Hi Folks - here's a re-post of Ed Anderson's piece which went out on the virtualization blog today.  I thought it was a good read for System Center blog as well.  Enjoy.

In speaking with folks interested in deploying virtualization, I tend to hear two things most:

1. they realize the benefits of adopting virtualization (especially the cost savings!), and the bridge virtualization can give them to private clouds in the future . . .
2. . . . but there are roadblocks preventing them from realizing those benefits. 

The roadblocks mentioned vary, but a few themes do stick out.  We hear your concerns that with some vendors, scaling-up virtualization instances scales up your cost, and that’s a hard pill to swallow when you’re looking to get more out of every IT dollar.  We also hear your concerns that large-scale virtualization could lead to VM sprawl and cumbersome manual IT process overhead.

We are committed to helping you with these and other concerns.  Today, Microsoft and Dell are announcing a strategic partnership that will deliver joint management and virtualization solutions to help you get more out of your investment by integrating Dell’s hardware, storage and virtualization management technologies with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center technologies.  Customers will benefit from this “better together approach” with solutions that span physical and virtual infrastructure as well as application and workload layers.

These jointly engineered solutions will make virtualization more cost effective and accessible, integrate management across the stack, and set you on the path to private cloud – but you don’t have to wait to get started.  Dell’s Business Ready Configuration, based on Microsoft’s Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track  reference architecture, is available today and can help you start realizing the benefits of virtualization and begin your journey to private cloud.

You can find out more about today’s solutions, our new partnership and our plans for the future by visiting http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/dell.

Ed Anderson