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

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

Update: More than recession: IDC’s server virtualization tracker report

Update: The folks at IDC asked that I remove this blog post until further notice. That said, do check out Roger Johnson’s post. He discusses Dell PowerEdge R910 and his Hyper-V deployment at Crutchfield. I met Roger at VMworld 2009. He’s a VCP, having run an ESX Server-based datacenter for some time before Crutchfield moved away from… Read more

Linux ICs for Hyper-V and GPLv2

A funny thing happened on the way to work this morning … the Hyper-V Linux integration components (ICs) appeared in Greg Kroah-Hartman’s tree (aka, the Linux Driver Project) of the Linux community. This is the first time Microsoft is contributing code to the Linux kernel; see the Q&A announcement here. The Hyper-V Linux device drivers will… Read more

Virtualization Review’s hypervisor test

The other day, Virtualization Review published a comparative performance test of three hypervisors: VMware ESX 3.5, Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and Citrix XenServer. You can see it here. NOTE – there are few independent, published performance reviews of hypervisors because including ESX in the review without VMware’s permission violates the VMware EULA about posting benchmarks…. Read more

Microsoft at VMworld Europe 2009

VMworld Europe’s tagline this year is “virtually anything is possible”. Kinda reminds me of Mike’s blog post on Monday about Red Hat. And for many IT pros, “virtually anything is possible” might apply to the fact that Microsoft is exhibiting at, and sponsoring, VMworld Europe for the second year in a row. Tres bien, as they say in Cannes…. Read more

The Validated Hypervisor

By now you might have seen that VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 has passed the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program. They announced it here. today announced it has qualified its industry-leading VMware ESX hypervisor under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 (ESX 3.5u2) is the first hypervisor to be… Read more

Thoughts on today’s virtualization licensing and support news

Today we announced some changes to server application licensing and support policies related to running MS server apps on top of anyone’s hypervisor. Several folks have written or blogged about it, here are some: Chris Wolf (Burton Group) Virtualization.info NetworkWorld Windows IT Pro  Thoughts on application mobility licensing As of Sept. 1, 41 Microsoft server… Read more

Guest Post: Why Microsoft and Hyper-V for HostBasket

Hi, my name is Bert Van Pottelberghe, business unit manager at Hostbasket, which is the leading hosting company and SaaS-provider in Belgium with over 30,000 SMB customers. In a recent survey of our datacenter with over 1,000 servers, we saw that the average CPU-usage was only 12%. On the other hand, investments in new server… Read more

Virtualization and Interoperability

Two weeks ago three members of the interoperability Vendor Alliance were in Redmond to test the interoperability capabilities of their virtualization technologies. Citrix, Novell and Sun tested some interoperability scenarios with us here at Microsoft that aim to prove how interoperability is possible on heterogeneous environments where customers are running virtualized environment on multiple platforms…. Read more