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In an effort to better support User Groups worldwide, Microsoft is rolling out UGSS User Group Support Services. We at INETA have been, and will continue to be, working closely with this team to better serve the user group community… Consistency and scale in the services we provide to User Group Communities has been a challenge and a source of consternation for all of us over the past years. Microsoft is pleased to announce that as of last month’s User Group Leadership Summit and based on global ...
It is something of a shame that Symantec is not making the best of this acquisition, especially when you consider the amount of change and hype in the Virtualization space over the last 14 months since Symantec announced the purchase? I made the comment only a few weeks ago (Thinstall quick out of the blocks) that it was quite gratifying to see good technology not sitting by the sidelines waiting for the politics and marketing to settle before it can again back on with getting the work done - but ...
As D'Arcy shared on his blog last night, Will Craddock and Rodney Buike hosted a Community Connection event sponsored by CIPS and Microsoft in Regina, Sask, Canada. We had a great turn out, expected 175 people, I would assume 100+ attended although I did not get the final numbers. This event type was certainly new to our market; it followed the idea of Open Spaces that has been all the rage in the community. What I was most impressed with, is the fact that Microsoft made an effort to enforce community ...
It's good to see quality products don't always have to languish in no-man's land following an acquisition? Hopefully they haven't lost too much steam and can maintain their enthusiasm? It now just remains to see how VMware integrates this component in to the bigger picture? VMware Project North Star Beta (Thinstall) (for Windows Systems) Latest Version: Beta | 3/05/08 | Build 3.350 What's Coming Upcoming enhancements in the VMware Project North Star release: Expand the production services and product ...
Check WindowsClient.net for updates Some parts of the demos are not available yet in the current build - wait for the next beta Compatibility with Silverlight is important Same tools, designers, code, markup... This summer, .NET framework 3.5 service release Read the rest of this entry » ...
It's very nice to know that the launch event is not merged with EDC 2008, but comes before it. The 2008 launch event covers VS 2008, Win 2008 and SQL 2008. It'll be held March 24th @ Intercontinental City Stars Hotel (Register Now) The agenda: Time General Sessions 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration / Coffee 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Keynote Speech 11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Break Infrastructure Track Database & Development Track 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Windows Server 2008 Overview Breakthrough software development ...
Well who would have thought it? is this Novell rising from the ashes? It will no doubt be an interesting year watching still further manoeuvrings in the Virtual space - although I wonder if the US does finally get in to a recession will this slow down the pace a bit? Certainly VMware has a lot more competitors to contend with now than it did when the IPO was released last year and I see there share price is now back under USD$60 after the dizzy heights of $120 late last year.... Novell acquires PlateSpin ...
I feel like Mater from Cars yelling, "It's done!" The first time I attempted this task, I was completely unsuccessful and undid all the code changes I made. I gave it a few weeks and tried again using a different approach, this time it was successful! Adding additional logic for host records to SubText is not an easy feat. Not only do you have to worry about the virtualization aspects of the site and ensureing the domains requested will still load the data, but with many open-source projects, everyone ...
A very comprehensive rundown (from Massimo) of the potential issues being faced by anyone trying to implement a VDI solution? I certainly agree with Massimo on a number of points, just as it's quite easy to move from physical to virtual on the Server side this almost sets the customers expectations that it's just as easy to do the same for the Desktop, and this is where things are sometimes getting undone? Why Desktop Virtualization is not as easy as Server Virtualization In the last few months I ...
Last week I was present at the MCT Summit in Berlin. Had fun, saw great presentations. A big applaus was given to Marcel De Vries for his LINQ presentation. Which was deserved, this was the best LINQ presentation I had ever seen. Altough the summit was more focused on ITPro and SQL stuff I had a good time. I was introduced by MCT collegeaus to the world of virtualization and Microsoft Hyper-V. Some 400 MCT’s from the EMEA region where there. About 10 belgians quickly joined together and started thinking ...
