Vol. 46, #8 - September 9, 2013 - Issue #946


Cloud, outsourcing, and the IT industry

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Cloud, outsourcing, and the IT industry
    • Tip of the Week
    • Recommended for Learning
    • Quote of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Events Calendar
    • MS Exchange CON 2013 Virtual Conference
    • Americas
    • Europe
    • Australia
  4. Webcast Calendar
    • Register for Webcasts
  5. Tech Briefing
    • Windows Server
    • SharePoint, Exchange and Office
    • Windows PowerShell
    • Hyper-V
    • VMware
    • System Center
    • Windows Azure
    • Other cloud computing
    • Security
    • Other stuff
    • Acknowledgements
  6. Windows Server News
    • If IT had a hammer: Choosing among IaaS, PaaS and SaaS
    • Tips for pitching a VDI project to upper management
    • Three scenarios when it's worth paying for third-party P2V tools
    • Microsoft's revised Resource Kit can ease Office 2013 deployment
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Fun Stuff.
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter is all about the cloud with a guest editorial by Ratish Nair, a Microsoft MVP for Exchange Server since 2010. Why about the cloud? Because in the reader survey we conducted last October, we discovered that cloud computing was the number one topic our readers were interested in hearing more about. You want it, you got it.

It's nice to get your wishes granted, right? Of course as this Dilbert comic shows, wishes can sometimes mean different things for different people:

And now on to our guest editorial by Ratish Nair...

Cloud, outsourcing, and the IT industry

There has been an increased adoption rate of Cloud by enterprises. Businesses are moving towards a service centric organization with Cloud by capitalizing on its unique capabilities like agility, on-demand scalability and cost. In a recent study conducted by leading research firm McKinsey & Company titled "Disruptive technologies: Advances that will transform life, business, and the global economy", cloud is touted to be an influential technology making an economic impact between $1.7 trillion to $6.2 trillion annually by 2025, out which 85% revenue will come directly from cloud service delivery and the rest from increased productivity resulting from Cloud. Read the report here:

The paradigm shift for IT operating model

The mantra today is "Do More With Less". While enterprises are enjoying the unprecedented benefits that Cloud offers, they are also realizing that IT is undergoing a paradigm shift demanding a new Cloud Operating IT Model.

Gone are the times when outsourcing used to be the "in-thing" and offshore deals meant less labor cost. Emerging markets capitalized on technical skills and boomed at a rapid rate. With cloud, it is highly likely that outsourcing may indeed become obsolete.

The traditional IT operating model has been to own and operate massive datacenters internally. The major functions of system development, administration and support were off-shored to increase revenue margins. With cloud, the model is more towards a service oriented set-up encompassing increased automation, compliance, business reengineering, workflows and management. The cloud transforms an organization's IT department from a "cost center to a profit center" by bringing on table a more scientific approach for IT spend. What also is highly evident is that organizations will undergo the inevitable shift towards a decentralized operating model where cloud will rule.

The primary objective of organizations to embrace Cloud is to reduce CAPEX and OPEX along with quicker time-to-market capability. An organization can typically achieve this in the initial phases through virtualization, on-demand scalability and finally by transferring the maintenance (support, upgrades, and licenses) of the cloud environment to a cloud service provider to reduce underutilization.

Gen Y

In McKinsey's study mentioned above, it is found that the present internet users will grow from 2.5 billion to 5 billion by 2025. This indicates the amount of digitization that is happening presently directly increasing the IT market for workload and optimization. It is a testimony to the digital enterprise that end users and customers look forward to add more value. IT Workforce are using more and more mobile devices, smartphones, work from home flexibility, Bring your own device (BYOD) desiring personalized and seamless user experience through sophisticated technology. Extending, integrating and modernizing infrastructure at the same time is a big ask for any organization. The next generation IT seems much more inclined on automation, sustainability and mobility.

Cloud will indeed pave the wave for rethinking our working styles. The next point of focus for an organization is to consider the requirement for more employees to work on the powerful technologies?

