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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
Oct 11, 2011
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Industry Bytes: NEC Introduces the new M-Series Storage Family

I recently met with Michael Alvarado, SAN storage product manager, of NEC about their M100 storage array which has just been released in the United States. The M100 storage array family is an entry-level storage device that provides the performance and features of enterprise class storage devices. The M100 has a user friendly web-based GUI that makes it easy to navigate and manage storage pools and RAID levels as well as setting up replication....More
Sep 29, 2011
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Industry Bytes: NEC Introduces New ProgrammableFlow Networking Products

At this past VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas I met with NEC to discuss some of their new product releases. On the enterprise networking front NEC I met with Don Clark director of business development for ProgrammableFlow for NEC about their new ProgrammableFlow networking products. While most people don’t think about NEC as a networking company NEC is actually one of the top 3 networking vendors in the Japanese market....More
Sep 29, 2011
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Industry Bytes: Nimbula Unveils New Cloud OS

At VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas I meet with Reza Malekzadeh, VP of Marketing and Kuyper Hoffman, Sr. Systems Engineer from Nimula to talk about the new release of Nimbula their cloud operating system. Nimbula was founded two years ago by two former Amazon executives that lead the development of Amazon’s EC2 public cloud service. With Nimbula they built on those EC2 concepts and created a cloud OS technology that delivers EC2-like services that can work either behind the firewall as a private cloud or as a public cloud service....More
Sep 16, 2011
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Industry Bytes: Cortado Corporate Server 5.3 Provides Enterprise Access for Smartphones and Tablets

At this past VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas, Jeff James and I met with Henning Volker President and CEO of Cortado to discuss the latest improvements in Cortado Corporate server 5.3. Cortado Corporate Server 5.3 enables you to integrate smartphones and tablets like the iPad into your corporate IT infrastructure. If the Corado name seems unfamiliar you might know them better as ThinPrint....More
Sep 15, 2011
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BUILD 2011: The Two Minute Takeaway

Client Touch - No, the iPad wasn’t enough to convince me. No, my Android phone wasn’t enough to convince me either. Windows 8 sold it. Touch is the next input medium. Call me a slow learner but the difference is in the ability to produce content. Neither the iPad or the Android provide it. Windows 8 on the tablet does -- in spades. Windows 8 on the tablet can run Office and Visual Studio and can be used to do all the the things I really need – its not just a glorified web browser....More
Sep 15, 2011
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Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V 3.0 Evens the Odds with vSphere 3

At the recent Windows Server Workshop at the Microsoft campus in Redmond Washington Jeff Woolsey, Principle Program Manager Lead for Windows Virtualization in the Windows Server and Cloud division presented the new features in the next version of their Hyper-V virtualization platform....More
Sep 2, 2011
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Views from VMworld: Mobile Device Virtualization Becomes a Reality

The most interesting meeting I had at this past VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas was with Hoofar Razavi, Director of Product Management Mobile Solutions for VMware. I had known that VMware had been working a mobile device virtualization solution for the past couple of years. However, I didn’t know that the availability of this technology is imminent. Hoofar explained that VMware had successfully implemented a mobile device hypervisor which currently supports Google’s Android OS....More
Aug 31, 2011
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Views from VMworld: VMware Takes Aim at SMB Virtualization 1

VMware’s position as the leading enterprise virtualization platform has been secured for many years. However, their position in the SMB market is not nearly so well entrenched. In the SMB market price and complexity have been hurdles that VMware has had trouble getting over. Timothy Stephan, Senior Director of Product Marketing met with me during VMworld 2011 to explain how VMware’s vSphere 5 release takes aim at SMB organizations....More
Aug 31, 2011
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Views from VMworld: Private Cloud Licensing - Microsoft vs. VMware

There are important differences in the way Microsoft and VMware license their cloud offerings...More
Jul 15, 2011
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Test Live Migration using Microsoft’s Free iSCSI Target

If you’ve been interested in testing Hyper-V’s Live Migration but you don’t have a SAN well wait no more. Microsoft has released a free iSCSI Target software that allows a Windows Server 2008 R2 system to act like an iSCSI SAN. The Microsoft iSCSI Target software is fully supported with Hyper-V and it allows you to set up shared storage for multiple iSCSI clients – including multiple Hyper-V hosts....More
Jun 16, 2011
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Keeping Mission Critical Applications Available - 16 Jun 2011

If you’re interesting in learning about increasing the availability of your mission critical applications you should check out the free Virtual Conference put on by Windows IT Pro magazine on June 29th.  John Savill, Paul Robichaux, Mike Campbell, and I will be presenting the following sessions: Windows Server Clustering: the Good, the Better, and the Best Keeping Exchange Available: DAGs in Exchange 2010 High Availability Isn’t Disaster Recovery Choosing Between SQL Server’s...More
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