VMware Revamps Partner Competency Program, Launches 'Cloud Credits'

VMware has overhauled its Partner Competency program, as well as added new revenue-generating incentives for solution providers selling cloud services, the company announced at this week's VMware Partner Exchange Conference in Las Vegas.

VMware To Lay Off up to 900 Despite Positive Earnings Report

Despite reporting rising revenues in its latest earnings report, cloud and virtualization giant VMware announced on Monday that it would be implementing companywide layoffs.

Office 365, SharePoint and SQL Server: Our Experts Weigh In

At the first Live! 360 conference, top experts will dive into an array of hot IT topics. Get a sneak preview here, as key presenters share their expertise with Redmond Channel Partner.

VMware Snags CFO of Microsoft's Skype Division

VMware Inc. named Jonathan Chadwick its new chief financial officer during its quarterly earnings call on Tuesday.

Possible Microsoft EA Renewal Price Hikes Back in Spotlight

Consulting firm Software Licensing Advisors is once again reporting that organizations may face "stealth" price increases when they renew their Microsoft Enterprise Agreements (EAs).

Windows Server 2012: The 24 Things Microsoft Partners Should Know

With an all-new model of computing, the next version of the Microsoft flagship server OS comes with new editions, licensing, product dependencies, features and partner opportunities.

F5 Collaborating with Microsoft on Network Virtualization Gateway

Microsoft Hyper-V partner F5 Networks on Monday announced a forthcoming network virtualization product designed to move virtual machines (VMs) from traditional datacenters to those based on Windows Server 2012, while preserving management controls.

From VMware to Hyper-V: Microsoft Partners Should Take a People-First Approach

Microsoft is taking an in-your-face approach to convert VMware shops to Hyper-V. When it comes to implementing a migration, though, a partner and customer say it's critical to a successful project to take time with the VMware experts on the customer's IT staff. Making sure they understand how their expertise is still valid and important makes the project go much better.

Microsoft Issues RC of User Experience Virtualization Tool

The test version of Microsoft's User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) tool was made available as a release candidate (RC) last week.

Dell Unveils Windows Server 2012 Products, Outlines Virtualization Vision

Dell on Tuesday detailed its virtualization support efforts and rolled out its Windows Server 2012 product line.

Windows Server 2012 Hits General Availability, Marks Microsoft's 'Cloud OS' Era

After four years of development, Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2012 in a launch event on Tuesday.

Microsoft Speeds Up Office 2013 Installation, Launches 'Office on Demand'

Microsoft detailed its installation scheme for the next generation of Office software on Monday.

Report: OnLive Sold, Staff Laid Off

OnLive, a pioneer in virtual desktop infrastructure-based services and cloud gaming, reportedly shed its staff members and was sold to an undisclosed buyer on Friday.

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.