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

Customer Spotlight: Target Corp. Eliminates Performance Bottlenecks with Hyper-V

Hi everyone. I’m Fritz DeBrine, senior group manager for Server Technology & Enterprise Storage with Target Corporation. Here with me is Keith Narr, technical architect consultant in our Infrastructure Strategy & Architecture team. It’s been fun reading this blog and learning about how real-life workloads are being deployed on Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V… 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

Hands-On-Labs at TechEd, Virtualization at work!!!

One of the fun parts of being in a team that develops Hyper-V is seeing it in action. Here at TechEd 2010 in New Orleans, Hyper-V and the System Center Suite are running the Hands-On-Lab infrastructure. Powering the labs for the 11,000 people here at TechEd are 25 x HP380G6’s. The detailed specs of each… 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

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

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