I arrived into Vegas (baby!) today for 3 days spread across Microsoft Management Summit and Interop Las Vegas 2008. And the conferences couldn’t have been timed better as it was pooring rain when I left SeaTac and sunny and hot (for me) upon arrival in Vegas.
The highlight so far (the night is young as they say) was the show floor in which I ran into a couple guys from Kidaro working in the Microsoft booth. That’s a good sign and hope the acquisition will close soon. I really think Microsoft’s desktop presence and understanding, along with SoftGrid, TS with Calista Technologies’ built in and the Kidaro technology will really help reshape the desktop virtualization landscape. It’ll be interesting to see how it develops. Anyway, here’s a shot of the two gents from Kidaro. Welcome aboard!
Also on the show floor, and I think this is a first, I saw VMware. I don’t recall ever seeing them at a Microsoft show. I’ll have to stop by tomorrow as I’m interested to hear more about the Thinstall acquisition and Lifecycle Manager. I didn’t have a chance today. Here’s a photo.
But before I leave, I’ve been meaning to point out two items. First, there’s a good article on MSDN about setting up Hyper-V for performance comparisons. And second last week we published a new ROI tool for virtualization. I spent 30 mins reviewing it last week and it’s pretty complete. It’ll help you quantify the value of virtualization scenarios like consolidation, dev/test and desktop application virtualization.