So this certainly adds some ammunition for VMware’s coming stoush with Microsoft in the Battle of the Hypervisors? It makes you wonder who’s next on VMware’s radar? VMware acquires Thinstall Just yesterday virtualization.info published the news about a possible acqusition of VMware in the application virtualization market, speculating that the acquired firm could be FastScale. The official announcement comes today, clarifing the actual acquired company and the company strategy behind the move: VMware, ...
So this certainly adds some ammunition for VMware's coming stoush with Microsoft in the Battle of the Hypervisors? It makes you wonder who's next on VMware's radar? VMware acquires Thinstall Just yesterday virtualization.info published the news about a possible acquisition of VMware in the application virtualization market, speculating that the acquired firm could be FastScale. The official announcement comes today, clarifying the actual acquired company and the company strategy behind the move: ...
So from what Alessandro is saying it currently only works with Linux, I wasn't aware of that limitation but that's OK from an Appliance perspective, but you kind of wonder how hard it might be to replicate that on the Windows side of things? Certainly this sounds like it can really help VMware distinguish itself from some of the other competitors - but only for the moment as I'm beginning to think that we might see something like an "Arms Race" as all the Virtualization players rush to out do each ...
Microsoft released the beta 3 version of this kit at http://www.microsoft.com/do... Brief Description The Windows Server 2008 Developer Training Kit includes a set of hands-on-labs and presentations for technologies such as IIS7, Management, WCF, WF, Windows CardSpace, Windows PowerShell, Virtualization and the Transactional File System (TxF) ...
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I found this article today at CIO via an Article at Doug Browns site www.dabcc.com and thought it too good to just post the quote. This is exactly why Virtualization is shaking up the IT market so much - it has the capacity to drastically change the way you think about "Flexibility" and "Agility". Being able to provision on the fly in 30 minutes or so doesn't hurt either - and it's this very reason that makes concepts like VDI seem so very attractive. Virtualization at Warp Speed: How One Company ...
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So it looks like the gloss is coming off the VMware IPO? now that we are back down to the $70 mark I wonder how many people will stop and remember that this was an IPO of only $29? Let's be honest here, regardless of the hype surrounding the stock and the IPO, most companies and advisors do not normally release a stock for IPO and price it at 30% or 50% of value? It was priced at $29 for a reason and now we are starting to come back to that. If anything I feel sorry for those that are not intimately ...
Judging by my limited experiences with Vista the "security" sounds like it might be a case of how much security you need to turn off until your Server actually communicates with the other devices and runs the Applications correctly? Other than that I'm looking forward to seeing just how much can be accomplished with Power Shell, it's certainly got my Brother excited ;-) 10 things to consider when making a Windows Server 2008 upgrade decision Windows Server 2008 is expected to officially launch in ...
So based on two recent announcements it might actually be possible shortly to host your Virtual Web Server from your PDA? Seriously, it might not be possible today - but don't bet against it being real in the next year or so? Turn your phone into a file and web server When you want to connect to your Windows Mobile phone you've got a few options. You can either use ActiveSync via the supplied cable or you can remotely connect over the WiFi with applications like Pocket Controller. Now there's another ...
Just to let you know there will be an update to ESX at the end of this year. It will be available in the traditional format of ESX 3.5 on a CD, but VMware will also be shipping it via Hardware Manufacturers with servers as a flash card. Known as 3i. For more info please contact your account manager... New Features : Guided Consolidation Enhancement to VirtualCenter intended for use in smaller environments Guides new virtualization users through the consolidation process in a wizard-based, tutorial-like ...
So it's worth considering what this news might mean in it's wider context? As Alessandro quite rightly points out, Quest is almost in stealth mode with regards to it's Virtualization plays, it is much more widely known for it's AD Admin tools, etc. - not Virtualization? When you have a look through the Products and Solutions offered by Quest the main reoccurring theme would appear to be "Management" and the tools to assist Admin's in Management of the various IT Systems. Provision was effectively ...
from virtualization.info: Well this clearly looks like it is vindicating some of the comments from Brian Madden's site that Hypervisors will become a commodity, and what will clearly differentiate will be the Management Tools for Virtual Machines. Microsoft Hyper-V is the final name for codename Viridian Monday, November 12, 2007 | 0 Comments With an unexpected announce Microsoft opens TechEd IT Forum 2007 in Barcellona revealing that final name for codename Virdian will be Hyper-V. Tentative name ...
