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  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft–Shopping for Private Clouds

    Keith Mayer delivers the most recent post in our VMware or Microsoft series . In Keith’s posting he discusses some interesting results of speaking to an active IT Pro who was evaluating the cost of running a private cloud on different cloud platforms. You might think that VMware, with the level acceptance...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft – VDI–A Look at Supportability and More!

    Tommy Patterson delivers the next post in our VMware OR Microsoft Series – Here is an excerpt…. VMware jumped in the VDI ring many years ago mainly through some acquisitions, and for the first few years struggled to gain momentum against Citrix.  After all Citrix owned this market for many years...
  • Blog Post: Last Chance to Register for the Bellevue and Portland Windows Azure IT Camps – Free Hands on Azure training!

    Here is a little snapshot of what we will be doing at the IT Camps in Bellevue and Portland (as well as other cities around the US).   Hands-on Lab: Build a SharePoint Dev/Test Farm in the Cloud using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services · Get Started with Windows Azure Infrastructure Services...
  • Blog Post: Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Oracle’s Mission-critical Software and Microsoft’s Enterprise-grade Cloud

    For years Microsoft and Oracle have helped customers address enterprise technology needs, and during those years I’ve had the opportunity to personally partner with, compete with, and admire Oracle as an industry leader. Certainly when you think of enterprise scalability and reliability Oracle comes...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure cloud services achieve critical federal security milestone!

    Recently announced by Susie Adams, chief technology officer for Microsoft Federal on the Official Microsoft Blog …. Starting Monday, it will be easier for government organizations to realize the benefits of secure cloud computing. Microsoft received notice that Windows Azure was granted the FedRAMP Joint...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?–Agentless Backup for Virtual Environments

    Today’s post comes to us courtesy of an old friend and coworker, who is still a friend but who now works for Veeam .  I’m talking about none-other than Chris Henley .  Thank you, Chris, for this excellent write-up on backing up virtual environments! --- One of the most important things to remember...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft–Replaceable? or Extensible? What kind of virtual switch do you want?

    There has been a fair amount of press in the last few years regarding the virtual networking capabilities on different hypervisor platforms. With the general availability release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 taking place in just over 5 weeks ( October 18th to be exact...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft? Let’s Talk Certifications!

      My co-worker, Matter Hester, is VCP Certified. Most of my peers that are a part of out VMware or Microsoft series are also VCP certified. In the next few weeks I will be taking my VCP Exam as well. Why? As a “Technology Evangelist” it is important that I know not only my own products, but the...
  • Blog Post: Get an Inside Look at Microsoft Datacenters and Hardware

    Have you ever wondered what a datacenter looks like?  Maybe you saw a datacenter 5 years ago. I can tell you first hand a lot has changed in datacenter construction and implementation in the last 5 years. There are a couple of great videos on YouTube that show off a few of the things that Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Why Windows Server 2012 R2: Reducing the Storage Cost for your VDI Deployments with VHD De-duplication for VDI

    My co-worker – Matt Hester brings us the next post in our Windows Server 2012 R2 Launch Blog Series .  Matt discusses how leveraging De-duplication technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2 can help dramatically reduce storage cost for VDI solution. Here is a portion of his article - -------------...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft: Offloading your Storage

    Storage is one the main key factors we look at when trying to improve our virtualization environments.  It is also probably one of the most costly, not only from a $$$ perspective but also a performance perspective.  I know a lot of you have made large investments in your storage solutions...
  • Blog Post: What’s New R2?: iSCSI Target Server updates – Part 1: Remote Storage on the Cheap!

    In today’s virtualized computing world where we are eeking out every bit of performance and optimization that we can to save money and increase efficiency, one of the areas that IT is focusing on is how to deploy servers as quickly as possible. Whether this be for a new project or to create a child domain...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft? What does Availability mean in YOUR Cloud?

    Keith Mayer brings us the next post in out VMware of Microsoft virtualization series. here is an excerpt - When evaluating public and hybrid cloud services, carefully inspecting a cloud-provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an important step in understanding the level of availability you can expect...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft? Evaluating Hyper-V Network Virtualization as an alternative to VMware NSX

    Network Virtualization, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) at-large, have been getting a lot of attention recently.  After reviewing the network traffic patterns in heavily virtualized datacenters, many IT Pros are beginning to realize that a substantial portion of datacenter network traffic...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-a-Glance

    Keith Mayer delivers today's post in our VMware or Microsoft series. Keith titled his post as “at-a-glance” but what he is really doing is a great, in depth comparison of features and technologies between vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012. Here is an excerpt from his blog - There’s been lots of buzz...
  • Blog Post: VMware or Microsoft?: Can I get an App with that?

    Matt Hester, one of our IT Evangelists out of the great state of Texas, has made the most recent post in our VMware or Microsoft blog series . Matt talks about the relationship between Microsoft and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). here is an excerpt -   In today’s post I am going to talk about...
  • Blog Post: What’s New, R2? – Introduction

    With the general availability release of Windows Server 2012 R2 only 3 weeks away now, I am starting up a series of blog posts to introduce you to some of the new features and technologies you will have access to.  Technically you have access to the new items now just by downloading the Windows...
  • Blog Post: What’s New, R2? – BitLocker: New updates and Why would I use it on a Server?

    You can play around with and test the features I will be discussing in this series by download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview here -     Have you ever lost a laptop or had a PC stolen?  I have.  About a year ago, I had a laptop stolen that contained about 50,000 files on it that...
  • Blog Post: FREE IT Camps around the US – Get hands on experience with Windows Azure (again….FREE!)

    Okay folks, I am going to toss a little reality your way. These are tough times. Wages are flat, the economy is still recovering and unemployment is still to high. Many people are tightening their belts and being much more conservative when determining what is necessary to live and what is optional or...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Events–US West Region Developer and Platform Evangelism Team

      As many of you know, I am one person on a worldwide team of Microsoft Evangelists. Our mission is to inform and educate Developers and IT Professionals about the great products, technologies, and tools Microsoft provides. We accomplish this goal through a variety of channels, most of which involve...
  • Blog Post: Register NOW for upcoming Virtualization IT Camps

    We are keeping the pedal to the metal with our IT Camps!! Industry experts estimate that over 70% of businesses now have more than one virtualization platform in their IT environment. IT pros who are fluent in several platforms have a considerable edge in their technical careers. Here's your chance to...
  • Blog Post: Get the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Bits

    Now is the time to gets some hands on experience working with Windows Server 2012 R2 !  There has been so much new stuff announced lately for Windows Server 2012, that I encourage IT Pros to work with the new features before Server 2012 is released for general availability. Some of the things in...
  • Blog Post: Performing an in place upgrade of Server 2008 R2 to Server 2012 R2

    I have been running Windows Server 2008 R2 as my primary production server platform since it’s release. With the impending release of Windows Server 2012, I thought it would be a good time to go ahead and update the home server network to the latest and greatest so I can take advantage of….the latest...
  • Blog Post: I love infographics!

    I really do!   I am a visual person and well done infographics help me wrap my head around the information. Below you will find an infographic on Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. It does a a great job of consolidating how we can leverage traditional, on-premise infrastructure alongside...
  • Blog Post: Back from a vacation….

    I am backlogged on a few posts from the VMware series, my Learning PowerShell series, and need to do some serious catch up on my Azure Migration posts.  I will get a few of them posted this week, but it will still take a while because there is so much activity coming up.  I have a team off...