Virtualization Planet

  • News: Pricing Comparisons, Red Hat, and More

    Hello everyone! It’s been a little bit of time since I last posted but I promise to post more regularly, as soon as I get back from my vacation in Hawaii :). This week, I wanted to cover some new news and some items I tweeted about but didn’t blog...
  • FPWEB.net Case Study

    I’m back with another great case study . This time, it’s Fpweb.net, a Sharepoint hosting provider. Fpweb.net switched from VMware ESX to Microsoft Virtualization, resulting in so many benefits by using Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and Virtual Machine...
  • Cutting through the FUD: Facts you should know about Hyper-V and System Center

    For those who follow this blog, you have noticed that the blog is much more about Microsoft Virtualization and why you should use it and less about what is negative with the competition. While I do write and make comparisons with VMware, my goal is to...
  • Microsoft Site Recovery Solution Launch

    Hi, I’m Jim Schwartz, Director of Virtualization Solutions at Microsoft and I’m writing as a guest on Edwin’s blog today. Despite tough times, an Enterprise Strategy Group study shows that 31% of businesses surveyed said DR will be their main driver...
  • Microsoft Takes Virtualization Game To Next Level

    With our Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) going on this week, there have been some big announcements on Microsoft Virtualization. I’ll probably post some highlights at weeks end but here is a Channel Web article on how some non-Microsoft people see...
  • Virtualization: Challenging VMware's dominance

    Here is an article from Washington Technology that talks about the challenges that VMware faces from competition, not just Microsoft. One interesting line from the article comes from Dave McCrory of Hyper9 that said “"People are looking to have mixed...
  • How can VMware compete in the desktop space?

    Recently, Brian Madden made a blog posting about the whole Desktop Virtualization space and the main competitors. While the headline is eye catching, the posting is very well written and even the comments posted are a good read. Definitely food for thought...
  • Microsoft gets it edge back

    In July, we held our Worldwide Partner Conference and our COO, Kevin Turner, gave a great speech. This post from ZDNET is really interesting, addressing more than just virtualization but also where Microsoft in several areas.
  • Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V earns Common Criteria Certification

    There’s been a lot of great news out lately on Hyper-V but I want to highly an important security related item. Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V has just received Common Criteria Certification at EAL 4+ assurance. This certification is vital for many virtualization...
  • VMworld 2009

    I’m back on my blog. Sorry but I’ve been out on vacation (Disneyland for three days with a three year old is not the best for rest). :) Coming up at the end of the month, I’ll be at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco. For anyone else going to the show,...
  • Follow me on Twitter

    I've added a twitter account, edwinyuen , where you can follow my thoughs on Virtualization and other topics. Also, I'll be at VMworld in September and I heop to meet some blog and twitter followers who might be at the show. See you there!
  • More on Nissan and Hyper-V

    DailyTech has a great article , an interview with Nissan on how they are using Virtualization and why they picked Hyper-V over VMware. There are some great details on their implementation and I think the final quote sums up what we keep saying "For...
  • World's Largest PKI on Hyper-V

    I often get asked for examples of using Hyper-V for large scale applications. Well, the Microsoft Windows Server Custom Engineering announced that is helping build the world largest Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), using Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V...
  • University of Miami chooses Microsoft over VMware

    While I was out on vacation, I missed out on a couple of case studies that were published about Microsoft Virtualization. One of the great case studies that came out was for the University of Miami . This is a large university that used VMware and the...
  • VMM2008R2 is RTM!

    Great news! Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is now RTM and the GA will be available on October 1st. A new feature added post RC is support for vSphere 4. For more information, see this post . If you want to get started now, you can download the 180 day...
  • Is Desktop Virtualization for Everyone?

    TechRepublic posted an article last week about Desktop Virtualization and it’s adoption. TechRepublic asked their CIO Jury and also their panel of IT leaders “Is your IT department strongly considering a deployment of virtual desktops?” Of the CIO...
  • VMworld Day 1 – Win a ZuneHD even if you aren’t there!

    Good morning everyone. It’s day one of VMworld. I plan on going around the show, trying to get into some sessions (I spoke to several other attendees on the way day and no one seemed to have a confirmed session today :( ). One of the key things I’m...
  • VMworld Day 1 Recap

    The first day of VMworld is closing down for me. The best word I can use to describe the mood was grumpy. There was grumpiness about the lines, the self-paced labs, the lines. Did I mention the lines? Still, everyone was actually in pretty good spirits...
  • VMworld Day 2 Start – Keynote Thoughts

    Well, just finished up with the opening keynote by Paul Maritz at VMworld 2009. They had a similar theme to VMworld Europe 2009 from last February. Lots of Hello and Goodbye phrases. My favorites: Goodbye Commodore 64, Goodbye Dial-up, Hello Kitty, Hello...
  • VMworld Day 2 wrap-up

    So we’ve just wrapped up day 2 at VMworld. I certainly have to say that day 2 went much better than day 1. I met so many great people down on the show floor. Since I’ve been to the last four VMworlds (US and Europe), I’m not surprised that so many at...
  • VMworld Day 3 Recap: End of line for me

    Day 3 is my last day at VMworld 2009. This day went really well but somehow, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed when compared to previous VMworlds, but more on that later. First, there was Stephen Herrod’s keynote today. Certainly, Stephen...
  • When and how should SMBs Virtualize?

    First off, I wanted to apologize for the lack of postings to my blog. I’ve been a little under the weather of late. Still, I saw this article and thought that it brought up some important points about virtualization and small and medium businesses (SMBs...
  • New IBM tools for Microsoft Virtualization

    For those who use IBM hardware, there is some great news today. IBM has released the Microsoft Assessment Planning Tool for IBM, which is based on the existing Microsoft Assessment Planning Tool. This tools provides specific guidance on how to consolidate...
  • How does VDI impact the responsibilities of Server/Desktop teams?

    I saw another article from Brian Madden site’s (which I saw via Twitter) which asks the question that many VDI adopters forget, which is Who controls the new virtual desktops? Is it the Server team or the Desktop team? Traditional IT has been very easy...
  • Welcome to Virtualization Planet!

    Welcome to the new Virtualization Planet blog. What I'm trying to do here is post some of the latest Virtualization news, Microsoft and non-Microsoft, in one location you can follow. In the coming days, weeks, and months, we'll be posting key Microsoft...