BEWARE THE VMWARE MEMORY VTAX; PLUS–GOOD NEWS FOR HYPER-V…

Virtualization Nation, The last few weeks have been buzzing with virtualization news. Just two examples are the Windows Server “8” Hyper-V Sneak Peek at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and VMware’s creation of the Memory vTax. WPC: A Sneak Peek at Windows Server “8” Hyper-V At WPC, I participated in a keynote and got… Read more

Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Architecture Brief

So you heard about the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program and wonder … what exactly is it? Is it marketecture or is there some meat to it? What do these “pre-architected, pre-validated” solutions consist of, and how were those decisions arrived at? What was the architecture and validation methodology? Well my friend, this post is… Read more

From 2010 to 2011: Walking the Cloud Talk

My colleague David Greschler wrote a blog post for David Marshall’s blog, VM Blog. DavidGr’s blog post is part of a series this month on VM Blog where vendor representatives write about 2011 predictions and looking ahead. See DavidGr’s post here. Following is an excerpt: 2010 was the year of the cloud. We saw some massive changes across the… Read more

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

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

Guest post: EMC and Microsoft Think Big

Hi, I’m Adrian Simays, Hyper-V technical architect at EMC. EMC and Microsoft have been thinking big lately.  How big?  We’ve set out to build and test one of the largest Hyper-V environments in the world.  And why not?  With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft introduced features such as clustered shared volumes (CSVs)… Read more

Virtualization for Server Workloads: Avanade Case Study, NetApp Whitepaper

Our customers often deploy Microsoft server workloads, such as SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange, on Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center, and want to know how other customers have deployed these workloads and if there are deployment guidelines from specific solution partners that can help optimize for scale and business continuity. A case in point is… Read more

Big news: Microsoft and HP team up to move IT forward

This morning Microsoft and HP announced a three-year, $250 million agreement to jointly deliver a new infrastructure-to-application model, advance cloud computing and generally reduce the costs and complexities of IT.      The press release, executive videos and other information about the agreement are available here.   This is a big commitment on the part… 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