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

Why Does Microsoft exhibit at VMworld?

I’ll be posting more this week about what you’ll see when you visit the Microsoft booth (#1431) at VMworld 2010 U.S. conference next week. You can read an overview at NetworkWorld. But last week a virtualization industry insider and consultant who has followed Microsoft virtualization for 5+ years and has met with Microsoft at the last… 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

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

Repost: Dynamic Memory Coming to Hyper-V Part 5…

===================================================================== Preamble: The point of this series, and the spirit in which it is written, is to take a holistic approach at the issues facing our customers, discuss the complexities with regard to memory management and explain why we’re taking the approach we are with Hyper-V Dynamic Memory. This isn’t meant to criticize anyone or… 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

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

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

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