Available now: The Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 2.0

Today we are releasing the Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter (MVMC) 2.0, a supported, freely available solution for converting VMware-based virtual machines and virtual disks to Hyper-V-based virtual machines and virtual hard disks (VHDs). Did you know that Hyper-V has had four times the growth of VMware’s ESX over the past three years? In fact, in…

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Imitation, Flattery and the Real Cloud OS

It has been said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. If that is true, then we are certainly feeling flattered, but that feeling is vying neck and neck with a feeling of confusion. Earlier today, HP announced their foray into the “CloudOS” space with an OpenStack-based offer that purports to be a…

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Know vSpeak? Learn to be Bilingual

Gordie Howe once famously said, “All hockey players are bilingual.  They know English and profanity.”  No doubt, there are times when most IT Pros feel similarly gifted (like when a production server goes down as you’re about to head home for dinner). That said, there is real (and growing) value to be found in becoming…

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Are You vConfused?

Naturally, I watched with interest yesterday’s VMware announcement about a new hybrid cloud service, but its left me stymied.  I’m scratching my head:  is their VMware-branded service something they run, or a partner play?  Forrester analyst James Staten described it as “more a statement of intention than a true unveiling,” and others in the press…

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VMware Zigs, then Zags

Today, VMware, as part of the larger “Pivotal” unveil, announced yet another zig in their already zig-zaggy set of strategy meets tactics meets marketing buzzwords.  Today’s news of a vague “hybrid cloud” future is just another example of how IT vendors have been rearranging the furniture to more effectively deliver what they already have on…

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Customers Find Value & Savings with Windows Server Hyper-V

Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions Drive IT and Business Agility for Academic and Financial Services Organizations Three Microsoft customers have seen impressive gains in operational efficiency and business agility through private cloud solutions provided by using Windows Server and System Center. Each organization initially considered other providers, including VMware, but ultimately chose the Microsoft solution because…

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Microsoft VDI vs. VMware View: Freedom of Choice

I’m Adam Carter, the technical product manager for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in Windows Server at Microsoft. VMware® recently published a datasheet about why you should choose VMware View™ over Remote Desktop Services (RDS). The article sets out to discount Remote Desktop sessions, a proven technology in use by millions of users every day. I wanted to…

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Are you betting your datacenter on a wooden racquet?

I’m an avid tennis fan, and with the Australian Open into its second week, it will come as no surprise (least of all to my wife) that tennis is top of mind for me right now. I recently read an article on the evolution of tennis racquets over the history of the game. It turns out…

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Q & A – Featured Guest Aidan Finn

As a follow up to his first conversation with guest Rand Morimoto of Convergent Computing, Joel Sider, Senior Marketing Manager, Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, continues his discussion of best practices when implementing virtualization and private/hybrid cloud solutions with MVP and long-time industry consultant, Aidan Finn.  Aidan Finn Bio: Aidan Finn, MVP, has been working…

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How Xbox can transform your datacenter

On January 15th, Microsoft announced several new products and services that continue to drive momentum against our Cloud OS vision. In an accompanying blog post, Microsoft vice president Michael Park says that Microsoft is uniquely positioned to bring you into the cloud era because our products and services are deeply informed by our first-hand experience…

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