Tech.Ed 2010 in Sri Lanka

Hi everyone, we’re so proud to present Tech.Ed in Sri Lanka. Microsoft Sri Lanka has taken great initiate step organizing this event. We believe year 2010 going to be the ICT year and there will be so much improvement in our ICT sector in Sri Lanka. Same time we expect a boom in the Enterprise sector the usage of IT to increase their productivity and reduce the cost.

Tech.Ed will be starting on Feb 09th. Currently registration is open to everyone. This is one of the updated news I received via FB.

“Tech.Ed Sri Lanka 2010 standard price: SLR 12000/=
Register for Tech.Ed Sri Lanka now and save 10% on the standard price. Don’t delay… This Offer Expires 25th of January 2010.
http://www.teched.lk/register.aspx

So go ahead and grab your seat guys. As I mention this will be a great opportunity to experience a whole new level of Microsoft Technology and get in touch with industry experts and raise your questions.

Sharing knowledge with University students

I’ve been very happy when I have been invited to do a session about Microsoft products for students at a University. This is one memorable occasion which I got the chance to work closely with few Sri Lankan MVP’s as well. This University is located in Kandy, too bad we forgot get some pictures of the surroundings.

So what is interesting is the eager students had to learn about the new technologies and especially about the Microsoft side. They have been well armed with Open source technology but had certain knowledge about the Microsoft products and how those products can be used effectively. In this event we had the chance to demonstrate several products and how to use them effectively on their lifestyle.

I also got to know University students has been selected to receive several Microsoft products free!! (Can’t name the products now until the announcement comes from the Microsoft itself 🙂 ) But that indication has been given to the students at that time. Look forward for more events like this and to share the knowledge.

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Mobile Data Centers

Software as a Service (SAAS), Windows Azure, Amazon cloud..all these are indication of we’re moving to a dynamic IT infrastructure. Data will be stored for easy accessible places. Keeping them online data centers is one option. Microsoft and few other vendors strongly believe in this concept including me as well 🙂 Hence Cloud computing concept have a good old story as well. More information can be found over here

Mobile data centers subject hits my mind when we attend to do a workshop for some students. They raise the questions and one of my friend (Who is working in Microsoft) explain the Microsoft preparation for it. He went further explaining about the mobile data centers Microsoft has setup and using around the world. Since as a hardcore techie I’m so interested to search about it an found some cool stuff about it. Here are some of the information I found out. So finally I found out they also using water cooling technology to keep the desired temperature.

More about data centers

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Microsoft DPM 2010 Beta is out!

Microsoft has announced they have released the beta version of the Data Protection Manager 2010 to the partners.

They released the DPM 2007 SP1 on This January and soon after that on the track with preparing to protect the Microsoft oncoming software on 2010. Some of the key features are,

· Seamless protection of Live Migrating VMs (For Windows Server 2008 R2) – This means even after moving the guest OS to different machine as long as it is in the CSV DPM will be able to backup them.

· Optimized backup methods for Laptop users – backup can be secluded to run even the laptop is online of offline on the cooperate network. This is a feature Symantec Backup Exec has been offering on Backup Exec 12. (but customer has t pay a good price tag for that for each agent)

Apart from that Exchange 2010, SharePoint 2010 will be supported. Microsoft expect to release this product on mid 2010. More information can be found over here.
Webcast can be found over here.

Moving to Microsoft Exchange from IBM Lotus Domino

Hi everyone just wanted to share these information with you all since most of our customers are interested on the benefits on moving to Microsoft Exchange from Domino mail environment. Even though this will be a cost factor initially long term the less ROI really going to help them to streamline the business productivity. We found most of our customers are having hard time maintaining Domino environment as well as support wise. Never the less my point is to provide some insight of the changing wave from Domino to Exchange. It is happening is not only Asian countries but as well as globally. Below you’ll find a good article about the decision taken by major companies to move to new platform,

"In our last fiscal year (July 2008-June 2009), more than 4.7 million people began the switch to Exchange and SharePoint from Notes", Exchange marketing director Julia White posts on the Unified Communications blog.

Cost savings is the number one driver for migrations, according to the post. Another key driver for migrations is the launch of Exchange Online and SharePoint Online. If you’re considering the move to cloud-based services, Microsoft services offer plenty of choice for customers of all sizes. Julia notes that large Notes shops – including Coca-Cola Enterprises, GlaxoSmithKline, and Ingersoll Rand – are making the move from Notes to Exchange Online. Read more in Millions Switch To Exchange And SharePoint From Notes on the Unified Communications blog.  (taken from http://msexchangeteam.com/)

http://blogs.technet.com/uc/archive/2009/07/23/notes.aspx

Microsoft has introduced the latest toolkit called freebusy connector to migrate Domino environment to Exchange. Recent toolkit even has the capability to migrate the Domino workflows to SharePoint as well. More information about the toolkit can be found here.

If anyone is interested on this you can PM me offline. I can provide more information since our company already carry out testing on this and found out the connector is working properly. What we are up to now is testing this on Exchange 2010 environment 🙂