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  • Blog Post: Hypervisor Footprint Debate Part 1: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 & VMware ESXi 3.5

    Virtualization Nation, After my recent blog discussing the release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 , we received overwhelmingly positive feedback. At the same time, there's still some skepticism about free Live Migration and almost daily we keep hearing, "This is too good to be true, is Live Migration...
  • Blog Post: March 31 live web chat

    On Tuesday, March 31, Microsoft's Edwin Yuen will be hosting a live web chat 11am-3pm EST. Edwin is a sr. technical product manager. Edwin came to Microsoft with the acquisition of Softricity (and the SoftGrid application virtualization technology). He now also covers Hyper-V and System Center VMM. Sign...
  • 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: Guest Post: All Eyes on SteelEye with DataKeeper Support for Hyper-V

    Hi all, My name is Dave Bermingham and I’m the director of Windows product management for SteelEye Technology, a provider of business continuity and disaster recovery solutions. I’d like to thank Microsoft’s Virtualization team for the opportunity to guest blog on SteelEye’s continued support for...
  • Blog Post: Answering Exchange Virtualization Questions and Addressing Misleading VMware Guidance

    I recommend anyone who is considering virtualizing MS Exchange read Jim Lucey's blog post and the comments below his post. VMware's HA guidance on virtualizing Exchange could be mis-interpreted, resulting in increased storage costs and placing data at risk. Here's an excerpt: We love that our customers...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V iSCSI Performance Webcast

    My friend and teammate Jim Schwartz on our Virtualization Solutions Marketing Team has asked me to post this entry about a very exciting webcast coming up, but he can describe it much better than me... Hi, I’m Jim Schwartz, a director of virtualization solutions marketing with Microsoft in Redmond...
  • 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: Live Migration and Host Clustering available at no charge in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

    I’m Zane Adam, senior director of virtualization and System Center. It’s been a while since my last post , and wanted to update you on our standalone hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Last Fall we released Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a standalone hypervisor-based virtualization product...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Moving Virtualization into the Mainstream

    I’d like to start this post by saying thank you to our friends at Microsoft for running my blog post here. As AMD is mid-way through Virtualization Ecosystem Month (VEM), it has been exciting to see the partner support around the topic of virtualization and I encourage you to check out Microsoft’s guest...
  • 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: Online sessions, book and more

    Admittedly this post is a stew and not a meal (if that metaphor works). But you might be interested in the following items. I'll keep it short: John Kelbley will host a webcast on Friday, May 8 at 8:00am PDT titled, "Running Linux on Hyper-V." The session will discuss install, configure, run, backup...
  • Blog Post: RT "Cutting through the FUD: Facts you should know about Hyper-V and System Center"

    I'm not sure the retweet tag (RT) also applies to blogs or not, but I thought I'd give it a try. Now to my point. Edwin posted a good blog this evening about re-occurring Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt the spreads via traditional journalism or blogs. I don't know for sure, but I suspect his post had something...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: desktop to datacenter

    It's been a while since I've posted a blog ... but that one really caused a stir in the Virt circles in the Bay Area. Hopefully it doesn't mean I can't hit up those people for Sharks tickets. I've stumbled across some interesting items that I wanted to share with you. Microsoft Desktop Optimization...
  • 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: Dress up your office wall with the Hyper-V component architecture poster

    Hi, this is Bryon Surace again . I’m a senior program manager on the Windows virtualization team at Microsoft. I wanted to draw your attention to the new Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster . The poster is a great visual tool to help in the understanding of the key features and...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: EMC and Microsoft Think Big

    Hi, I'm Adrian Simays, Hyper-V technical architect at EMC. EMC and Microsoft have been thinking big lately. How big? We’ve set out to build and test one of the largest Hyper-V environments in the world. And why not? With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 , Microsoft introduced features...
  • Blog Post: More on today's announcement with NetApp

    We published some news today with NetApp; see here . In short, Microsoft and NetApp... today announced a new three-year agreement that deepens product collaboration and technical integration, and extends joint sales and marketing activities to customers worldwide. Under the new agreement, the two...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (Free live migration anyone!) available for download

    We are really excited to announce that Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 is available for download here . It’s been a long an exciting journey bringing this product to our customers. The chart below tells it all, we have listened to our customers and have designed the product to meet their needs. This...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 & Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 RTM!!!!

    Virtualization Nation, Today is a really big day at Microsoft and more importantly for our customers . Both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (our FREE standalone Hyper-V Server) have both been Released To Manufacturing (RTM)!! If you haven't seen the announcement on the...
  • Blog Post: Too many Virtual Iron customers in the fire?

    With the recent announcement by Oracle to stop Virtual Iron development and sales, the past few weeks have certainly been eventful for Virtual Iron customers. A related announcement came out from VMware about a program to offer Virtual Iron customers discounts to move over. But a closer look at the VMware...
  • Blog Post: The vSphere Cloud Operating System: Extra Layer, Extra Cost?

    Hi, I’m David Greschler, director of Microsoft virtualization and management. Today VMware announced their new “Cloud OS,” called vSphere. It’s an interesting announcement in that it points out more clearly than ever that VMware adds an extra layer to the computing stack. This extra layer, a virtualization...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 beta available

    Exciting news for Windows Server Hyper-V, System Center, and VMWare customers. The beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is now available on the Microsoft Connect site for download . If you don't already have access to VMM on the Connect site you can get to it here by simply filling out...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Virtualization drives $250,000 in real savings

    I’m David Straede, president of SBWH.com, a Windows managed server provider. Virtualization using Hyper-V and System Center is the most exciting thing SBWH has been a part of since we started beta testing IIS 4.0 in 1997. SBWH in 1999 Twelve years ago we got 15 servers in a rack. Today, we can...
  • Blog Post: VMware vSphere pricing - Meet the new price; same as the old price, only more

    Hi, I'm Edwin Yuen, a Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft's Integrated Virtualization team. This past week, there were two key announcements made, one by Microsoft and one by VMware, that have an impact on how we compare Microsoft and VMware pricing. The first announcement was actually off...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 VMWare myths video

    Edwin and David recently sat down in front of a video camera to talk about the top 10 myths from VMWare. Here's a quick outline of the topics discussed during the 11 minute video: Live migration clustered shared volumes Hyper-V scalability Hyper-V performance Hyper-V footprint Hardware...