Can Microsoft Cloud Partners Compete with Windows Azure?

Microsoft's recent cloud moves threaten to push providers away from Redmond and toward virtualization juggernaut VMware.

Report Details Windows Server 2012 Licensing Tips

A new report by consultancy Directions on Microsoft outlines Windows Server 2012 licensing basics and offers insights into less apparent strategic moves to consider before buying Microsoft's newest server technology.

Microsoft: MED-V Not a Cure for Windows XP End-of-Life

Microsoft warned organizations this week that its Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) product won't help them escape Windows XP's expiring lifecycle support.

VMware Inks Largest Acquisition with $1.26 Billion Nicira Buy

Virtualization giant VMware has agreed to purchase Nicira Inc., a provider of software defined networking (SDN) virtualization technology, for $1.26 billion -- the largest and perhaps most significant acquisition by VMware to date.

Microsoft Announces New VDI Brand 'RemoteFX'

Microsoft announced at TechEd last week that it is using the brand name RemoteFX to cover a collection of its virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technologies.

Microsoft Releases MDOP Betas, Kills MED-V

Microsoft released new betas for its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) this week, as well as announced that it "will not invest" in its Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) solution for Windows 8.

Microsoft Revamps Windows Azure with IaaS, Hybrid Cloud Enhancements

Microsoft is planning the most significant upgrade yet to its Windows Azure service, giving the cloud platform long-awaited Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) capabilities and support for Linux instances.

Microsoft Updates Remote Desktop Services for Windows Server 2012

Microsoft this week detailed some of the improvements coming to Remote Desktop Services (RDS) with the release of Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft Details Windows 8 Enterprise Licensing Complications

A recent Microsoft blog providing details about the forthcoming Windows 8 Enterprise edition highlighted the issue of Software Assurance licensing, which seems particularly complicated for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) use.

Microsoft, OnLive Resolve Remote Desktop Spat

The fight between Microsoft and OnLive over how the cloud gaming company was licensing Windows 7 to provide virtual desktop infrastructure services seems to be over.

Analysis: What's Behind Dell's Wyse Acquisition?

Dell raised a few questions among virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) analysts this week with its announcement that it plans to acquire Wyse Technology.

Microsoft Releases Betas of Two MDOP Virtualization Tools

Microsoft on Wednesday released the beta versions of two virtualization tools that will become part of its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) suite.

Memo to Microsoft: Allow a Cleaner Hosted Desktop

An important licensing battle between Microsoft and gaming company OnLive over an app that gives users remote access to a Windows 7 desktop exposes a fault line running through Microsoft's products, business models and its hosting partners.

Microsoft Outlines Multiple Improvements in Windows Server 8 Beta

Microsoft on Thursday formally announced the beta of Windows Server 8, which was made available for download and testing on Wednesday.

VMware Rallies Partners, Announces New Competencies

The day-one general session keynote at VMware Partner Exchange 2012, taking place this week in Las Vegas, began with a relatively low-key presentation to partners, but ended with a serious discussion about upcoming technology and strategy.

Dell Boosts Private-Cloud Ties with Microsoft with vStart 200

Dell has announced the new vStart 200 server, a new hardware product that can host up to 200 virtual machines.

Microsoft Details Windows 8's 'Storage Spaces' Feature

Microsoft talked more about storage options in Windows 8 on Thursday, promising a sophisticated "storage spaces" feature that works with the operating system's New Technology File System (NTFS).

Parallels Adds 3 Execs, Including Microsoft Technical Fellow

Parallels announced Thursday the addition of three senior executives, including a Microsoft technical fellow, to support the cloud services enablement and desktop virtualization company's global growth goals.

Cisco, NEC and Other Microsoft Partners Tap Hyper-V's 'Virtual Switch'

Microsoft spent some time at last week's Build conference to spotlight how five of its major partners -- Cisco, NEC, 5nine, Broadcom and inMon -- are already using the extensible virtual switch in Hyper-V 3.0 for Windows Server 8.

Microsoft: Windows Server 8 Is Its 'Most Cloud-Optimized OS'

Day 2 of Microsoft's Build conference turned part of the spotlight on the company's next-generation server technology, code-named "Windows Server 8."

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