Microsoft Virtualization: Best Choice for MS Server Applications

Hello, I’m Zane Adam, general manager of Virtualization and Systems Management.  As more and more customers are looking at virtualization to help reduce cost and decrease complexity in their infrastructure, we are seeing lots of questions around virtualizing MS server applications such as Exchange, SQL and SharePoint.  What benefits should I expect to see? What do I need… Read more

The Virtualization platform vs. the Operating System

Day 1 at VMworld was mostly about Labs and content which builds up to the main event starting with the keynote on Tuesday morning. Looking forward to today. In the meanwhile I have been hearing about a concept being put forth that the virtualization platform is it and the OS is but relegated to the… Read more

Follow us on Twitter and get a chance to win a Zune HD

I now have the final list of sessions that I will be attending at VMworld. As I noted last time I had a lot of waitlists which it now appears I have not made the cut for most of the sessions. That means I will be at our booth (#2422) almost all of today (Aug… Read more

VMworld 2009 an oppurtunity to meet our customers

Hi, I am Vijay Tewari a program manager with the Virtualization team here at Microsoft. Having spent the last 15 months or so deeply involved in the development of Hyper-V I am really looking forward to meeting customers and partners at VMworld 2009.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office” /> Much is being made about… Read more

Partner Resources: Windows Error Reporting & More

Virtualization Nation, In my last blog, I discussed the importance of a Security Development Lifecycle and how we’re making resources available to our customers and partners. Today, I want to discuss a more resources Microsoft provides our partners to develop and refine their products running on Windows and point out opportunities for integration with Hyper-V…. Read more

Hypervisor Footprint Debate Part 3: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V & VMware ESXi 3.5

In my last two blog posts (Part 1 & Part 2), I started an in depth analysis tackling VMware’s claims head on that because their disk footprint is smaller and ESX/ESXi are single purpose hypervisors, they are therefore more secure. If that’s the case, then it stands to reason that ESX/ESXi: should have fewer patches… Read more

Hypervisor Footprint Debate Part 1 UPDATE: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 & VMware ESXi 3.5

Virtualization Nation, In my last blog post, I started an in depth analysis tackling VMware’s claims head on that because their disk footprint is smaller and ESX/ESXi are single purpose hypervisors, they are therefore more secure. I read some posts on the blogosphere that had questions about the methodology. Let’s dive in. Didn’t Compare The… Read more

Hypervisor Footprint Debate Part 1: Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 & VMware ESXi 3.5

Virtualization Nation, After my recent blog discussing the release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, we received overwhelmingly positive feedback. At the same time, there’s still some skepticism about free Live Migration and almost daily we keep hearing, “This is too good to be true, is Live Migration really free? Is High Availability also free?… Read more

CentOS, OpenSUSE & More Linux Distros on Hyper-V R2!

Virtualization Nation, Just a couple of weeks ago, we surprised a few folks by contributing over 20,000 lines of source code to the Linux kernel under GPL V2. Here are some quotes from the announcement: Our work in this area is all about providing more flexibility and choice, and requests from our customers and partners… Read more

Promotion of Brad Anderson to Corporate Vice President, Management and Services Division

It comes as no surprise to the regular readers of this blog, that a key tenant of Microsoft’s virtualization strategy is that customers should be able to manage their physical and virtual IT resources from the same set of easy to use tools.  It seems that customers agree, as demonstrated through the growth of the… Read more