VMware or Microsoft? What does Availability mean in YOUR Cloud?

Keith Mayer brings us the next post in out VMware of Microsoft virtualization series. here is an excerpt – When evaluating public and hybrid cloud services, carefully inspecting a cloud-provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) is an important step in understanding the level of availability you can expect.  Of course, we all want our applications and…


What’s New, R2? – BitLocker: New updates and Why would I use it on a Server?

You can play around with and test the features I will be discussing in this series by download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview here –     Have you ever lost a laptop or had a PC stolen?  I have.  About a year ago, I had a laptop stolen that contained about 50,000 files…


What’s New, R2? – Networking: 802.1X Authentication

You can play around with and test the features I will be discussing in this series by download the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview here –     Networks. Whether wired or wireless, we have to have them to connect all of the various pieces of our infrastructure together. Not only do we use them…


What’s New, R2? – Introduction

With the general availability release of Windows Server 2012 R2 only 3 weeks away now, I am starting up a series of blog posts to introduce you to some of the new features and technologies you will have access to.  Technically you have access to the new items now just by downloading the Windows Server…


VMware or Microsoft? Evaluating Hyper-V Network Virtualization as an alternative to VMware NSX

Network Virtualization, and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) at-large, have been getting a lot of attention recently.  After reviewing the network traffic patterns in heavily virtualized datacenters, many IT Pros are beginning to realize that a substantial portion of datacenter network traffic is occurring between virtual machines running on the same virtualization host.  In addition, organizations are…


Get the latest Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Bits

Now is the time to gets some hands on experience working with Windows Server 2012 R2!  There has been so much new stuff announced lately for Windows Server 2012, that I encourage IT Pros to work with the new features before Server 2012 is released for general availability. Some of the things in the new…


Oracle OpenWorld 2013: Oracle’s Mission-critical Software and Microsoft’s Enterprise-grade Cloud

For years Microsoft and Oracle have helped customers address enterprise technology needs, and during those years I’ve had the opportunity to personally partner with, compete with, and admire Oracle as an industry leader. Certainly when you think of enterprise scalability and reliability Oracle comes to mind, and I believe the Microsoft clouds also deliver the…


VMware or Microsoft? Comparing vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V At-a-Glance

Keith Mayer delivers today’s post in our VMware or Microsoft series. Keith titled his post as “at-a-glance” but what he is really doing is a great, in depth comparison of features and technologies between vSphere 5.5 and Windows Server 2012. Here is an excerpt from his blog – There’s been lots of buzz on the…


VMware or Microsoft?–Agentless Backup for Virtual Environments

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of an old friend and coworker, who is still a friend but who now works for Veeam.  I’m talking about none-other than Chris Henley.  Thank you, Chris, for this excellent write-up on backing up virtual environments! — One of the most important things to remember when talking about backup…


Get an Inside Look at Microsoft Datacenters and Hardware

Have you ever wondered what a datacenter looks like?  Maybe you saw a datacenter 5 years ago. I can tell you first hand a lot has changed in datacenter construction and implementation in the last 5 years. There are a couple of great videos on YouTube that show off a few of the things that…

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