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  • Blog Post: Rationalizing a Virtual Desktop Architecture

    Hi, my name is Manlio Vecchiet, and I am a group product manager in the Windows Server marketing group at Microsoft. I am on my way back from Interop where I participated in an industry panel about Virtual Desktop Architecture. I was joined by VMware, Citrix and Qumranet. I enjoyed discussing Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Hey channel partners: Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance

    For you channel partners out there, if you don't know about the Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance, then speak with either your Microsoft or Citrix contacts. The program is rolled out in Europe, is rolling out in the U.S., and will kick-off soon in Asia. The website is here . Here's a brief video that...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: NetApp and Microsoft See Virtualization Success Together

    Hi, I’m Friea Berg from NetApp’s Virtualization Solutions team. Today, I’d like to share how Microsoft and NetApp have been helping customers get the most out of their virtualized infrastructure. Microsoft is a leader in applications, Windows, and management while NetApp leads in highly...
  • Blog Post: VDI reference architecture with HP and Citrix

    At HP's Tech Forum conference , HP started to market a VDI reference architecture, and deployment offer, with us and Citrix. The brochure can be seen here . The VDI offer can be seen here . The nuts and bolts of the architecture includes: HP ProLiant BL460c server blades HP StorageWorks P4800...
  • Blog Post: Go vote

    The savvy editors of NetworkWorld chose 3 weeks before VMworld 2010 conference to publish an online tech debate between Microsoft and VMware. The topic: who has the better virtualization platform. The editorial summary reads: VMware is the kingpin of virtualization, but the game is changing fast and...
  • Blog Post: XenDesktop 7 Supports Windows Server 2012

    We are excited to see the release of XenDesktop 7 and support our partner Citrix. XenDesktop 7 brings together both XenApp and XenDesktop functionality into a common release and now brings support for Windows Server 2012. XenDesktop can easily be deployed on Hyper-V and take full advantage of Windows...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Citrix share their feedback on today's keynote from VMworld Europe 2010

    I've had the priviledge to attend Citrix Synergy in Berlin last week, and then attend VMworld Europe in Copenhagen this week. 3,500 attendees last week, and 5,700 this week. It's great to see the enthusiasm. Today's keynote at VMworld Europe 2010 was 95% the same content as the San Francisco show...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at VMworld Europe 2009

    VMworld Europe's tagline this year is "virtually anything is possible". Kinda reminds me of Mike's blog post on Monday about Red Hat. And for many IT pros, "virtually anything is possible" might apply to the fact that Microsoft is exhibiting at, and sponsoring, VMworld Europe for the second year in a...
  • Blog Post: Items of interest from VMworld 2010

    Hi - by now you might have read there's 17,000 of us attending VMworld in San Francisco. Huge crowds, just as Rick Vanover predicted . Lots of energy and excitement as you can imagine. This post is designed to bring some of the show to you, assuming you're not attending and queuing up to a session 45...
  • Blog Post: Explaining Microsoft RemoteFX

    Hi, my name is Max Herrmann, and I am part of the Windows Server Remote Desktop Services marketing team at Microsoft. Two years ago, Microsoft acquired Calista Technologies where I came from – a startup that set out to create technology that allows remote workers to enjoy the same rich user experience...
  • Blog Post: Mark your calendar: Watch the MS Management Summit keynotes

    Next Tuesday (20th) and Wednesday (21st) be sure to visit the Microsoft News Center to view the Microsoft Management Summit executive keynotes live on the web. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Bob Muglia and Brad Anderson discuss the latest IT Management news, MS strategies for datacenter and desktop...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization wrap from TechEd IT Pro

    I'm NOT in Orlando this week attending TechEd IT Pro conference. That means I get to enjoy Redmond's "wintery" spring weather and not Orlando's hot/humid thunderstorms. For those of you also NOT in Orlando, you can follow along with the happenings at a few spots: Scott Lowe's blog , focus on virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Repost: Resellers and SIs check out our virtualization partner profitability toolkit

    This post is for all the Microsoft channel partners who read this blog. You'll want to check out our new virtualization partner profitability toolkit ( here ). David Greschler's blog here sums it up better than I could. Here's an excerpt: Every partner knows about the great opportunity to sell virtualization...
  • Blog Post: IDC updates server virtualization market numbers: “Virtualize first” is here

    The other day the folks at IDC published their worldwide quarterly server virtualization tracker report . You can see the news release here . Some of the main takeaways are: · 18% of all new servers shipped in Q4’09 were virtualized, up 3% year over year · Sales of virtualized servers declined...
  • Blog Post: RT: Partners Support Microsoft RemoteFX

    Today Max Herrmann (who posted on this site on March 18) posted a blog that calls out software and hardware partners' stated intentions to support Microsoft RemoteFX. You can read Max's post on the RDS blog . Here's an excerpt: Today, I am very happy to confirm that the following hardware and...
  • Blog Post: The Virtualization Essentials from Citrix

    Bonjour from Cannes . This is just a quick post about Citrix making public the Essentials for Hyper-V new s . It's been talked about already by Alessandro and others . There's lots of opinions of what this means for the virtualization software vendor landscape. But that's less important really than...
  • Blog Post: 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 with my T-Mobile Dash. I was fortunate enough...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization and Interoperability

    Two weeks ago three members of the interoperability Vendor Alliance were in Redmond to test the interoperability capabilities of their virtualization technologies. Citrix, Novell and Sun tested some interoperability scenarios with us here at Microsoft that aim to prove how interoperability is possible...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: virtualization requires the proper perspective

    Hi, I’m Doug de Werd, technical marketing manager for Windows Virtualization at Hewlett-Packard . In the past few weeks following the Microsoft virtualization launch event in Bellevue the virtualization buzz keeps growing louder and louder. We keep hearing more and more from customers that virtualization...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: VM standards, offline patching tools

    Quick post here on two items. Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool can be downloaded here . As blogged about at by the System Center team blog , Virtualization.info , and InfoWorld blog . This product allows the update of large-scale deployments of virtual machines, leveraging PowerShell, System...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s new VDI licensing: VDI Suites

    Hi, my name is Manlio Vecchiet, and I am a director of product management on the Windows Server marketing team. I'm in New Orleans right now attending the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) , and wanted to update you on new licenses we’ll offer for hosted virtual desktops, or virtual desktop...
  • Blog Post: VMWare figures out that virtualization is an OS feature

    Every now and again, we like to use this forum to provide commentary and context on happenings in the industry. Today’s news from Waltham, Mass. and Palo Alto, Calif. is a good example. On the one hand, there’s a Microsoft competitor . On the other hand, there’s a Microsoft partner...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft at Citrix Synergy 2010: From the Desktop to the Cloud

    Hello from San Francisco, host city of Citrix Synergy , where I will be joining Citrix’s CEO, Mark Templeton, for a keynote on desktop virtualization, Microsoft’s vision for the datacenter, and how we will extend our partnership to help you in the cloud. Helping business and IT manage across shifting...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Review's hypervisor test

    The other day, Virtualization Review published a comparative performance test of three hypervisors: VMware ESX 3.5, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. You can see it here . NOTE - there are few independent, published performance reviews of hypervisors because including ESX in the review...