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Road Trip! FREE Microsoft Windows Azure Events in the Central US (September Edition)

UPDATE: The FULL list of our events for September and October is now live.  Go to THIS BLOG POST instead. -Kevin Coming to a town near you, our four IT Pro Evangelists in the US Central Region (Brian Lewis, Keith Mayer, Matt Hester, and Moi) are delivering free, in-person, hands-on learning; otherwise known as “IT… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–Auto-Balance your Workloads

Automated server workload balancing for heterogeneous private clouds. “Wow.  That’s a mouthful.” And it’s also a pretty useful set of functionality. Consider VMware’s Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) and Distributed Power Management (DPM).  Those capabilities (available with the vSphere Enterprise and Enterprise Plus editions) provide the ability to automatically move live workloads (VMs) around and among… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–The Naked Server

“Heh heh… You said naked.” Yep.  But when I say “naked servers”, I mean bare-metal servers.  “So.. was that just a trick to get more people to read this article?” Yes. “Okay.  Proceed…” And by bare-metal servers, I mean.. a server that has no operating system installed.  It’s racked-and-stacked and plugged into power and network,… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–Not All Memory Management is Equal

In the context of virtualization and virtual machines, I think it’s safe to say that memory management is important.  Efficiently allocating and/or recovering memory to/from virtual machines addresses several important questions, such as: How many virtual machines can I run on this physical host? How efficiently can my machines run if some of them need… Read more

VMware or Microsoft? – A Memo to IT Leadership

Sometimes we get lost in the details.  I confess that am guilty of this myself sometimes.  We who are the technical folks tend to focus on the features and implementation because we think we already understand the bigger picture.  But sometimes it’s good to take a step back and remind ourselves what it’s all about. … Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–Did you know that there’s no extra charge?

This week at VMWorld the VMware faithful are learning all about the latest news and updates from their virtualization vendor.  And hopefully at the same time Microsoft is able to reach them with some free custard and some good information to help them understand: What Hyper-V can do, and that You can gear up for… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–VMWorld Key Keynote Notes

Welcome to another of our series of “VMware or Microsoft?” articles.  Yesterday I watched general session keynote coming out of VMworld, and thought I’d jot down and share some notes about what was announced, and perhaps how what was announced compares to products or capabilities in Microsoft’s similar solutions (Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012, and System… Read more

VMware or Microsoft?–Get the “Scoop” On Hyper-V at VMWorld

Today in our series “VMware or Microsoft?”, we leverage an awesome opportunity to promote our products and give away some good stuff during the VMworld Conference.  Check out Matt Hester’s blog post today for more details…. Read more

VMware or Microsoft? – The Complete Series

You asked for it, so here it is!  Here is the list of articles in our “VMware or Microsoft? series, as submitted by our team of IT Pro Technology Evangelists. UPDATE: The six weeks are over.  The series is complete.  Below is the entire list of articles! We hope you find these useful! Date Article… Read more

VMware or Microsoft? – The Series Introduction

Hello out there all of you virtualization fans!… all of you datacenter supermen and superwomen!… all of you who get excited when skillfully and elegantly applied information technology makes your work lives and the work lives of the people you support – and the businesses you provide value to – just so much better!  We… Read more