So now Softgrid is to be known as "Application Virtualization", well at least it does follow the recent trend where some of the Vendors are attempting to call their products by a name that actually describes what it does? Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 is Open for Public Beta And away we go!!!!! Welcome to ITForum and Welcome to Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 Beta!!! The keynote has kicked off with an amazing display of technologies and one that jumped out straight at me was our ...
Mike Walker of Microsoft writes: On Tuesday at the SOA & BP Conference (http://www.mssoaandbpconfe... we are announcing the availability of the V6.2 CTP of the Managed Services Engine (MSE). This release (http://www.codeplex.com/se... is the culmination of three years of working with customers to address the challenges of real world SOA, collaboration with P&P, CSD, and EPG, and a lot of sweat and passion from some of the brightest architects and consultants in the field. ...
It would appear that Martin is getting a hard time from the Oracle regarding the Licensing element. Is this just me, or does this seem like Oracle is sticking their head in the sand? I find it incredibly hard to understand that in the latter part of 2007 Oracle finds it difficult to accept or accommodate the concept of Virtualization. Oracle licensing: not OK We have received word on our Oracle licensing problem. Unfortunately the word from Oracle HQ in The States was not good. They still will not ...
I'm afraid I haven't had time to actually download the docs and read them through as there are other things I need to get done before heading over to Vegas for Citrix's Application Delivery Expo next week. But it would appear that the Guide for Softgrid has come at a very opportune time as I've been contacted a couple of times now in the last few weeks by recruiters looking for people here in Australia with experience in Softgrid, in fact a few weeks ago I was contacted by a recruiting firm in Hong ...
So Allessandro is certainly well connected in the Virtualization space and as XenSource will be clearly getting some serious airtime in just over 2 weeks time at the newly re-badged iForum (oops, Application Delivery Expo) hosted by Citrix then I'm sure that VMware will be trying to make sure that it has some choice announcements just before and even during the last week of October. Note to self - must be less cynical ;-) For those who will be attending iForum 2007 in Las Vegas, please drop me a ...
For those interested in VDI, big news came last month in that Citrix has acquired XenSource. "Citrix to Enter Server and Desktop Virtualization Markets with Acquisition of XenSource" Combination of Citrix and XenSource Accelerates the Mainstreaming of Virtualization and Strengthens End-to-End Application Delivery Strategy FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — 8/15/2007 — Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS), the global leader in application delivery infrastructure, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire ...
So it would seem that Provision and Leostream are almost going head to head with getting their message out there regarding Desktop Brokers? I wonder how long VMware is going to keep Dunes version of DS-O under wraps after the recent acquisition? Seems to me they'd better not leave it too long? :-) ---------------------------... Provision Networks, provider of enterprise presentation and desktop virtualization solutions, announced ...
Alessandro is at it again, keep checking his site for all news Virtual? Microsoft opens Viridian technical preview to general public By Alessandro Perilli Just a couple of weeks after releasing Windows Server 2008 RC0 to TAP customers, Microsoft is ready to open the new build to general public. Since it includes a technical preview of upcoming Windows Server Virtualization (codename Viridian), this is the first time the new Microsoft hypervisor reaches such a wide audience. Viridian adopts is a true ...
Now this is quite interesting because up until now most of the news and information (dare I say Hype?) has been based around the benefits of flexibility and high availability (like VMotion, etc.) but we are now starting to see enough real world examples of Server and Desktop Virtualization that we can have broad benchmarks or rule-of-thumb guidelines that are indicative of the savings that can be gained even at the design stage when details of the intended environment are almost non-existent? Although ...
