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

MED-V 2.0 beta is available – for Windows 7 migrations

You’ll be interested to know that MED-V 2.0 beta is available to download today. Karri blogged about it over at the Windows team blog [here]. Here’s an excerpt from Karri’s blog: With MED-V 2.0 Beta, we have been listening to customer feedback to further simplify the MED-V experience by enabling one-time sign on to the… 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

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

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

Microsoft at Citrix Synergy 2010: From the Desktop to the Cloud

Hello from San Francisco, host city of Citrix Synergy, where I will be joining Citrix’s CEO, Mark Templeton, for a keynote on desktop virtualization, Microsoft’s vision for the datacenter, and how we will extend our partnership to help you in the cloud. Helping business and IT manage across shifting conditions has been a shared focus… Read more

What’s coming up with the next versions of SCOM and SCVMM

Check out Anant’s blog post over at Dynamic Datacenter Alliance blog. He writes about updates to System Center Operations Manager and SC Virtual Machine Manager. These updates were made this week at MS Management Summit. Here’s an excerpt from Anant’s blog: System Center Virtual Machine Manager ·         Service lifecycle management, including creation, deployment and updates… 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

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