Cloud and the New IT Roles

Cloud is as complex as it can get, it's panoply of technologies with multiple cloud vendors and service providers. Few decades ago workforce in the developed countries feared the outsourcing phenomenon. With Cloud, organizations can now do the same geographically functioning anywhere. Cloud is empowering organizations to garner increased capabilities. It is also transforming the skills that will be required to be in the IT Workforce. The service providers with traditional skills will indeed be endangered species as organizations have realized cloud requires skills towards integration and management of infrastructure and application holistically. Not only are organizations undergoing a dramatic change but traditional roles too. Roles like system admin, network engineer no longer are enough to sustain in the cloud world. Dynamic roles like data scientists, cloud admin, cloud developers, cloud architect, cloud infrastructure managers are gaining momentum. To be able to seize opportunities employees will have to be multi-skilled. While enterprises are embarking on their cloud journeys, employees too will have to do towards skills across systems, networks and storage in addition to their traditional expertise. In short, cloud demands a blend of traditional IT skills with cloud based delivery model.

To Conclude

While the sophistication and proliferation of cloud services will indeed make enterprises rise to amazing heights, they will all together demand unique skill sets with a hybrid and holistic approach for employment opportunities in IT. Cloud fuels sustained growth beyond costs and agility fostering great opportunities for innovation. Leveraging cloud's full potential depends directly proportional to the workforce capabilities an organization has. Cloud's automation capabilities will result in less manual efforts resulting in more elastic resources with easier consumption. With easier consumption, the demand for cloud supported services will boom rapidly. Cloud jobs with specific skills will be more where only the fittest can survive.

About Ratish Nair

Ratish Nair is a Microsoft MVP for Exchange Server since 2010. He is an active blogger on Exchange server related articles and tutorials.

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Send us feedback

What are your thoughts on how the cloud is transforming IT industry? Let us know at [email protected]

Tip of the Week

GOT TIPS you'd like to share with other readers? Email us at [email protected]

Issue #941 Security Auditing had a tip from reader Quentin Gurney on how to clean up device manager after a P2V Migration. By mistake I left out a step from Quentin's explanation, but another reader named Antonio noticed the omission and sent us the missing step which we included in the Mailbag section of Issue #943 Rapid Release. And now another reader named Ben has contacted us with an alternative way of performing the missed step:

Thanks for all of the great newsletters. For people that are lazy or can't type (like me), Microsoft has a FixIt that shows the disconnected hidden devices. Just download the MSI on this page, throw it on a share, and double click it whenever you need it:

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Recommended for Learning

Here's another announcement from the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

September 13: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Jump Start

If you're familiar with database fundamentals and have worked with SQL Server, this free, live online Jump Start will help you take your skills to the next level, and can help prepare you for Microsoft Certification Exam 70-461. You'll learn about data manipulation and how to alter tables, and you'll see it all in action in the demos presented by the experts: Brian Alderman, CEO and Founder of MicroTechPoint, and Tobias Ternstrom, Microsoft Program Manager in the SQL Server division. Register here:

Quote of the Week

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up." - Paul Valery

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Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Free Tool: Idera Server Backup Free – fast, disk-based continuous data protection for Windows and Linux servers – back up and restore files in seconds.

Looking for a reliable Hyper-V backup tool with a small price tag? You found it. Download Hyper-V Backup – Free for 2VMs, very competitively priced paid versions. Download now.

Find out why a server is having performance problems with FactFinder Express. Use it to see whether the issue is a slow app, slow SQL requests, or a CPU/Memory/Disk bottleneck. 30 day free trial.

JDiskReport is a Java app that can perform a quick scan of your hard disk and tell you what is filling it up:

Ninite lets you install and update all your programs at once:


Events Calendar

MS Exchange CON 2013 Virtual Conference

Get your top MS Exchange questions answered!

All from the convenience of your office, on September 12, 2013!

Discover answers to questions like:

This unique, online conference is limited to 1,000 participants, so register now if you have not already done so:


Project Conference, 2014 on February 2-5 in Anaheim, California

Lync Conference 2014 on February 18-20, 2014 at The Aria in Las Vegas, Nevada

SharePoint Conference 2014 on March 3-6, 2014 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nevada

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2014) coming in July, 2014 in Washington, D.C.


European SharePoint Conference on May 5-8, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain


Microsoft TechEd New Zealand on September 10-13, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand

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Webcast Calendar

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Tech Briefing

This section is organized topically by platform/product and provides you with links to tips, tools, information and other resources that can help you in your job role whether you're an IT professional or an IT decision-maker.  

