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  • Blog Post: Forget the Pre-Historic: Business Critical Means Windows

    I just got some help posting to the Windows Server blog about the recently released IDC paper on the x86 server market “ Business-Critical Workloads: Supporting Business-Critical: Computing with an Integrated Server Platform .” If you don’t have time to read the whitepaper, check out the ComputerWorld...
  • Blog Post: 2009 in Review: Microsoft Releases Device Driver Code to Linux Community!

    The Summer of 2009 showed what many saw as a break from the ordinary. Microsoft released 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community to enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Hyper-V. The code included three Linux device drivers (the Linux Integration...
  • Blog Post: The Secret to Great Hosting isn’t Finger Food at TechEd, It’s Workloads on Windows!

    TechEd North America in New Orleans is only a month away, and I’ve start thinking about those cool TechEd parties hosted by Microsoft and partners.  Attending special events outside of the sessions gives everyone time to socialize and connect up.  It’s a lot of work to host a successful party...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V: CSV not Required for Live Migration

    I received a great question about something I said in my post on the great value of Hyper-V backup - that CSV is not required for Live Migration. One reader (thanks Dan), called me on this, because all of the documentation he had seen spoke of them together - including this article: “Hyper-V: Using Live...
  • Blog Post: Modernization Doesn’t Mean Using Mainframes in Expensive and Wasteful Ways!

    You may know that I’m part of the Windows Server Platform Strategy team and am involved with Open Source engagement at Microsoft. I do my best to keep up to speed with the comings and goings of Open Source and Linux in enterprises, and how Windows can best be used by organizations in cost effective and...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization on a Shoestring

    Server virtualization promises huge costs savings through consolidating underutilized physical servers to fewer systems. Microsoft, VMware, and other virtualization vendors provide tools and guidance on how to virtualize existing systems. In fact, just today, ReadWriteWeb ran an article on the subject...
  • Blog Post: Welcome from John Kelbley: Who I Am and What I do Around Here

    Hey everyone - I just wanted to let you know who I am. My name is John Kelbley and I'm a Senior Technical Product Manager with the Windows Server Platform Tech Strategy Team. Unfortunately, my title and team name don't say much about what I actually do! I'm part of a team at Microsoft very much focused...
  • Blog Post: Nothing RISCy About SQL Server on Windows!

    Buck Woody has a post this week about sensational combinations like peanut butter with chocolate (taste sensation) and SQL Server with Windows (processing sensation). It reminded me of another recent post out on Intel’s “ The Server Room ” blog by Eoin McConnell urging people to get ready for the...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V and Open Source: A Powerful (PowerShell) Combination

    In a post last week , I highlighted a number of ways to harness the power of virtualization with little or no costs. One tool I mentioned was the open source PowerShell Hyper-V Management library written by James O’Neill available on CodePlex . This library of PowerShell commandlets can enable you to...
  • Blog Post: Linux on Hyper-V Makes Even More Cents Now!

    One of my early posts on this blog went into detail about value of Hyper-V, and the ability to easily backup and recover servers in new and inexpensive ways.  I explained that encapsulating all sorts of (even non-Windows) operating systems in Hyper-V enables backup snapshots of running systems at...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Big Easy Recap

    TechEd North America 2010 in New Orleans is now just a memory (well, and a pile of new t-shirts and other swag in a corner at home!).  There was a great deal to see and learn last week, with much of the focus being on cloud (with and without Azure ). I’m amazed at how quickly session recordings...
  • Blog Post: Customer Perspective on the Expanded HP / Microsoft Partnership

    There was an awful lot of press coverage last week of the announcement of Microsoft and HP increased investment in our partnership.  Much of the coverage picked up on the “buzzworthy” cloud aspect of the announcement, like this: Microsoft, HP join up for packaged cloud services http://blog.seattlepi...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server and System Center are the Best Blenders for Your Data Center!

    However it happened, all sorts of different hardware, operating systems, applications, and tools have made their homes in our data centers. Some platforms, tools, and procedures were mandated as part of the adoption of a critical business system. Often these systems are selected outside IT standards...
  • Blog Post: Low Cost Virtualization: The Undiscovered Benefits

    Someone pointed out to me the InfoWorld article this week titled “5 things VMware must do to fend off Microsoft.”  Looking at the article reminded me of the scene in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country when Starfleet came to the realization that the Klingon Empire (their longstanding rival) was...
  • Blog Post: Best Part of Training Isn't the Class...

    The end of last month (March) I spent more than a week in Seattle at Microsoft’s internal TechReady conference.  TechReady happens twice a year, and is intended to provide technical training to the thousands of field-based Microsoft consulting, support, and technical sales professionals throughout...
  • Blog Post: Seeing is Believing – Microsoft and Red Hat Collaborate

    I’ll have to check Bing later for sightings…there must be a report of flying pigs…somewhere. Today Microsoft actually delivered a presentation at the Red Hat Summit !  I wouldn’t have believed it had I not been there (I was one of the presenters).  The session covered the combined effort by...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V R2 Can Give You Backup / Recovery Options You Never Had Before!

    Times are tough, and belts are tight. Many companies have looked to server virtualization to reduce costs through hardware consolidation. Cutting costs by combining server instances onto fewer physical systems can reduce costs, but could you do more? Are you squeezing the right cost without putting your...
  • Blog Post: Big Iron Now Means Big Workloads on Windows

    IBM has gazed into their crystal ball, and it seems they see the future as x86 ! IBM (the makers of big iron ) last week announced their new eX5 server line based on Intel’s Nehalem processor line.  IBM’s eX5 blade systems promise to allow significantly higher memory density (via an external memory...