Understanding the Costs of Virtualization and Management Operations

Taking a look at virtualization technologies and the benefits it brings to customers can help build an understanding of some of the potential areas cloud computing can also help businesses. Cloud computing takes the concept of virtualization to a whole new level, far beyond the simple server consolidation that many people still associate it with….


Visual Reference of Key Hyper-V Technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2

Like the Windows Server 2008 R2 component poster, the Hyper-V poster is a great visual reference to better understand the key features and components of Hyper-V, and Microsoft virtualization solutions in general including: Architecture Virtual Networking Virtual Machine Snapshots (shown below) Live Migration Storage Interfaces Storage Types Storage Location and Paths Import and Export I…


The Secret to Great Hosting isn’t Finger Food at TechEd, It’s Workloads on Windows!

TechEd North America in New Orleans is only a month away, and I’ve start thinking about those cool TechEd parties hosted by Microsoft and partners.  Attending special events outside of the sessions gives everyone time to socialize and connect up.  It’s a lot of work to host a successful party at a premier technical event…


Ghost Town Tech

Have you ever noticed how sometimes sweeping changes can occur without pomp and circumstance right under our noses and we fail to notice that anything has happened because we are so used to doing things the same old way.  Have you been to a ghost town… uhhh.. I mean the local branch of your bank…


Linux on Hyper-V Makes Even More Cents Now!

One of my early posts on this blog went into detail about value of Hyper-V, and the ability to easily backup and recover servers in new and inexpensive ways.  I explained that encapsulating all sorts of (even non-Windows) operating systems in Hyper-V enables backup snapshots of running systems at no additional cost. In another post,…


Ready to Virtualize? Do you need a MAP?

Hopefully by now you are looking at virtualization of your servers, application, and various other IT needs as viable candidates to support your business.  As you may have found during your research, there are several benefits virtualization can give your organization.  Virtualization will help to: Reduce Costs Hardware Facility Energy Simplify Management and Support Reduce…


RDS, VDI, and App-V User Experience

The ability to deliver a desktop with full fidelity over a network, while deploying applications on demand and with hardware independence, is an IT reality with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Application Virtualization (App-V) which is part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). This screencast highlights how these three amazing technologies work as…


Windows Server 2008 R2 Virtualization gets Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX

Windows Server 2008 R2 also got some great enhancements as well.  RemoteFX is a new enhancement for Hyper-V, which will allow the ability to run 3D applications within a Hyper-V VM.  This allows the virtual desktop experience to get even closer to the look and feel of an actual desktop.  IT provides a great multimedia…


Windows Server in an Amazon Cloud

This week Microsoft began allowing the modification of the terms of some of its Enterprise licensing agreements to allow large customers in the United States to run their Windows Servers in the Amazon Cloud.  Larry Dignan at ZDNET posted a great article on the details of the process and the potential costs of this operation.  …