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  • 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: New VDI, Management Technology Announced

    A few items to call out. First up is Manlio's post about the renaming of Terminal Services - it'll be known as Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 -- and the new VDI features. Here's an excerpt: The key here is that RDS in Windows Server 2008 R2 makes the new server OS the ideal...
  • Blog Post: What you won't see at VMworld 2009 - a demo of SCVMM 2008 R2

    Ordinarily it'd be great news that we RTM'd System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 ahead of schedule, so close to the RTM of WS08 R2 Hyper-V and one week before VMworld conference. You can't beat the timing of it all. And the ~10,000 beta testers of SCVMM08 R2 are a big part of why we were able...
  • Blog Post: BEWARE THE VMWARE MEMORY VTAX; PLUS--GOOD NEWS FOR HYPER-V...

    Virtualization Nation, The last few weeks have been buzzing with virtualization news. Just two examples are the Windows Server “ 8 ” Hyper-V Sneak Peek at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and VMware’s creation of the Memory vTax. WPC: A Sneak Peek at Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Strong end to end management required for Virtualization to be successful (VMworld day 2)

    I am pleased that it is being acknowledged by VMware (evidenced by their keynote announcements yesterday on the vCenter additions) that for a strong virtualization platform a complete end-to-end solution is required. We agree completely!! We at Microsoft provide solutions for configuration/change management...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Moving VM automation and inventory beyond Excel files

    Hi, I’m John Suit, CTO and principal founder of Fortisphere , which is a member of the Microsoft Startup Accelerator Program . In this tough economy, the cost savings of virtualization are driving faster adoption – and the introduction of Microsoft Hyper-V is exposing more companies, large and small...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Architecture Brief

    So you heard about the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program and wonder … what exactly is it? Is it marketecture or is there some meat to it? What do these “pre-architected, pre-validated” solutions consist of, and how were those decisions arrived at? What was the architecture and validation...
  • Blog Post: RT: Opalis Software Availability and Roadmap News

    Louise Johns blogged about software availability and roadmap news for the Opalis software we acquired in December. Since all of you care about systems management as much as virtualization, I wanted to make sure you saw Louise's post. Here's some excerpts: We have started the process of sending...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM and VMware ESX management

    The threat of virtualization sprawl. That was a theme my colleagues heard last week at IDC's "Directions" conference in San Jose. And true to IDC's form, they backed up their predictions with some numbers. Here's an excerpt from one article : Virtualization has often been seen as something of a...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Red Hat Cooperative Technical Support

    Hi, I’m Mike Neil, general manager of virtualization at Microsoft. It’s been a while since I’ve blogged here, but today’s post is worth a read. Ever since we released Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Terminal Services, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft App-V 4.5 last year, customers...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Red Hat Complete Cooperative Technical Support

    Hi, I'm Mike Neil, general manager of Windows Server and Server Virtualization. Back in February we announced our work with Red Hat to enable cooperative technical support for virtualized environments. I'm excited to announce we've completed certification in each others' programs! Customers now can deploy...
  • Blog Post: DPM for data backup/recovery of virtualized apps and environments

    We want to congratulate the Microsoft Storage Solutions team for releasing Service Pack 1 for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007. SP1 for DPM 2007 brings some great new capabilities for protecting Hyper-V environments. Most notably, of course, is the ability to protect guests within Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Big news: Microsoft and HP team up to move IT forward

    This morning Microsoft and HP announced a three-year, $250 million agreement to jointly deliver a new infrastructure-to-application model, advance cloud computing and generally reduce the costs and complexities of IT. The press release, executive videos and other information about the agreement...
  • Blog Post: Guest Post: Virtual Eggs in One Virtualization Basket?

    Hi, my name is Dave Demlow and I am the Chief Technology Officer at Double-Take Software. Double-Take Software has been a leading provider of data replication and failover technologies for Microsoft Windows Server and applications going all the way back to Windows NT 3.51. So like many of you, we...
  • Blog Post: Analyst Corner

    Mark Bowker, Enterprise Strategy Group on what customers want when it comes to Virtualization Robb Mapp of Microsoft Integrated Virtualization analyst relations speaks to ESG Analyst Mark Bowker at MMS 2008 about his role as an IT analyst, his recent research and his perspective on the virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Update: What you won't see at VMworld 2009

    This post is for the readers out there that will be attending VMworld, or have colleagues attending VMworld. There’s been some speculative statements made in the press and blogs in the past 24 hours, so I want to try to set the record straight: 1. Microsoft will be exhibiting at VMworld 2009...