Answering Exchange Virtualization Questions and Addressing Misleading VMware Guidance

I recommend anyone who is considering virtualizing MS Exchange read Jim Lucey’s blog post and the comments below his post. VMware’s HA guidance on virtualizing Exchange could be mis-interpreted, resulting in increased storage costs and placing data at risk. Here’s an excerpt: We love that our customers are excited to deploy Exchange Server within virtualized environments. While VMware… Read more

Reducing the cost of virtualization using Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center

My name is Elliott Morris, manager of what’s known within Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business as the “War on Cost team.” The team’s role is to collect operational data from business and public sector customers to understand their costs for deploying, operating and managing Microsoft server and desktop software. We use this information to improve our products, and… 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

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

Repost: Resellers and SIs check out our virtualization partner profitability toolkit

This post is for all the Microsoft channel partners who read this blog. You’ll want to check out our new virtualization partner profitability toolkit (here). David Greschler’s blog here sums it up better than I could. Here’s an excerpt: Every partner knows about the great opportunity to sell virtualization technology and services. For a while, that… Read more

Guest post: "Setting the Record Straight – 9 Reasons Why Hyper-V is a Great Choice for Enterprises"

Hi, my name is Chris Steffen, architect with Kroll Factual Data. You may have read one of my prior guest posts.   Recently, I came across an InformationWeek Analytics Weblog that asserted a bunch of half truths and misinformation about Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization solution. Usually, I can just let it go (everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, right?), but… Read more

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

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

Virtualization: desktop to datacenter

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog … but that one really caused a stir in the Virt circles in the Bay Area. Hopefully it doesn’t mean I can’t hit up those people for Sharks tickets. I’ve stumbled across some interesting items that I wanted to share with you. Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2009 R2… Read more

Update: What you won’t see at VMworld 2009

This post is for the readers out there that will be attending VMworld, or have colleagues attending VMworld.   There’s been some speculative statements made in the press and blogs in the past 24 hours, so I want to try to set the record straight: 1.       Microsoft will be exhibiting at VMworld 2009. Can’t wait!… Read more