XenDesktop 7 Supports Windows Server 2012

We are excited to see the release of XenDesktop 7 and support our partner Citrix. XenDesktop 7 brings together both XenApp and XenDesktop functionality into a common release and now brings support for Windows Server 2012.  XenDesktop can easily be deployed on Hyper-V and take full advantage of Windows Server 2012 to increase agility, reduce cost,… Read more

Hey channel partners: Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance

 For you channel partners out there, if you don’t know about the Microsoft and Citrix V-Alliance, then speak with either your Microsoft or Citrix contacts. The program is rolled out in Europe, is rolling out in the U.S., and will kick-off soon in Asia. The website is here.  Here’s a brief video that I recorded… Read more

Microsoft and Citrix share their feedback on today’s keynote from VMworld Europe 2010

I’ve had the priviledge to attend Citrix Synergy in Berlin last week, and then attend VMworld Europe in Copenhagen this week. 3,500 attendees last week, and 5,700 this week. It’s great to see the enthusiasm. Today’s keynote at VMworld Europe 2010 was 95% the same content as the San Francisco show at the end of August. Paul… Read more

Items of interest from VMworld 2010

Hi – by now you might have read there’s 17,000 of us attending VMworld in San Francisco. Huge crowds, just as Rick Vanover predicted. Lots of energy and excitement as you can imagine. This post is designed to bring some of the show to you, assuming you’re not attending and queuing up to a session… Read more

Why Does Microsoft exhibit at VMworld?

I’ll be posting more this week about what you’ll see when you visit the Microsoft booth (#1431) at VMworld 2010 U.S. conference next week. You can read an overview at NetworkWorld. But last week a virtualization industry insider and consultant who has followed Microsoft virtualization for 5+ years and has met with Microsoft at the last… Read more

Go vote

The savvy editors of NetworkWorld chose 3 weeks before VMworld 2010 conference to publish an online tech debate between Microsoft and VMware. The topic: who has the better virtualization platform. The editorial summary reads: VMware is the kingpin of virtualization, but the game is changing fast and Microsoft is baking the technology into the very… Read more

VDI reference architecture with HP and Citrix

At HP’s Tech Forum conference, HP started to market a VDI reference architecture, and deployment offer, with us and Citrix. The brochure can be seen here. The VDI offer can be seen here. The nuts and bolts of the architecture includes: HP ProLiant BL460c server blades HP StorageWorks P4800 SAN HP Insight Control for System Center… Read more

VMWare figures out that virtualization is an OS feature

Every now and again, we like to use this forum to provide commentary and context on happenings in the industry. Today’s news from Waltham, Mass. and Palo Alto, Calif. is a good example. On the one hand, there’s a Microsoft competitor. On the other hand, there’s a Microsoft partner (see today’s joint webcast). And if… Read more

Got Questions on Desktop Virtualization? You’re Not Alone…

For those of you who think about desktop management strategies, and how virtualization might fit, I’d recommend reading Edwin Yuen’s new blog post. Some of you may know Edwin as he’s contributed to this blog, now blogs at Virtualization Planet, and has done lots of demos during keynotes. Edwin’s latest post describes our approach to desktop… Read more

Guest post: NetApp and Microsoft See Virtualization Success Together

Hi, I’m Friea Berg from NetApp’s Virtualization Solutions team. Today, I’d like to share how Microsoft and NetApp have been helping customers get the most out of their virtualized infrastructure. Microsoft is a leader in applications, Windows, and management while NetApp leads in highly efficient and flexible storage. By integrating our solutions and joining forces, we provide… Read more