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  • Blog Post: Available now: The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0

    Today we are releasing the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) 2.0, a supported, freely available solution for converting VMware-based virtual machines and virtual disks to Hyper-V-based virtual machines and virtual hard disks (VHDs). Did you know that Hyper-V has had four times the growth...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft VDI vs. VMware View: Freedom of Choice

    I’m Adam Carter, the technical product manager for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in Windows Server at Microsoft. VMware® recently published a datasheet about why you should choose VMware View™ over Remote Desktop Services (RDS). The article sets out to discount Remote Desktop sessions...
  • Blog Post: Independent Third Party Assessments of Hyper-V

    Last week I was reading a recently published, independent review of Windows Server 2012 in Windows IT Pro . The author, Sean Deuby, highlights his top ten features, of which four of the first five are virtualization and Hyper-V specific. He calls out features such as Hyper-V Shared Nothing Live Migration...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Reasons to Choose Hyper-V for your Virtualization and Private Cloud Infrastructure

    In my last post , I provided some facts related to Microsoft’s virtualization and private cloud offerings to help ensure that our customers and partners have accurate information as they’re exploring technology options and making investments in their infrastructure. Some of these facts are...
  • Blog Post: Go Beyond Virtualization with the "Switch to Hyper-V" Program

    I wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts from my co-worker, Brett, regarding the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference held last week and in particular about a new program we launched called the "Switch to Hyper-V" program. Check out what Brett has to say below and see the links to some of the...
  • Blog Post: The facts about the value of a Microsoft private cloud

    Cloud computing, both private and public, is fundamentally shifting the IT industry and a primary driver of that trend is economics. At Microsoft, we believe that as your private cloud grows, you should benefit from economies of scale. In short, we believe our customers should get the best value with...
  • Blog Post: Know vSpeak? Learn to be Bilingual

    Gordie Howe once famously said, “All hockey players are bilingual. They know English and profanity.” No doubt, there are times when most IT Pros feel similarly gifted (like when a production server goes down as you’re about to head home for dinner). That said, there is real (and growing...
  • Blog Post: Customer Spotlight: Marquette University reins in storage costs with Windows Server 2012, goes with Hyper-V over VMware

    I recently blogged about some of the positive sentiments and comments Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V has been receiving from the press and recently surveyed customers, as well as the sharp uptick in deployments. As customer adoption grows for Windows Server 2012, the new Hyper-V and our private cloud solution...
  • Blog Post: Survey data in NetworkWorld says: Watch out VMware, because Microsoft is coming.

    There seems to be no doubt about it. With the recent launch of Windows Server 2012 and the new capabilities in Hyper-V, momentum for Microsoft’s virtualization and private cloud platform (a key element of our Cloud OS strategy ) is accelerating. Two recent surveys by IT trade publications point...
  • Blog Post: Are you betting your datacenter on a wooden racquet?

    I’m an avid tennis fan, and with the Australian Open into its second week, it will come as no surprise (least of all to my wife) that tennis is top of mind for me right now. I recently read an article on the evolution of tennis racquets over the history of the game. It turns out that the availability...
  • Blog Post: Customers Find Value & Savings with Windows Server Hyper-V

    Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions Drive IT and Business Agility for Academic and Financial Services Organizations Three Microsoft customers have seen impressive gains in operational efficiency and business agility through private cloud solutions provided by using Windows Server and System Center....
  • Blog Post: Imitation, Flattery and the Real Cloud OS

    It has been said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If that is true, then we are certainly feeling flattered, but that feeling is vying neck and neck with a feeling of confusion. Earlier today, HP announced their foray into the “CloudOS” space with an OpenStack-based offer...
  • Blog Post: VMware (finally) admits that its costs are higher than Microsoft’s

    Recently we came across the updated VMware cost per application calculator and discovered what our customers and partners have been telling us all along – VMware vSphere 5.1 costs more than Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 combined. And we’re not just talking about license acquisition...
  • Blog Post: Are You vConfused?

    Naturally, I watched with interest yesterday’s VMware announcement about a new hybrid cloud service, but its left me stymied. I’m scratching my head: is their VMware-branded service something they run, or a partner play? Forrester analyst James Staten described it as “more a statement...
  • Blog Post: How Xbox can transform your datacenter

    On January 15th, Microsoft announced several new products and services that continue to drive momentum against our Cloud OS vision . In an accompanying blog post , Microsoft vice president Michael Park says that Microsoft is uniquely positioned to bring you into the cloud era because our products and...
  • Blog Post: Game Changing Virtualization and Private Cloud Offerings - Windows Server 2012 & System Center 2012

    The consensus about Windows Server 2012 is amazingly consistent everywhere I look. I’ve been hearing and experiencing a lot of customer and partner excitement for Windows Server 2012 beta (previously known as Windows Server “8” beta) and System Center 2012 as I’ve been on the...
  • Blog Post: Migrating to Microsoft's Windows Server 2012

    Hi, I’m Joel Sider, Senior Marketing Manager, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft. Following the Windows Server 2012 launch this past fall, we’re seeing great interest from many people who are evaluating the product and looking for best practices when implementing virtualization and private...
  • Blog Post: VMware Zigs, then Zags

    Today, VMware, as part of the larger “Pivotal” unveil, announced yet another zig in their already zig-zaggy set of strategy meets tactics meets marketing buzzwords. Today’s news of a vague “hybrid cloud” future is just another example of how IT vendors have been rearranging...
  • Blog Post: Q & A – Featured Guest Aidan Finn

    As a follow up to his first conversation with guest Rand Morimoto of Convergent Computing, Joel Sider, Senior Marketing Manager, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, continues his discussion of best practices when implementing virtualization and private/hybrid cloud solutions with MVP and long-time...