Windows Server

Storage Spaces & Scale-Out File Server Are Two Different Things (Aidan Finn, IT Pro)

How to update group membership without logoff/logon/restart taken into a greater detail (Ondrej Sevecek)

Active Directory Domain Naming Considerations (TechNet Wiki)


SharePoint, Exchange and Office

Now Available: Updated Release of MS13-061 Security Update for Exchange Server 2013 (The Exchange Team Blog)

Exchange Server 2013 Deployment Assistant Updated! (The Exchange Team Blog)


Windows PowerShell

Microsoft Enables PowerShell for Lync Online (Redmond Magazine)

PowerShell the SQL Server Way (SQL Server Pro)

Script to Configure PowerShell Remoting to Use SSL (SANS)



Hyper-V in my House - 2013 (Ben Armstrong)

GUI Hyper-v Manager for Server 2012 core console using Powershell (CodePlex)

VMware or Microsoft? Protect Private Clouds with Site-to-Site Failover using Hyper-V Replica and Windows Azure HRM (IT Pros ROCK! at Microsoft)



Managing Workstation and vSphere with the vmrun Command (VirtualizationAdmin.com)

New VMware Certification Program (SOS tech)

Introducing vSphere Flash Read Cache (Punching Clouds)


System Center

What’s New in the 2012 R2 releases from Microsoft? (In The Cloud Blog)

Introduction to Service Management Automation (SMA) (Building Clouds Blog)

VIDEO: Automate daily tasks in ConfigMgr 2012 (Automating the Universe)


Windows Azure

Step-by-Step: Remote Desktop Services on Windows Azure – A cost-effective alternative to Desktop as a Service (Part 1) (IT Pros ROCK! at Microsoft)

AzureTools – The Diagnostic Utility used by the Windows Azure Developer Support Team (Windows Azure - Troubleshooting & Debugging)

VIDEO: TechNet Radio: IT Time – Creating a Windows Azure Virtual Network with Site-to-Site Connectivity (Channel 9)


Other cloud computing

Securing Cloud Platforms to Host Critical Workloads (GovInfoSecurity)

Hybrid IT Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise IT - Overview (Cloud and Datacenter Solutions)



MBSA 2.3 Preview Release is Available for Download! (Microsoft Connect)

Cisco ASA 5500 Series SSL/IPsec VPN Edition - Voted WindowsNetworking.com Readers' Choice Award Winner - Firewalls & VPN Hardware (WindowsNetworking.com)


Other stuff

Building Virtual Environments Using HP’s Sizing Tool (Part 1) (VirtualizationAdmin.com)

High Efficiency Cooling in Data Centers PUE about 1,05 – 1,10 (Florian Klaffenbach & Norman Beherzig | ITPro)



We'd like to thank the following individuals for contributing items for this section from time to time:


Windows Server News

If IT had a hammer: Choosing among IaaS, PaaS and SaaS

The expectation that innovation will solve all your IT pain points has IT pros believing everything is going to the cloud – but how true is this assumption? Hear from our experts as they offer advice for evaluating which workloads and applications are suited for the cloud and how to choose a best-fit model.

Tips for pitching a VDI project to upper management

Often the most difficult part of any VDI project has little to do with the actual implementation, but rather getting approval and funding from upper management. Inside, discover expert tips for confidently convincing executives to support your VDI efforts.

Three scenarios when it's worth paying for third-party P2V tools

Physical to virtual migration can be a trivial task, but there are times when VMware Converter or Hyper-V VMM just won't cut it. Read on to review the major P2V migration use cases that make utilizing a third-party migration tool worth the investment.

Microsoft's revised Resource Kit can ease Office 2013 deployment

Compatibility issues and licensing concerns can cause frustrations when deploying Office 2013. So, even though the installation process isn't overly difficult, adequate planning is a must. Learn more about Microsoft's free online resources that can help you effectively and efficiently plan and execute your Office 2013 deployment.


WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff

GOT FUN VIDEOS or other fun links to suggest you'd like to recommend? Email us at [email protected]


The very best pickpocket in the entire world: Apollo Robbins - The Gentleman Thief.

A compilation of some incredible lucky or alert people - pedestrians, drivers, motorcyclists, golfers, skiers, pilots and animals.

An excellent tutorial from the 1930's on the principles and development of the 'differential gear'- an essential part of your car:

And here's one from a reader named Mark about a camera that sees like the human eye:


WServerNews - Product of the Week

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WServerNews - Editors

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of WServerNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows administration, deployment and virtualization. Mitch was lead author of the bestselling Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press and has published hundreds of articles for IT pros. Mitch is also a seven-time recipient of Microsoft's Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding contributions in support of the global IT pro community. Mitch owns and runs an information technology content development business based in Winnipeg, Canada. For more information see www.mtit.com

Ingrid Tullochis Associate Editor of WServerNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. Ingrid is also Head of Research for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program.