Microsoft and Intel squeezed hyper-convergence into the overhead bin

This post was authored by Cosmos Darwin, Program Manager, Windows Server. The Challenge In the Windows Server team, we tend to focus on going big. Our enterprise customers and service providers are increasingly relying on Windows as the foundation of their software-defined datacenters, and needless to say, our hyperscale public cloud Azure does too. Recent… Read more

Enabling Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V virtualization based security features on other platforms

This post was authored by Mike Schutz, General Manager, Cloud Platform. Security is a top-of-mind topic for every organization. This is why Microsoft is investing deeply to provide advanced security across our technology portfolio. With the launch of Windows Server 2016 this week, we introduced new advanced multi-layer security capabilities to provide additional ways to… Read more

Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V large-scale VM performance for in-memory transaction processing

This post was authored by Liang Yang, Principal Performance Engineer on the Hyper-V team and Jos de Bruijn, Senior Program Manager on the SQL Server team. With Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has significantly bumped up the Hyper-V Virtual Machine (VM) scale limit to embrace new scenarios such as running e-commerce large in-memory databases for Online… Read more

Windows Server scalability and more!

This post was authored by Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager, Windows Server. We are about a month away from Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta and we are eager to see you and provide a first-class tour of Windows Server, System Center, OMS, Azure, along with so much more. For those of you who have been… Read more

Announcing the new VMware migration offer for Windows Server 2016

With the launch of Windows Server 2016, customers have more reasons than ever to switch from VMware to Microsoft. We want to make it an easy decision for VMware customers to switch to Hyper-V, so today we are announcing a new VMware migration offer. Free Windows Server Datacenter licenses when you buy Windows Server Datacenter… Read more

What’s new in failover clustering: #08 Cloud Witness

This post was authored by Amitabh Tamhane, Program Manager, Windows Server Introduction The primary goal of failover clustering in Windows Server is to provide a reliable infrastructure to make workloads highly available. Configuring quorum correctly for failover clusters is an important step in ensuring high availability for the cluster itself. This helps to make applications… Read more

Microsoft a leader in Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure 2016 Magic Quadrant

We’re incredibly excited to share that for the sixth year in a row, Microsoft was named a Leader by Gartner in the x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant. We are honored by this continued recognition because it validates the relentless approach we’ve taken to creating a world-class virtualization platform for our customers. It is also… Read more