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  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery to Microsoft Azure – Part 2

    Continuing from the previous blog - check out the recent TechEd NA 2014 talk @ https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B322 which includes a cool demo of this product. Love it??? Talk about it, try it and share your comments. Let’s retrace the journey - in Jan 2014, we announced...
  • 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: Microsoft Virtualization: Best Choice for MS Server Applications

    Hello, I’m Zane Adam, general manager of Virtualization and Systems Management. As more and more customers are looking at virtualization to help reduce cost and decrease complexity in their infrastructure, we are seeing lots of questions around virtualizing MS server applications such as Exchange, SQL...
  • Blog Post: Top 5 things to know about Hyper-V

    My name is Ronald Beekelaar. I'm a Microsoft MVP of Virtual Machine Technology, based in Amsterdam. I have my own consultancy firm, and since 2002 I focus on virtualization. At first, this was strictly VMware-oriented, but a few years later this included Microsoft's virtualization products as well. ...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: "Setting the Record Straight - 9 Reasons Why Hyper-V is a Great Choice for Enterprises"

    Hi, my name is Chris Steffen, architect with Kroll Factual Data. You may have read one of my prior guest posts . Recently, I came across an InformationWeek Analytics Weblog that asserted a bunch of half truths and misinformation about Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization solution. Usually, I can...
  • Blog Post: City of Frisco (Texas) saves big with Hyper-V and NetApp

    Hi, I'm Jim Schwartz, a director of virtualization solutions marketing in Redmond. A great example of why companies are adopting virtualization and the resulting benefits can be seen in Texas, at the City of Frisco . The city, one of the fastest growing in America, needed to scale a siloed IT infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the availability of the updated Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for Virtualization and System Center

    Microsoft has a comprehensive portfolio of technologies when it comes to Virtualization ranging from Presentation Virtualization with Remote Desktop Services to Server Virtualization using Hyper-V with many more in between as below. · Server Hardware Virtualization . Also known as a hypervisor, Server...
  • Blog Post: Hands-On-Labs at TechEd, Virtualization at work!!!

    One of the fun parts of being in a team that develops Hyper-V is seeing it in action. Here at TechEd 2010 in New Orleans, Hyper-V and the System Center Suite are running the Hands-On-Lab infrastructure. Powering the labs for the 11,000 people here at TechEd are 25 x HP380G6’s. The detailed specs...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization for Server Workloads: Avanade Case Study, NetApp Whitepaper

    Our customers often deploy Microsoft server workloads, such as SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange, on Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center, and want to know how other customers have deployed these workloads and if there are deployment guidelines from specific solution partners that can help optimize...
  • 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: Guest post: Hyper-V Performance Scales Well in 24-Core Dell Server

    My name is Todd Muirhead and I’m one of the engineers behind Dell’s online community for IT professionals – DellTechCenter . This means that I get to work with all of the latest Dell servers and storage and provide technical guidance and assistance to customers. The goal is to help people understand...
  • 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: Update to private cloud toolkit for System Center

    Back in February we started working with partners and TAP customers on a toolkit to create private cloud environment. See our February blog about the Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for System Center. A couple updates were announced Monday at our Worldwide Partner Conference . First, the tool has a...
  • 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: 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: 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: Upcoming Webcasts on Best Practices for Virtualizing MS Server Applications

    We’ve got some great webcasts coming up in the next few weeks to discuss recommendations for virtualizing MS server applications and the benefits of choosing hyper-V + System Center as your virtualization solution. Each technical webcast will focus on a specific server application- Exchange, SQL and...
  • Blog Post: Kroll Factual Data: 85% virtualized, 30:1 VM density

    You may have never heard of Kroll Factual Data. But ever since personal credit became harder to acquire, lenders held tighter to their money, and interest rates went up/down like a roller coaster, Kroll has been on a wild ride of their own. In short, Kroll Factual Data offers business information to...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: IU Hoosier virtualizes 75% of workloads - saving time and money with System Center, PowerShell, and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

    Hi, I’m Janssen Jones, and I’m the Associate Director of Auxiliary IT Infrastructure at Indiana University. Since April, my team has been evaluating the beta of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM) as part of the SCVMM Technology Adoption Program, and in the past six months, we’ve made...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 - Quick Storage Migration

    Hi, I'm Edwin Yuen, a Senior Technical Product Manager at Microsoft's Integrated Virtualization team. In today's blog, I'd like to discuss another type of migration being added to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Quick Storage Migration. Quick Storage Migration (QSM) In Brief As you may...
  • Blog Post: Guest post: Hyper-V gives every Windows shop a free pass into “innovation”

    Hi, my name is Matt Lavallee and I am the Director of Technology at MLS Property Information Network, Inc., based in Massachusetts. Although you may not recognize the company name, we are one of the 700+ multiple listing service (MLS) companies that provide data warehousing for the Real Estate industry...
  • Blog Post: Bare metal hypervisor is here, along with new training, services

    "Bare metal" was my attempt at being dramatic ;-) Anyway, I really wanted you to know that the standalone hypervisor, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 , was released today for download. This is the no-cost, bare metal hypervisor. Think ESXi, but with Windows and not Linux. More on this in a bit. Today...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 RTMs and what I’m hearing from customers and partners about Microsoft’s virtualization solutions

    I’m Zane Adam, sr. director of virtualization strategy here in Redmond at Microsoft. I’m writing today to announce the exciting news that we’ve released to manufacturing (RTM’d) System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and to talk a bit about its critical role in the broad set of virtualization offerings...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Memory Coming to Hyper-V Part 3…

    ====================================================== Preamble: The point of this series, and the spirit in which it is written, is to take a holistic approach at the issues facing our customers, discuss the complexities with regard to memory management and explain why we’re taking the approach we...
  • Blog Post: From 2010 to 2011: Walking the Cloud Talk

    My colleague David Greschler wrote a blog post for David Marshall's blog, VM Blog . DavidGr's blog post is part of a series this month on VM Blog where vendor representatives write about 2011 predictions and looking ahead. See DavidGr's post here . Following is an excerpt: 2010 was the year of the...