Virtualization – More Bang, Less Buck

Yesterday, David Greschler posted a bit on HyperV and System Center which referenced a recent InfoWorld article as well as a recent study from ESG on performance. Towards the end of Greschler’s post, he covered pricing which will be increasingly important as instances per server continue to grow. In a recent post, I wrote about…

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Service Provider License Agreement (SPLA) changes for Windows Server

Summary for the Service Provider IT Professionals / Procurement Officers who are desperately late for a meeting and spilling coffee as they run down the hall… There are some pricing changes for Windows Server in SPLA that take effect January 1st.  This does not affect the pricing in the other volume licensing programs.  If you…

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Virtual Machine Meets Physical License – 3 Things you care about in the cloud

At the PDC, the volume of announcements on product updates, new offers and emerging technology can be so high that details can be easily lost.  While there are those who pride themselves on detecting every nuance, my guess is there are developers, customers and service providers looking for a little more information on what the…

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Azure Dev Challenge Questions Tackled

Last month Microsoft announced its first-ever Azure Developer Challenge. Since then, we’ve received strong interest and several questions about the competition.   The question I most frequently receive is, “Why is the Azure Dev Challenge open to US residents only?” I am pleased to announce that starting today the Azure Developer Challenge is open to…

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TechEd USA 2009 wrap up

Friday concluded this year’s TechED: North America. We were delighted to have thousands of developers, IT professionals and technology decision makers in attendance, gaining insights into how to make their applications, infrastructures and businesses more innovative and cost effective. Both continue to be core priorities in today’s economy.   Bill Veghte announced the availability of…

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Two flavors of cloud computing – Public and Private

Six years ago we announced a multi-year, multi-product vision for the Enterprise which we called Dynamic IT.  The principles were simple – virtualization, model driven, services oriented and user centric.  Shortly thereafter, we began to conceptualize a services-based offering in the cloud which culminated in our Azure Services Platform announcement last October.  These two initiatives…

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Walking the Walk – the Cloud and Standards

Earlier today, the DMTF announced the creation of the “Open Standards Cloud Incubator” group which will specifically focus on developing a set of informational specifications for cloud resource management.  This is one of what will probably be a number of important efforts to drive additional value and choice for customers.  This particular effort may catch…

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