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Aug 27, 2013
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VMworld 2013 Briefing: Vision Solutions Double-Take 7.0

Vision Solutions Double-Take 7.0 provides cross hypervisor high availability...More
Aug 27, 2013
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VMworld 2013 Live: Day 2

In the day 2 keynote at VMworld 2013 Carl Esenbach President and Chief Operating Officer demonstrated many of the new products that Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, announced the day before. Carl started out by saying that the official overall attendee count for this year’s VMworld 2013 was 22,500 -- making it the biggest VMworld conference so far. Carl then recapped the vSphere 5.5, vCloud Suite 5.5 and NSX network virtualization announcements...More
Aug 26, 2013
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VMworld 2013 Live: Day 1

VMware announces vSphere 5.5 and vCloud Suite 5.5 at VMworld 2013...More
Jul 31, 2013
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Windows RT Really Isn’t So Bad 4

Windows RT works as a consumer oriented tablet...More
Microsoft Management Summit 2013
Apr 9, 2013
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Live from Microsoft Management Summit 2013: Day 2

Michael Otey, senior technical director for Windows IT Pro, and Sean Deuby, technical director for Windows IT Pro, met with Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager, Windows Server and System Center, and Michael Schutz, General Manager, Server and Tools Marketing, at MMS 2013 to discuss the significant maturation of Windows Server 2012 and the System Center management infrastructure....More
Microsoft Management Summit
Apr 9, 2013
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Live from Microsoft Management Summit 2013

At this year’s Microsoft Management Summit 2013, Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft, demonstrated how Microsoft’s current System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 management tools can seamlessly extend your data center into the Windows Azure cloud....More
Oct 10, 2012
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VMware Expands Cloud Management Offering

At this week’s VMworld Europe 2012 conference in Barcelona VMware announced several new and updated products to expand its cloud and virtualization management offerings. VMware’s new cloud management solutions build on the the software defined datacenter platform that they presented in their vCloud Suite 5.1 announcements at the previous VMworld 2012 held in San Francisco. The management of the cloud is the next layer of the virtual IT infrastructure and VMware’s new cloud management products simplify and automate management by enabling IT to manage services across heterogeneous clouds....More
Sep 11, 2012
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VMworld 2012: NEC Announces new R320c Fault Tolerant Server

At VMworld 2012 in San Francisco Hiro Matsunami, Senior Manager Product Management Servers & Systems Software Division and Chas Weber, Director Strategic Alliances of NEC briefed me about NEC’s upcoming R320c fault tolerant server. The new R320c is the sixth generation of NEC fault tolerant servers. NEC first began manufacturing fault tolerant servers back in 2000.  Unlike general purpose servers which are rendered inoperable when a major component fails, fault tolerant servers like the R320c are designed to withstand all types of component failures with no downtime....More
Aug 29, 2012
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VMworld 2012: HP Releases VMware View Optimized Thin Clients

One of the growing trends in the industry is the move toward hosted desktop virtualization also known as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure or VDI.   VDI deployments are often used in highly secure implementations like the military and the Department of Defense. At VMworld 2012 I met with with Christian Jones, HP Thin Client product marketing manager to talk about HP’s new line of thin clients....More
Aug 29, 2012
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VMworld 2012: DataCore SANsymphony-V Virtualizes Storage

One of the most interesting meetings I had at this year’s VMworld 2012 was with Steve Houck Chief Operating Officer of DataCore Software. Steve explained that DataCore has been in the storage virtualization business  for the past 14 years and that SANsymphony-V is the ninth release of their flagship product.  Just like VMware virtualizes compute and memory resources, DataCore’s SANsymphony-V abstracts and virtualizes storage resources....More
Aug 28, 2012
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VMworld 2012: NEC's Cloud in Vault

Today many companies are looking into the different cloud computing offerings provided by different vendors. Most of those vendors provide off-site services where the business has little of no control over the servers or the data. Trusting security, data integrity and performance levels to the cloud vendor. At this past VMworld 2012 I met with NEC’s Bill Michael, Director Cloud Services to discuss NEC’s new Cloud in a Vault service....More
Aug 28, 2012
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VMworld 2012: Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots

