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There’s yet another cloud conference coming our way this April – but this one is special.

So far most of the cloud tradeshows have either been heavily developer- and investor-/analyst-oriented, or simply cloud tracks and sessions on vendor events. The Experts Conference (TEC) is different with its heavy focus on IT professionals.

Full disclosure: I have been involved helping the conference organizers set up the cloud track – and I am pretty proud of the line-up of speakers and sessions we managed to come up with.

TEC is actually a very established technology conference. They started 10 years ago as a very technical (level 400+) and practical Directory conference by the experts for the experts. I believe that with all the marketing hype about the cloud which we are getting these days, its about right time for the event to expand to the cloud. After all, IT professionals who want to be on the cutting edge today actually need to know how to set up federation, deploy Office 365, Google Apps, Amazon or, what is the state of private cloud technology, what SAMLOAuth and OpenID are and how to use them, and much more.

And to give you that information we got folks from product teams, system integrators, and just practitioners with vast experience in all these technologies!

You can find the full agenda of the Cloud and Virtualization Track here. Below are just some of the highlights:

Joey Snow will be talking about Windows Azure (Microsoft’s platform as a service) from IT pro perspective – this will be quite unique considering that Microsoft’s official Azure message is very much developer-oriented!

There will be multiple sessions about Exchange Online, SharePoint Online and other components of the BPOS/Office 365 suite from Microsoft: ranging from real-world experience on when these work and when on-premise options are still superior, how to handle the migration, how to integrate your on-premise directory with the cloud system, what is their state of security and even how they stack up against Google Apps. These are getting delivered by superstars including: Jerry Camel, Mike KostersitzJarrod RoarkDave ChennaultEinar MykletunBill Baer, Dmitri Gavrilov and David Smith.

There will be great discussions on the major authentication and authorization protocols including OpenID and OAuth, ADFS, REST, SAML from industry experts Brian PuhlEve MalerPat PattersonLaura E. HunterFemi AladesuluNikita RyuminCarol WapshereDave JonesMark Wahl.

Finally, we have great representation from industry experts and team members from Microsoft teams (Office 365, Windows Intune, ADFS),, Rackspace, RiverbedSteve RileyPat PattersonJohn EngatesJoseph Dadzie.

So expect a lot of highly practical content and social interaction with the folks who are using cloud in real life today!

The conference is April 17-20, 2011 in Las Vegas. Learn more and sign-up for the event here.


The Experts Conference 2011: Advanced Training on Cloud Technologies for Enterprise IT ArchitectsWhat do enterprise IT architects need to know about the Cloud? What is the difference between SAML and OAuth? Can you really host an AD domain controller in the cloud? How do you enable single sign-on (SSO) between Active Directory and Microsoft’s Office 365 or Google Apps? What is the state of art for security and compliance in the cloud?

These are just some of the questions which are probably going to be discussed at The Experts Conference 2011 in Las Vegas, April 17-20 2011.

If these questions are relevant to you – register today and get the early bird discounts.

If you are an industry expert willing to present at the event on one of the topics I listed above or a related cloud topic – you still have a few days to submit a session proposal here. You can also contact me for more information or assistance in submitting your session proposal.

Here’s a 3 minute video which Windows Azure team shot when they caught me in the hallway after one of the days at the Microsoft PDC conference last November.

It is short but hopefully provides look into why we are using Azure and building our Quest OnDemand Systems-Management-as-a-Service offering.

Ben Riga posted a video recording with a fairly detailed discussion we had at Microsoft PDC about Quest OnDemand (Quest’s Systems Management as a Service offering):

In that discussion we have covered quite a few topic which I hope you will find interesting:

  • What is Systems Management as a Service and how it is different from all other *aaS offerings,
  • How SaaS can increase market penetration,
  • Quest strategy in SaaS vs. on premises products,
  • Why and how we picked Windows Azure as our platform,
  • Which code from existing on-premises products could be re-used and which had to be developed from scratch,
  • Some details on the product architecture including security and multi-tenancy.

One thing I could not help noticing is how the UI of the service itself changed between this shooting in November and the way it looks today. I guess this is a testimony of how SaaS model lets vendors innovate fast.

Check out the video here.

Last week at Microsoft PDC we launched our Systems Management as a Platform offering with a few of the services going into private beta.

Now you can actually see a quick demo of one of these services and read some of the media coverage.

You can see the product demo if you watch the recording of Kim Cameron’s identity keynote session (the Quest OnDemand demo starts approximately at the 35:00 mark). If you don’t have Silverlight, here are the recording files in downloadable format:

In addition to watching the demo, you might want to read what media had to say about this service:

Network WorldMicrosoft adds identity to cloud

InformationWeek – Quest Launches Cloud Services Based On Microsoft Azure

Lawrence Wilson/SaaS, Cloud Computing and Virtualization Review: Quest Software Offers Software as a Service (SaaS) Windows Management Solutions

Kelly Higgins Jackson/DarkReading: Product Watch: Microsoft Unveils Windows Identity Foundation

Forefront Team Blog: Available now: Windows Identity Foundation for building more secure, simplified access to cloud applications

Read, watch, and sign-up for the beta.

Systems Management as a Service (is there an acronym for this yet?) is finally becoming a reality. Today at Microsoft Professional Developer Conference we have announced beta launch of Quest OnDemand our online IT management services.

This is one of the projects which have been consuming most of my time for the last year so I am extremely excited that we reached this roadmap.

We demoed one of the services – our Active Directory backup and recovery (Quest Recovery Manager OnDemand for Active Directory) – on stage at PDC (will hopefully be able to post a link to the recording in a couple of days) today – and there are 2 more down the line: InTrust OnDemand (event log management) and Site Administrator Reports OnDemand for SharePoint (SharePoint reporting).

We will not be able to let everyone sign up immediately. Instead, if you want to participate, you need to go to the Quest OnDemand web page and fill out the beta nomination survey. After that you will be contacted by our product management and granted access to the beta.

This is a huge step for Quest as a Systems Management company, and in my opinion, a big step forward in cloud computing and SaaS adoption. We hope these services will help a lot of administrators out there manage their IT environments more efficiently and really looking forward to the feedback we get from the beta.

More news to come. Congratulations to the whole team involved in developing and launching this service!

Here’s when and where you can find me in Berlin this week:

Microsoft Online Services booth (Unified Communications area) in the TLC area (3.2)

I’ll be there tomorrow (Tuesday) during the evening reception – 6:15-8:00 pm. Obviously, I will be happy to answer any questions on Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, LiveMeeting, OCS Online and sign

And then, both Tuesday and Wednesday:

For developers:

BOF10: Developing on Azure: Stories from the Trenches
Tuesday, November 10, 2009, 12:20-13:00 (lunch break)
Interactive theater 5, Yellow – Hall 3.2

Have you given Windows Azure a try? Whether it was just kicking the tires or you are deep in the enterprise application development, let’s get together and share the lessons we learned on the way.

For IT Professionals:

BOF13: Going to the Cloud: Are we crazy?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009, 12:20-13:00 (lunch break)
Interactive theater 6, Pink – Hall 3.2

Are cloud services about efficiency or negligence? About being able to outsource commodity services and concentrate on core competence or loosing control and risking getting out of compliance? Which IT services can be safely moved to the cloud and which should stay in house? Let’s get together and discuss the present and the future of Software + Services use in our companies, share success stories, lessons learned, discuss concerns and best practices.

And you can obviously contact me by email or twitter. So if you are at TechEd Europe 2009 – I am looking forward to seeing you this week!

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