RT "Cutting through the FUD: Facts you should know about Hyper-V and System Center"

I’m not sure the retweet tag (RT) also applies to blogs or not, but I thought I’d give it a try. Now to my point. Edwin posted a good blog this evening about re-occurring Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt the spreads via traditional journalism or blogs. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect his post had something to… Read more

Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software

Good news for a Friday. Brad’s post (with video interview) announces the acquisition of Opalis Software. Why is this important to virtualization projects? Thoughts below, but first some background on the business. Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business (STB) is a $14.1 billion business.   Within STB, the Management and Services Division is focused on reducing customers’ costs and… Read more

Offline Virtual Machine Servicing Tool v2.1

Virtualization affects how we plan, build, deploy, operate, and service workloads.  Customers are creating large libraries of virtual machines containing various configurations.  The patch-state of these virtual machines are not always known.  Ensuring that offline virtual machines are properly patched and won’t become vulnerable the instant they come online is critical.    I am therefore… Read more

More on today’s announcement with NetApp

We published some news today with NetApp; see here. In short, Microsoft and NetApp… today announced a new three-year agreement that deepens product collaboration and technical integration, and extends joint sales and marketing activities to customers worldwide. Under the new agreement, the two companies will collaborate and deliver technology solutions that span virtualization, private cloud… Read more

City of Frisco (Texas) saves big with Hyper-V and NetApp

Hi, I’m Jim Schwartz, a director of virtualization solutions marketing in Redmond. A great example of why companies are adopting virtualization and the resulting benefits can be seen in Texas, at the City of Frisco. The city, one of the fastest growing in America, needed to scale a siloed IT infrastructure to accommodate data growth of… Read more

LiveMeeting on Microsoft’s Integrated Virtualization Strategy: Thursday, Nov. 19, 8:00 AM PST

Join us Thursday, November 19, 8:00 AM PST for a LiveMeeting session on “Microsoft’s Integrated Virtualization Strategy, Products and Solutions” presented by Kenon Owens, Technical Product Manager. This LiveMeeting is exclusive to members of the System Center Influencers Program (which is also open to virtualization enthusiasts).  Not a member?  Visit the program overview on TechNet… Read more

Visual Studio Lab Management 2010 beta 2

Hello, this is Bryon Surace again.  I’m a senior program manager on the Windows virtualization team at Microsoft.   Recently, the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 beta 2 became available for public download.  Part of this release is the Beta 2 version of Visual Studio Team System 2010 Lab Management; an integrated solution… Read more

Re-blog: Microsoft Site Recovery Solution Launch

I’m re-blogging here. Over at Virt Planet blog, Jim wrote the following: This week Microsoft is launching a comprehensive solution to help customers implement cost effective, end-to-end site recovery programs. Built on proven capabilities in Windows Server 2008 R2 and the System Center management suite, Microsoft is helping IT Professionals leverage Windows Server Hyper-V and… Read more

Upcoming Webcasts on Best Practices for Virtualizing MS Server Applications

We’ve got some great webcasts coming up in the next few weeks to discuss recommendations for virtualizing MS server applications and the benefits of choosing hyper-V + System Center as your virtualization solution.  Each technical webcast will focus on a specific server application- Exchange, SQL and SharePoint.   Please see below for detailed information. TechNet Webcast:… Read more

Update: More than recession: IDC’s server virtualization tracker report

Update: The folks at IDC asked that I remove this blog post until further notice. That said, do check out Roger Johnson’s post. He discusses Dell PowerEdge R910 and his Hyper-V deployment at Crutchfield. I met Roger at VMworld 2009. He’s a VCP, having run an ESX Server-based datacenter for some time before Crutchfield moved away from… Read more