Microsoft Assessment and Planning #MAP 6.0 Beta released

The latest beta release from the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) team provides organizations with tools to accelerate the adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms.

MAP 6.0 Beta: Accelerate the adoption of Microsoft private and public cloud platforms

Planning your journey to the cloud just got a bit easier. The next release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit—version 6.0 Beta—includes assessment capabilities to evaluate workloads for both public and private cloud platforms. With MAP 6.0 Beta, you now have the ability to identify workloads and estimate the infrastructure size and resources needed for both Windows Azure and Hyper-V Fast Track. Also new to MAP 6.0 Beta is the Office 365 client assessment, enhanced VMware inventory, and Oracle schema discovery and reporting. Expanded assessment and discovery capabilities from MAP help you streamline planning for your next migration project. Plan what’s next with MAP.

New features and benefits from MAP 6.0 Beta release help you:

·        Analyze your portfolio of applications for a move to the Windows Azure Platform

·        Accelerate planning to private cloud with Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track onboarding

·        Identify migration opportunities with enhanced heterogeneous server environment inventory

·        Assess your client environment for Office 365 readiness

·        Determine readiness for migration to Windows Internet Explorer 9

·        Discover Oracle database schemas for migration to SQL Server

The beta materials can be downloaded on Connect: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219165

This program is now open. The beta review period will run through mid-July, 2011.
To join the beta review program for Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 6.0, visit Microsoft Connect:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=219168

Migrate from #Sybase, #Oracle, #MySQL and #Access to #SQL #Azure and SQL Server with ease!

Microsoft announced the release of SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) v5.0, a family of products to further simplify the user experience in automating the migration of Oracle, Sybase, MySQL and Microsoft Access databases to SQL server or SQL Azure.

What’s New in this Release?

With this wave of release, customers can now migrate to any edition of SQL Server including the free Express edition.

Migrating From:

Migrating To:

SQL Server all editions
(2008 R2, 2008, 2005, “Denali”)

SQL Azure

Sybase SSMA for Sybase


(New in SSMA 5.0)

Oracle SSMA for Oracle

MySQL SSMA for MySQL

Access SSMA for Access

  • Support for migrating to SQL Server “Denali”
  • Multi-thread data migration for improved scale and performance.
  • Globalization support for migrating non-English databases to SQL Server.
  • Support for installation for SSMA Extension Pack on clustered SQL Server environments.
  • Sybase migration enhancements:
    • Support for migration to SQL Azure
    • Extended data access connectivity to Sybase ASE ADO.NET and ASE ODBC providers
    • Support for conversion of case sensitive Sybase database to case sensitive SQL Server
    • Extended support for conversion of Non-ANSI joins for DELETE and UPDATE statements
    • Removed dependency on separate SYSDB database on target SQL Server
  • Report use of Oracle’s User Defined Type in the database object and inside PL/SQL

Read the whole story here

Opportunity Knocks at the Career Conference: The Cloud: SQL Azure, Windows Azure

The Cloud is here and the Cloud is expanding! Will the Cloud change your job, your business?If Cloud Computing is a growing industry, how do you ensure your share of thepie? Join Lynn Langit at the Microsoft Certified Career Conference and learn more about Microsoft’simplementation of Cloud Computing.  The focus areas will be understandingthe Microsoft offering of Windows Azure, SQL Azure and how to getinvolved.   Lynn will be demoing using familiar tools and processesto get your application working in Microsoft’s cloud.  Lynn has particularexpertise in SQL Azure, having worked directly with the Microsoft product groupsince the earliest betas of Microsoft’s full-RDMS in the cloud.

source: http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/events/mccc/b/weblog/archive/2010/11/05/opportunity-knocks-at-the-career-conference-the-cloud-sql-azure-windows-azure.aspx