Forget the Pre-Historic: Business Critical Means Windows

IDC recently released a analysis of the x86 server market “Business-Critical Workloads: Supporting Business-Critical: Computing with an Integrated Server Platform.”  If you don’t have time to read the whitepaper, check out the ComputerWorld webcast covering this material here. What does the white paper show?  Clearly, IT managers have realized that large, proprietary UNIX systems cost… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 to Phase Out Itanium

I’ve written previously about 64-bit and Windows Server and the long, steady adoption of 64-bit computing over the years.  Having been involved in Windows Server support for Alpha processors in the past, and seeing many of the early chapters of 64-bit Windows Server written on Intel’s Itanium architecture, it’s with a sense of nostalgia that… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 + Xeon 7500 = Lightning Fast Performance with Mission-Critical Reliability

I just got back from the Intel Nehalem EX (now known as the Xeon 7500) launch event in Boston. I still can’t believe the benchmarks coming out on Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server and the Xeon 7500. Performance increases are HUGE when compared to the previous Xeon 7400 and earlier Xeons. The specs are… Read more

Improving Online Customer Experience with Microsoft Partner Website Widget

I am pleased to introduce a new set of interactive web tools designed specifically for our infrastructure partners. The Partner Website Widgets help improve online customer experience on our partner websites. They communicate a core set of business value related to services that our partners deliver with Microsoft technologies. How do they work? These tools… Read more

NuStar Energy: IT for growth

Yesterday the marketing team published a case study about NuStar Energy, a crude-oil transportation and storage company that has grown rapidly through acquisitions and recently joined the Fortune 500.  NuStar relies on Windows Server, System Center and Forefront solutions to integrate new people and systems in days.  Their IT department can respond to new business… Read more

"Crossing your fingers," "Rubbing your lucky rabbit's foot," or WSFC? It's your choice.

Cross your fingers.  Rub your lucky rabbit’s foot.  Pray to the server gods.  It won’t happen to you, right?    But what if it does happen?  And the servers are down…    Maybe you can help save your company from some of the heartache and costs of downtime.   Failover Clustering has been around a… Read more

Guest Post: Marathon and Microsoft fault tolerant computing

Hi, I'm Jerry Melnick, chief technology officer at Marathon Technologies. Today we announced an expanded development and marketing agreement with Microsoft that underscores industry recognition of the growing need to eliminate downtime for your most important applications.  Working together, Marathon and Microsoft will bring sophisticated fault tolerant availability technology to Windows Server and Hyper-V.  In a nutshell,… Read more

What a launch!! Thank you IT Pros!!! And some Cool Stuff….

What a Launch Wave it has been! I've just returned from celebrating Windows Server 2008 with many of you all over the world. It was great to hear your stories and see how Windows Server 2008 will fit into many of your organizations. For those of you who were not able to attend a launch… Read more

Essential Business Server at Convergence

Lots happening in Orlando at Convergence 2008 – the Microsoft Dynamics users' conference.  Steve Ballmer and vice president Kirill Tatarinov are speaking and the Dynamics team is making a number of announcements, including a partnership with EDS to extend Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployments, a preview of Dynamics AX 2009 (part of the ERP product portfolio),… Read more