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December, 2007

  • Remote Site IT Management (or “Who unplugged the server this time?”)

    “In character, in manner, in style, in all things, the supreme excellence is simplicity” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There is a lot to be said for simplicity, especially when it comes to IT management. Fewer, more centralized systems mean less complexity...
  • Defining and Engaging in "Community"

    "Community" is one of those great, big, giant words that can mean many different things. Its exact meaning in a context can shift depending on who you talk to, what they're into, and how they see the world. It's a word that holds so much promise because...
  • Optimize Your Virtualization Deployments

    Hi, I’m Larry Orecklin, general manager of System Center product management and virtualization marketing. I’m in San Francisco this morning at a virtualization conference hosted by Bernstein Research, who provides investment research to institutional investors. It’s been interesting for me to see the investment community awaken this summer to the impact of virtualization software. The investment community is quickly realizing that the customer benefits of virtualization are very real and that customers will turn to established vendors with proven solutions. To that point, I’m happy to tell the audience this morning that we’ve released a public beta of Hyper-V within Windows Server 2008. You can read about it at the Windows Server Division blog. And be sure you register for a webcast with Mike Neil on Dec. 18 at 12:30pm PST [3:30pm EST] where he’ll discuss technical information and answer your questions about Hyper-V beta. But my job isn’t only about talking to investors, but rather working with partners and customers to optimize their investments in infrastructure software. My role of systems management and virtualization reflects the symbiotic nature between the two. It reflects the importance of systems management to customers’ adoption and deployment of virtualization to consolidate servers, implement business continuity/disaster recovery, and to make IT systems more responsive to business needs. As customers move to embrace new hypervisor-based software, like Hyper-V, the need has grown exponentially for management tools that fully unlock the transformative nature of this technology. Whereas management tools might have been seen as an important asset, today management tools have become an absolute necessity as more layers of the computing stack become virtualized at large companies and mid-sized companies.
  • IT Forum and After: Upward and Onward

    I was in Barcelona at ITForum a few weeks ago and it was a huge event for System Center. We’ve now officially launched SC VMM, SC DPM and SCCM. Along with those launches there have been a bunch of announcements from our partners. We’ve also corralled...
  • TechNet Webcasts: Geek Out with System Center Experts

    Don't miss out on upcoming opportunites to participate in live TechNet webcasts as our experts delve into critical topics on how to maximize deployment of System Center. Live participation features interactive technical presentations and the ability to...