On the second day of VMworld 2012 I met with Ratmir Timashev President and CEO of Veeam Sotware. Veeam is primary known for their market leading Veeam Backup & Replication product which started in the VMware space. Last December Veeam expanded it to support Microsoft Hyper-V as well. Interestingly, Ratmir has a long history with Windows IT Pro and while working with a former employer he took part in a network hack challenge with Windows NT Magazine (our former incarnation) uncovering several network vulnerabilities in our labs at the time....More
Aug 28, 2012
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VMworld 2012: New VMware Releases Targets the SMB

While VMware’s new enterprise oriented vCloud Suite 5.1 garnered the bulk of the media’s attention at VMworld 2012, VMware has not forgotten about SMBs. At this past VMworld 2012 I met with Russell Stockdate, Vice President and General Manager, SMB Solutions for VMware. Russell explained how VMware has just come out with two new releases targeting organization with 1000 or fewer employees: vSphere 5.1 Essentials Plus vSphere 5.1 Standard Edition with Operations Management...More
Aug 27, 2012
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VMworld 2012: VMware Announces vCloud Suite 5.1

On day one of VMworld 2012 VMware announced the release of their new vCloud Suite 5.1 product line to the more than 20,000 attendees in San Francisco's Moscone Center.  The vCloud Suite represents the next evolution of virtualization where virtualization moves beyond simple server virtualization into what VMware terms the software defined datacenter. The goal of the software defined datacenter is to make IT infrastructure more efficient and agile by extending virtualization and abstraction to the storage and networking portions of the datacenter....More
Jul 20, 2012
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VMware names Gelsinger new CEO, Maritz moves to new technology strategist role at EMC

As part of their July 17th earning announcement VMware ended recent rumors by confirming that they will name EMC COO and ex-Intel exec Pat Gelsinger as CEO of VMware. They also announced that current CEO Paul Maritz formerly with Microsoft will take on a new role of technology strategist at EMC and will remain on the VMware board of directors. VMware also projected record quarterly revenues of approximately $1.12 billion which is up 22 % over Q2 2011. In addition, VMware announced that they expect their full-year 2012 revenues to be between $4.54 billion and $4.64 billion....More
Jul 17, 2012
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VMware Replaces CEO Paul Maritz

Although no official announcement has been made at this time it’s expected that VMware will replace Paul Maritz as CEO. Formerly with Intel and Microsoft, Maritz acted as CEO of VMware since 2008 replacing co-founder and CEO Diane Greene. Rumors for the move include dropping earnings after an unpopular price increase in 2011 that set some customers looking for cheaper alternatives like Microsoft’s Hyper-V. It’s expected that VMware will replace Maritz with former Intel exec and EMC COO Pat Gelsinger before their July 23rd earnings announcement....More
Jul 10, 2012
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Windows Partner Conference 2012: August RTM for Windows 8 and Server 2012

If year’s WPC 2012 conference is any indication there’s a ton of partner interest in this year’s new Windows client and server operating system releases. This year’s WPC in Toronto boasts 16,000 attendees from around the globe. To say there’s a lot of excitement around the upcoming Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 releases would definitely be an understatement....More
Jun 25, 2012
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TechEd 2012: HP Offers New t610 Thin Client

One of the unintended side effects of the growth of virtualization and cloud computing is the resurgence of the thin client. At this past TechEd in Orlando I met with Diana Wong, HP thin client embedded product manager and Karin Taylor Worldwide PR Manager to look at HP’s new t610 thin client PC-like experience for virtualized desktop environments. The t610 thin clients deliver full scale PC power in a small and inexpensive form factor....More
Jun 1, 2012
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Check Out the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidates 1

Just like clockwork Microsoft has come out with the release candidates for the next generation of the Windows client and server operating systems. Earlier this year Microsoft projected that they would have the release candidates for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 available in early June and on June 1st both release candidates were publically available. In this day of ever increasing complexity and OS requirements there’s no doubt that’s the result of some excellent execution on the part of the Microsoft development teams....More
Jan 17, 2012
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Microsoft System Center 2012 Enables the Private Cloud 1

This past week Jeff James, Sean Deuby and I attended a Private Cloud Workshop that Microsoft held at their Redmond campus. Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President Server & Tool Business kicked off this two day event by sharing some interesting statics about the use of System Center in the enterprise as well as stating that System Center has significant advantages in managing the private cloud over all of the competing products....More
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