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

Hyper-V Dynamic Memory test for VDI density

Hi, I’m Michael Kleef, senior technical product manager within the Windows Server and Cloud division. As Brad Anderson and I discussed at the TechEd Europe keynote today, Dynamic Memory, a new feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, can increase Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) densities by 40% compared to Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 and… Read more

Hyper-V Cloud Program for private cloud

Hello from Berlin. Microsoft TechEd Europe started today with Brad Anderson’s keynote. Aside from the keynote, you can read the news release here. There are several items that you’ll be interested to know if interested in private cloud computing, virtualization and systems management. The Hyper-V Cloud program is the main item. Here’s a few of the… 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

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

IDC updates server virtualization market numbers: “Virtualize first” is here

The other day the folks at IDC published their worldwide quarterly server virtualization tracker report. You can see the news release here. Some of the main takeaways are: ·       18% of all new servers shipped in Q4’09 were virtualized, up 3% year over year ·       Sales of virtualized servers declined 14% for 2009 ·       Virtualization… Read more

Mark your calendar: Watch the MS Management Summit keynotes

Next Tuesday (20th) and Wednesday (21st) be sure to visit the Microsoft News Center to view the Microsoft Management Summit executive keynotes live on the web.  Don’t miss this opportunity to see Bob Muglia and Brad Anderson discuss the latest IT Management news, MS strategies for datacenter and desktop management, and virtualization and cloud solutions from Microsoft. And did… Read more

RT: Partners Support Microsoft RemoteFX

Today Max Herrmann (who posted on this site on March 18) posted a blog that calls out software and hardware partners’ stated intentions to support Microsoft RemoteFX. You can read Max’s post on the RDS blog. Here’s an excerpt: Today, I am very happy to confirm that the following hardware and software companies, among others, have engaged… Read more

RT: Opalis Software Availability and Roadmap News

Louise Johns blogged about software availability and roadmap news for the Opalis software we acquired in December. Since all of you care about systems management as much as virtualization, I wanted to make sure you saw Louise’s post. Here’s some excerpts: We have started the process of sending notifications of the grant of Opalis software… 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