Virtualization


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.

Microsoft Rolls Out Server App-V for Azure with SCVMM 2012 Beta

The beta of Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012, which Microsoft released earlier this week as part of the unveiling of the System Center 2012 line, includes the company's Server Application Virtualization tool for Windows Azure.

Microsoft Uses Target Corp. To Promote Hyper-V

On Monday, Microsoft touted its server virtualization offerings as being key to reducing U.S. retailer Target Corp.'s physical server footprint.

Microsoft Outlines 'Optimized Desktop' Virtualization Plan

Microsoft recently discussed its "optimized desktop" concept and "dynamic delivery" strategies, which tap into the company's virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), application virtualization and Remote Desktop Services technologies.

Microsoft Announces MED-V, App-V Updates

Microsoft has made available the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2011, which includes updated desktop virtualization and application virtualization tools.

CA Partner Portal Aims To Prevent 'Virtual Stall'

CA has created a microsite for partners to help them sell the CA Virtual portfolio and get past the "virtual stall" that often occurs when customers get about 30 percent of their servers virtualized.

Parallels Names Former Microsoft Exec CEO

Parallels has just given partners more reasons to pay attention to the company: Today it promoted former Microsoft executive Birger Steen to CEO.

Microsoft To Release Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 This Week

According to a Microsoft blog, Windows MultiPoint Server 2011 will be available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers later this week.

Microsoft Unveils Upcoming Windows 7 VDI and Security Options

A Microsoft official briefly noted on Thursday that Microsoft is planning two new options for IT organizations using Windows 7 -- but the catch is that Software Assurance (SA) licensing needs to be in place.