Seeing is Believing – Microsoft and Red Hat Collaborate

I’ll have to check Bing later for sightings…there must be a report of flying pigs…somewhere. Today Microsoft actually delivered a presentation at the Red Hat Summit!  I wouldn’t have believed it had I not been there (I was one of the presenters).  The session covered the combined effort by Microsoft and Red Hat to make…

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TechEd Big Easy Recap

TechEd North America 2010 in New Orleans is now just a memory (well, and a pile of new t-shirts and other swag in a corner at home!).  There was a great deal to see and learn last week, with much of the focus being on cloud (with and without Azure). I’m amazed at how quickly…

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Windows Server and System Center are the Best Blenders for Your Data Center!

However it happened, all sorts of different hardware, operating systems, applications, and tools have made their homes in our data centers.  Some platforms, tools, and procedures were mandated as part of the adoption of a critical business system.  Often these systems are selected outside IT standards to meet a specific need and not all of…

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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…

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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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Forget the Pre-Historic: Business Critical Means Windows

I just got some help posting to the Windows Server blog about the recently released IDC paper on 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. It’s gotten lots of press…

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Best Part of Training Isn’t the Class…

The end of last month (March) I spent more than a week in Seattle at Microsoft’s internal TechReady conference.  TechReady happens twice a year, and is intended to provide technical training to the thousands of field-based Microsoft consulting, support, and technical sales professionals throughout the world (kind of like a Microsoft only TechEd).  I’ve been…

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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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Low Cost Virtualization: The Undiscovered Benefits

Someone pointed out to me the InfoWorld article this week titled “5 things VMware must do to fend off Microsoft.”  Looking at the article reminded me of the scene in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country when Starfleet came to the realization that the Klingon Empire (their longstanding rival) was dying. I think that the…

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Nothing RISCy About SQL Server on Windows!

Buck Woody has a post this week about sensational combinations like peanut butter with chocolate (taste sensation) and SQL Server with Windows (processing sensation).  It reminded me of another recent post out on Intel’s “The Server Room” blog by Eoin McConnell urging people to get ready for the big train a-coming.  Eoin wasn’t referring to…

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