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September, 2008

  • VMworld is over, but the facts remain

    I’ve been to Las Vegas too many times to count and have always left with good stories, but I never thought that my best Vegas story would be work-related. That story of course is about last week’s marketing activity at VMworld. Definitely not your typical day at the office. While I have enjoyed the headlines (My Favorite: Microsoft attacks VMware with Poker Chips), the speculation as to what transpired has been most amusing to me. Unfortunately, I have to disappoint all those Oliver-Stone-like conspiracy theorists out there. Sorry, but Las Vegas Police were never called to the scene. Nor were we escorted out. We didn’t even attract the eye of hotel staff or security. Sorry! More than anything, I am glad that the right tone came through and loved hearing that it was “Great to see”, “Relevant and unexpected”, and “Pretty hilarious”. I couldn’t help but eavesdrop when I saw attendees share the collateral with a friend or hear someone chatting about it during the conference. The street team did a great job, and the marketing effort exceeded expectations (3,800 cards in <90 minutes,="" 25+="" articles/blogs,="" 15,000+="" visits="" and="" 175,000+="" hits="" to="""" in="" 7="" days,="" and="" multiple="" tough="" questions="" on="" tco="" to="" paul="" maritz).="" and,="" yes,="" that’s="" more="" visits="" to="" the="" site="" than="" attendees="" at="" vmworld!="" the="" site="" and="" the="" on-the-ground="" activity="" were="" part="" of="" our="" marketing/pr="" efforts="" at="" vmworld="" and="" designed="" to="" cut="" through="" the="" noise="" (over="" 200="" press="" announcements="" in="" 3="" days)="" with="" one,="" simple="" message:="" microsoft="" offers="" a="" better="" tco="" than="" vmware.="">
  • Hyper-V: Dynamic versus Fixed VHD Performance

    Tim Litton posted a blog about performance optimization for Hyper-V, looking at fixed versus dynamic VHDs. Here's an excerpt: The following graph shows the relative performances for a number of different scenarios (with Dynamic VHD being the baseline). Fixed VHD always performs better than a Dynamic VHD in most scenarios by roughly 10% to 15% with the exception of 4k writes, where Fixed VHD performs significantly better. Recently, QLogic published a benchmark for I/O throughput for storage devices going through Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V ( that closely matches the native performance, thus demonstrating Hyper-V’s ability to bring the advantages of virtualization to large-scale datacenters.
  • Microsoft Offers VMworld Attendees a Warm Welcome

    VMworld 2008 officially began Monday with the opening of the Labs, Exhibitor Hall, and VMware’s Partner Day, but yesterday morning really kicked off the start of the conference for many with Paul Maritz giving the Welcome and Opening Keynote and Cisco...
  • Symantec Announces New Backup Exec 12.5 Agent Supporting Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

    Hi, my name is Pat Hanavan, vice president of Product Management in Symantec's Data Protection Group, and I'm pleased to share that today (September 15, 2008) Symantec announced a new Backup Exec 12.5 agent supporting Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, as well...
  • Pre-VMworld: Check out Hyper-V Server and Live Migration demos

    While you getting ready for the weekend, or getting ready to head to Vegas, you might be interested to check out these first-look demos of Hyper-V Server 2008 (standalone hypervisor, due in a few weeks) and live migration with Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • Guest Post: Virtualization and Cloud Computing

    Hello, my name is Karl Schulmeisters, director of alliance technology and architecture for the Microsoft Global Alliance at Unisys. We are a global systems integrator that focuses on large scale-up solutions particularly in the public sector, financial services, federal government and pharmaceuticals industries. I watched Monday’s mid-day keynote at the Virtualization Launch in Bellevue, in which Senior VP of Server and Tools, Bob Muglia, spoke and brought a Gartner analyst on stage for an industry view. The traditional viewpoint of virtualization is that it is driven by cost savings, Green IT and operational efficiency. But according to Gartner, those are tactical considerations. Gartner believes that virtualization unlocks Cloud Computing, which in turn fundamentally transforms how IT is run. I’m not sure that virtualization itself unlocks Cloud Computing. Pervasive connectivity and standardized data protocols, like XML, are more crucial to this. What virtualization lets you do though is to get rid of the issues of app conflicts that have grown out of the PC industry’s history of using dedicated machines for a particular server type. Essentially it lets you isolate the various application servers as though they were on a separate physical box without having to assume the cost of that separation.
  • Before we get to VMworld Vegas

    My ears are still ringing from Monday's virtualization event in Bellevue. Not necessarily from the keynotes or demos, but mainly from being 10 feet away from the stage as the band Live played a 60+ minute set during the party. Here's a photo I snapped...
  • MS Hyper-V Server: in 30 days for $0

    The show begins in 10 hours, but the news it out: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a new hypervisor-based server virtualization product (like ESXi), will be released within 30 days and be available at no cost via the Web Microsoft will demonstrate live migration feature of Windows Server 2008 R2. And the next version of Microsoft Hyper-V Server (the one after 2008) will have live migration capabilities. System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 will be released within 30 days [not a surprise], which will manage Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 Microsoft’s global server OEM partners ... report that nearly 100% of their customers who order Windows Server 2008 with hardware are also choosing to have Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V included with their order. Dedicated virtualization lab established within the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center. The keynote will be shown here in the morning [noon EDT]: Patrick
  • The Validated Hypervisor

    By now you might have seen that VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 has passed the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program. They announced it here. today announced it has qualified its industry-leading VMware ESX hypervisor under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 (ESX 3.5u2) is the first hypervisor to be listed under the program, providing VMware customers who run Windows Server and Microsoft applications with access to cooperative support from Microsoft and VMware. Of course we all read that VMware only agreed to participate in SVVP a couple weeks ago, around the time we announced expanded technical support for 31 server applications running on validated hypervisors. Congrats to them for achieving a validated configuration so quickly. ESX 3.5 update 2 now joins Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V as being validated to run Windows Server and associated Microsoft server applications. And now that ESX 3.5 has passed SVVP, VMware customers will join Novell customers as receiving cooperative technical support (if there's a support policy in place, and the customer is running the validated configuration) for Microsoft software running in/on their virtualization software. I'd expect to see other hypervisors pass the SVVP soon. There are 7 vendors now committed to participate in SVVP, the newest addition being Unisys. Patrick