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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
May 31, 2011
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Industry Bytes: Virsto VSI for Hyper-V

At this past TechEd 2011 in Atlanta I met with Gregg Holzrichter, the VP of marketing for Virsto. Virsto makes Virsto VSI for Hyper-V which is storage virtualization software for Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization platform. Virsto claims that it can achieve a 3X improvement in Hyper-V storage performance and can decrease storage by up to 90% in some VDI scenarios. Vistso works by optimizing the I/O that the Hyper-V host writes to disk....More
Mar 23, 2011
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Microsoft releases System Center Configuration Manager 2012 beta 2

On the second day’s keynote at MMS 2011 Brad Anderson announced the Microsoft was releasing the second public beta of System Center Configuration Manager 2012....More
Mar 22, 2011
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Virtual Machine Manager 2012 public beta is available

At MMS 2012 in Las Vegas Microsoft demoed various members of the the new System Center 2012 management suite. All of the products showed a strong cloud and service focus. One of the products with the most changes was Virtual Machine Manager 2012....More
Mar 15, 2011
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Microsoft Releases Visual Studio LightSwitch beta 2 - 15 Mar 2011

Visual Studio LightSwitch is Microsoft’s newest development tool. LightSwitch is designed to allow non-developers to create data driven applications for Windows or the Web.LightSwitch uses predefined templates to make it easy to develop new applications. LightSwitch generates either VB or C# code....More
Jan 19, 2011
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Microsoft and HP Release New BI Appliances 3

Today, January 19th 2010, Microsoft and HP released three new business appliances as well as announcing that two additional business appliances would be available before the end of the year. Each of these new appliances will come with the operating system and server software preinstalled simplifying their deployment into the enterprise....More
Jan 13, 2011
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Microsoft Releases Web Matrix - 13 Jan 2011

Web Matrix is a new  low-end web development tool from Microsoft. Web Matrix is completely free. It’s designed to make it easy for novice developers to incorporate open-source web applications like Word Press, Drupal and nopCommerce into their new sites by providing built-in templates for these applications....More
Nov 11, 2010
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Microsoft announces SQL Server code-named “Denali” at PASS

At this year’s PASS conference in Seattle Microsoft announced the next release of SQL Server code-named “Denali”....More
Oct 28, 2010
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From PDC: Microsoft Pushes Windows Phone and Announces Azure Enhancements

This morning’s PDC keynote was highlighted by presentations by Steve Ballmer, Bob Muglia, Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich and Don Box. Steve Ballmer pushed Windows Phone 7 and announced that all the lucky PDC paid attendees would get a free Windows Phone 7 device. Pretty cool. The other portions of the keynote were all about Windows Azure and SQL Azure. ...More
Sep 1, 2010
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NEC Express5800/R320a Fault Tolerant Server 1

Another very interesting product I saw at VMworld was NECs Express5800/R320a server. This server is particularly well suited to mission critical workloads like virtualization and database serving because it offers in-the-box fault tolerance. NEC’s server line of products aren’t well known in the US but they are in widely used in Japan....More
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