Performance Smack Down – Hyper-V vs. VMware vs. Citrix

Virtualization Review posted the results of a performance shootout between Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESX, and Citrix XenServer…  The launched three tests against the various platforms.  First was a small number of heavy workload systems,  one database server running a midsize database and six VMs with heavy workload of CPU and memory.  Second – was a…

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Red Hat Support Coming To Hyper-V

Last night Mike Neil posted to the Virtualization Team Blog regarding a new agreement between Microsoft and Red Hat to bring Red Hat guest support to Hyper-V.  Take a look at Mike’s full blog post Microsoft and Red Hat Cooperative Technical Support and/or the Red Hat press release Red Hat Moves to Expand Server Virtualization…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Download Public

Ok the Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta is now available for public download… Take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2-Beta.aspx for all of the information.  Or here’s the direct link to the download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=85cfe4c9-34de-477c-b5ca-75edae3d57c5&DisplayLang=en.   Taylor Brown Hyper-V Integration Test Lead http://blogs.msdn.com/taylorb

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Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta… Ohh and Windows 7 too…

Unless you’ve been under a rock all day you know that Windows 7 Beta was announced and released last night – along with Windows 7 Beta we also announced and released Server 2008 R2 (formally known as Windows 7 Server).  If you have an MSDN subscription you can download the new hotness right now –…

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Life w/out Internet

As some of you might know Seattle had a rough few weeks with snow – for some parts of the country a few back to back 4”-6” snow storms isn’t a big deal but in Seattle it’s a “snow event”…  Well the day before it started snowing my internet at home went out, effectively anyway,…

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PDC Update Day 2 – Windows 7

Day 2 started off with Ray’s talking about the convergence of the conventional pc platform and the internet, cloud, devices.  He quickly handed the floor over to Steve Sinofsky who almost immediately handed to the floor to Julie Larson-Green (VP of Windows Experience aka WEX).  She demoed several new features of windows including the new…

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PDC Update Day 1

Day 1 has come and gone by the time I got back to my hotel last night I was pretty much dead on my feet.  I had to miss the keynote to finish configuring my demo machines and put the finishing touches on my slides.  I also realized yesterday that I completely forgot my camera…

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PDC Update: Day –1 and Day 0

I flew in on Saturday and I think the flight was about 90% Microsoft employees including Mike Swanson – so the migration has begun.  I got in rented a car and got checked in to my hotel,  I am staying at the Hilton Checkers hotel in downtown LA.  I think the hotel is about 90%…

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PDC T-1 Week…

Wow it’s almost time… For the past 20 weeks or so I have been getting an email from Mike or one of the other PDC planners with titles like PDC2008 T-20 Weeks, PDC2008 T-10 Weeks, PDC2008 T-5 Weeks, PDC2008 T-02 Weeks and I know what’s coming on Monday!  I had the dry run of my…

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Virtualization Sales Strong, Hyper-V Strong First Quarter

IDC released a report this morning entitled “Virtualization Continues to See Strong Growth in Second Quarter, According to IDC”…  Among the data they report Virtualization licence shipments in Q2 of 2008 increased 53% year over year.  Vmware holds the largest market share at 44% (combined VMware ESX and VMware Server) however Microsoft now holds a…

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