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."

Microsoft: Windows 8 Will Come with Hyper-V

Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor will be a part of the forthcoming Windows 8 client operating system, Microsoft announced on Wednesday in a Building Windows 8 blog post.

Microsoft-VMware Rivalry Puts Spotlight on Cloud Licensing

The rivalry between Microsoft and VMware over the costs of tapping virtualization infrastructure has intensified.

Microsoft Enters Open Source Cloud Deal with China Standard Software

Microsoft signed an interoperability and legal agreement on Tuesday with China Standard Software Co. Ltd. (CS2C) as part of a Linux server partnership deal. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Microsoft Extends Interop Support for Red Hat Linux on Hyper-V

Red Hat Linux operating systems running on Microsoft's Hyper-V hypervisor now have continued interoperability support, Microsoft announced on Wednesday.

Microsoft Adds Office 365 Assessment Capabilities to MAP 6.0

Microsoft has added cloud assessment capabilities, including the ability to assess if a computing environment is ready to migrate to Office 365, to the free Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 6.0 (MAP 6.0), which became generally available on Monday.

Windows Thin PC Hits General Availability

Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) is now available for download by Microsoft partners with silver and gold competencies in desktop and virtualization specialties.

Microsoft Opens System Center 2012 for Community Evaluation

The community evaluation program (CEP) for Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (SCVMM 2012) beta began accepting signups on Thursday.

Tech-Ed Roundup: Windows Phone 7, Azure, Top Tweets and More

Microsoft's Tech-Ed 2011 conference, which took place in Atlanta this year, just wrapped up. Here's a handy roundup of all of this week's conference news and analysis from our editors.

Tech-Ed: Kemp Bets Big on Exchange 2010 and Hyper-V

There are broad-based products and there are niche products, but Kemp Technologies' latest product, unveiled this week at Tech-Ed, is a product that's aiming for a niche within a niche.

Tech-Ed: Microsoft Boosts Virtualization Support for Exchange 2010

Microsoft has announced improvements to Exchange 2010 that are designed to avoid supported scenarios when running the software in a virtualized environment.

VMware Announces Deal To Buy Shavlik

Virtualization giant and cloud vendor VMware announced on Monday that it has reached a deal to acquire Shavlik Technologies, a provider of security and management software for servers and desktops.

Will Hyper-V Work with New Intel Chips? It Depends (UPDATED)

According to a Microsoft blog post on Tuesday, the company's Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 R2 cannot perform server virtualization using Intel's new second-generation Core vPro processors, formerly code-named "Sandy Bridge."

Top 10 Microsoft Products: Partners Rate What's Most Important

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Which components of Microsoft's 350-strong product portfolio are the most important to its partners' businesses? To find the answer, we asked the partners themselves -- over 500 of them -- to pick the 10 they and their customers can't go without.

Microsoft Releases SP1 for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, Microsoft's standalone server virtualization solution, got its first service pack on Tuesday.

Dell To Spend $1 Billion on Cloud Computing Initiative

Dell Inc. plans to invest $1 billion in cloud computing over its next fiscal year, the company announced on Thursday.

Microsoft Releases iSCSI Software Target 3.3 to Windows Sever 2008 R2 Users

Microsoft released on Monday iSCSI Software Target 3.3, a Windows Server 2008 R2 addition that allows for shared block storage in storage area networks using the iSCSI protocol.

Microsoft Windows Thin PC CTP Goes Public

A public community technology preview (CTP) of Microsoft's Windows Thin PC (WinTPC) software technology is now available, the company announced on Tuesday.

Amazon Rolls Out EC2 Dedicated Instances for Cloud Customers

Amazon Web Services launched its EC2 Dedicated Instances service on Monday, in response to indications from its enterprise customers that they do not want to share computing resources with other companies.