  • Major updates to nearly all Microsoft datacenter products

What’s new in Windows

  • Ian McDonald, from Windows Core Group
  • Windows Azure is running nearly all Windows Server 2012
  • Windows 8.1 will be released this year – free upgrade for Windows 8. Preview bits available June 26th.
  • Start screen control on Win8.1: Export start screen config to XML file via PowerShell, then use GPO to deploy XML file to computers.
  • Windows 8.1 industry edition (from the embedded line) will provide the ability to restrict start screen and MS app store access to only certain apps.
  • Windows 8.1 will have built-in “mirror cast”. Uses ScreenBeam for conference room/presentations for PowerPoint.
  • Passive NFC tag on wifi printer, and Windows tablet will read the NFC tag and automatically pair.
  • Windows 8.1 will simplify WiFi connectivity and tethering.
  • Windows apps will now support micro VPN. An app can create its own VPN and can use virtual smart card.
  • Windows 8 is the first MS OS to fully deliver on the trustworthy computing effort started 10 years ago.
  • Security is a huge focus on Windows 8.1
  • 2560 x 1440 Toshiba ultrabook with Windows 8 demod

Empower People-Centric IT

  • 1.2 billion smart devices sold around the world in the last 12 months
  • BYOD is a “right” to many employees
  • Empower your end users, unify your environment, help protect your data
  • Cloud optimized Windows Azure Active Directory
  • 265 billions authentications against Azure AD so far. 9K requests a second.
  • 420,000 unique domains in Azure AD
  • With Windows InTune if devices are on the internet, you can fully manage them via the cloud
  • 35,000 unqiue tenants using Azure InTune

Announcements – Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows InTune updates
  • Microsoft is now releasing “cloud first” products and a rapid candence in new products
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: Workplace join their devices to active directory. Device is also authenticated, so IT is aware of the devices and can deny access (to services such as SharePoint).
  • Leverages Windows Azure authentication for “workplace join”
  • Dual factor authentication – Supports phone factor (calls the user to sign in via their phone)
  • Able to turn on IT management of a BYOD devices. Device is registered with Azure AD and InTune services.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 “Work folders” to enable users to access their files across all devices.
  • “Leave your work place” and turn off management to remove your BYOD from the corp network. De-installs corp apps and removes data. Selective wipe.

Modern Applications

  • Time to Market, Revolutionary technology, organizational readiness
  • Azure and Visual store core concepts: Rapid lifecycle, multi-device, any data, any size, secure and available
  • Azure is now expanding with a datacenter¬†in mainland China
  • EasyJet is now changing to allocated seating, vice open seating. Major IT changes and leveraged Azure instead of their reservation system. Browser blends Azure services and their own site.
  • Web page makes AJAX request to Azure and one panel on their page shows aircraft seating, rules, etc. Azure sends events to their on-site web page regarding seat selection.
  • EasyJet fills 10 planes a minute in their January server and they easily scale up the Azure services to handle the load.
  • Scott Guthrie – Azure VP. Announcing Azure dev/test features.
  • No charge for stopped VMs! Per-minute billing instead of per-hour billing. Pro-rated billing.
  • MSDN subscribers get discounted Azure rates for dev/test. Up to 97% discount on standard rates.
  • MSDN subscription with upto $150 of monthly credits. Pro $50, Premium $100, ultimate $150
  • Azure management portal updated to show hours/credits for MSDN and how much is left, with burndown chart.
  • Goto and activate your MSDN offer
  • Visual Studio is now using a continous update model. Visual Studio 2013 and team foundation server 2013 will come out this year. Preview version on June 26th at Build conference.
  • Announced¬†“cloud load testing” lets you load test your app from the cloud
  • “Heads up display” in Visual Studio 2013
  • InRelease acquired by Microsoft to help you scale release processes
  • In 5 years we will have 10x the data we have now
  • 85% of generated data is created by new devices (sensors, RFID, etc.)

SQL Server 2014 Announced

  • Big Data – GPS telemetry from consumers
  • Real-time data analysis; in memory processing
  • Find, combine, manage, analyze, refine, take action and operationalize at scale
  • From Data to insight. Must be easy, powerful, complete
  • Excel “data explorer” feature. Powerful data analysis with Azure hooks
  • Hybrid backup to Azure
  • Transaction processing in-memory
  • Building transaction data processing right into the database engine and in-meory, not a separate product
  • Near realtime data processing capability using in-memory
  • Excel project Geoflow – In preview. Maps excel data right onto a map in real time

Transform the Datacenter

  • Cloud options on demand, reduced cost and complexity, rapid response to the business
  • Datacenter without boundaries, cloud innovation everywhere, dynamic application delivery
  • Windows Azure runs entirely on Hyper-V
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 announced
  • R2 releases focus on Azure lesson learned and bake it into the product
  • Designed for the cloud, but delivering to the customer
  • Consistency across clouds (on-premises, Windows Azure, service provider)
  • Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2
  • High density web servers (5K web sites on a single server)
  • Self-service Azure portal brought to your datacenter
  • Azure density and scale delivered internally with System Center and WS2012 R2
  • VM provisioning workflows (standardize and automate provisioning)
  • Able to scope provisionion options per-user
  • Hyper-V Live migrate across different versions of Windows server
  • “Cloud innovation everywhere” demo by Jeff Woosley
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – Dramatic performance and scale improvements. Automated block-level data tiering.
  • 16x performance improvement¬†in IOPS and data tiering
  • Windows Server 2012 R2: Deduped running Hyper-V VMs and provide BETTER performance
  • VMs booting on de-duped storage boot more than 2x faster than non-deduped
  • Live Migration with no-shared storage performance improvements in WS2012 R2 – Live Migration compression for much faster migrations
  • RDMA support for live migration and SMB direct – super fast Live Migrations
  • Hyper-V recovery manager – Multi-site recovery and runs on Azure
  • Supports planned and unplanned DR site orchestration (runbook in the cloud)
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