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,…

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Big Iron Now Means Big Workloads on Windows

IBM has gazed into their crystal ball, and it seems they see the future as x86! IBM (the makers of big iron) last week announced their new eX5 server line based on Intel’s Nehalem processor line.  IBM’s eX5 blade systems promise to allow significantly higher memory density (via an external memory expansion chassis) than existing…

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New Independent Virtualization Conferences Starting to Make their Mark

With more companies moving towards a virtualized datacenter and thinking about how to gain efficiencies through integrated management, there’s strong interest for good information on how to achieve these results. There are a few “industry” events that cater to virtualization, but the most popular ones are not always the most vendor-neutral. As a result, independent…


Because It’s Everybody’s Business is Just That – For EVERYBODY

Our Customers want to see the best benefit for their IT dollars. Whether they are a large organization with thousands of servers, or a small home based business with just a few, they need to be agile in responding to their business needs, which means they need the flexibility virtualization provides. But, as Tom Bittman,…


Hyper-V: CSV not Required for Live Migration

I received a great question about something I said in my post on the great value of Hyper-V backup – that CSV is not required for Live Migration.  One reader (thanks Dan), called me on this, because all of the documentation he had seen spoke of them together – including this article: “Hyper-V: Using Live…

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Are SQL Servers good candidates for Virtualization…YES!

With the release of Windows Server 2008 R2, we went back to our SQL team and asked them if we could get some guidance on virtualizing SQL Server. They have posted a video on the benefits of SQL Server consolidation as well as a great whitepaper on SQL Server consolidation. I posted a blog about this, earlier this week regarding some…


HP and Microsoft Expand Partnership: Virtualization

This is an exciting time to be in the IT industry. When you see two companies working together for the common good of their customers, it is very exciting. Today, Microsoft and HP announced an extension to their 25 year Frontline partnership. This is an agreement to invest $250 million over the next three years…


Modernization Doesn’t Mean Using Mainframes in Expensive and Wasteful Ways!

You may know that I’m part of the Windows Server Platform Strategy team and am involved with Open Source engagement at Microsoft.  I do my best to keep up to speed with the comings and goings of Open Source and Linux in enterprises, and how Windows can best be used by organizations in cost effective…

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Datacenter Virtualization in Windows Server 2008: Year in Review

Wow! I can’t believe 2009 is almost over. It has been a tremendous year, and Virtualization has come a long way in just a year. With the mid-year RTM of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, we have seen a great step forward in Virtualization capabilities. Hyper-V had been making some strong inroads with…


Hyper-V R2 Can Give You Backup / Recovery Options You Never Had Before!

Times are tough, and belts are tight.  Many companies have looked to server virtualization to reduce costs through hardware consolidation.  Cutting costs by combining server instances onto fewer physical systems can reduce costs, but could you do more?  Are you squeezing the right cost without putting your organization at risk?  Could you actually save more…

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