As Stephen Hilton from Credit Suisse puts it "You can't be a box-hugger any more", although it's interesting to note that they expect to be only just past the half way point by the end of 2009? Perhaps they should consider looking at Power Recon? I'm sure that they have, and it will certainly make very interesting reading when the Whitepapers start emerging as a consequence of this project... What has always been a challenge in any large IT Department (and they don't come much bigger than with the ...
Microsoft opens Viridian technical preview to general public By Alessandro Perilli After revealing that codename Viridian beta 1 will be included in Windows Server 2008 RTM, set for February 28, Microsoft published a 10-minutes demo of the technical preview included in Window Server 2008 RC0. It's the first time Microsoft shows Viridian to a broad audience since first demo presented at WinHEC 2006. The video shows Viridian integration in a full version of Windows, a scenario which Microsoft didn't ...
After a wet and wild weekend camping Dugie pulls out all the stops again... Thanks Dugie, I wasn't aware I needed to install the 64bit version to make it work? URLs for Windows 2008 RC0 and WSv WSS, Virtualization September 25th, 2007 If you want to download Windows 2008 RC0 with the Windows Server virtualization preview, the URLs are below: Windows Server 2008 RC0 Enterprise - 2.6 Gb Windows Server 2008 RC0 Datacenter - 2.6 Gb Remember to grab the 64 bit version (6001.16659.070916-1443_amd... ...
I was checking some other news over at ChannelRegister and found this interesting little snippet. I'm sure the Microsoft marketing will make a lot more of this than it's worth? ;-) Microsoft counters VMware insanity with optimistic frown I'm pretty sure that this is part of the reason VMware has pushed so hard with ESX Server 3i - a 32MB version of its flagship product that can and will be embedded into the flash memory of servers. Dell, IBM, HP, Fujitsu and others have lined up to include ESX 3i ...
There has been so much going on in the Virtualization space that it's worth reviewing some of the announcements that has predominately been broken at Alessandro's Virtualization.info Microsoft to distribute Viridian beta 1 with Windows Server 2008 RTM Microsoft and Citrix will leverage future products on VHD format Microsoft partners with Sun to improve hypervisors interoperability Virtualization leaders and OEMs start working on common virtual machines format VMware distributes VMware Tools as open ...
Thanks to Dugie for the heads up on this announcement, could this be right? everyone is going to co-operate? WOW DMTF Accepts New Format for Portable Virtual Machines from Virtualization Leaders New specification created by Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, VMware, XenSource aims to become an industry standard; will help ensure portability, integrity and automated installation/configuration of virtual machines PORTLAND, ORE. September 10, 2007 The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF®) today announced ...
I'm starting to wonder what is left for VMware to announce at VMworld? RSA integration, Cheaper pricing for SMB's and now news that VMware has acquired Dunes as well.... Earlier I noticed Citrix and XenSources road to market just got steeper - VMware's price bubble coming under threat? where VMware was making the entry point for SMB's a whole lot cheaper: VMware to slash VI3 price for SMBs virtualization.info has learned VMware is about to drastically reduce VMware Infrastructure 3 (aka ESX Server ...
So this is a very interesting bit of news almost on the eve of the VMworl Conference in SF? Microsoft releases Viridian hypervisor along with Windows Server 2008 RC0 Few hours ago WinBeta broke the news Microsoft just released Windows Server 2008 RC0 to TAP customers. Now virtualization.info has learned from trusted sources that this new version contains first preview version of new Microsoft hypervisor Windows Server Virtualization (WSV), codename Viridian. As expected the hypervisor comes as a ...
VMware to slash VI3 price for SMBs Wednesday, August 29, 2007 | 0 Comments Very interesting news indeed, especially when you consider this is coming out just a week prior to the VMworld Event in SanFrancisco? Surely this news might have been worthy of being released then? So why the rush? Why the jump? Does this actually indicate that VMware is concerned about competion? I wonder how VMware's stock price is going? Me wonders. It was also interesting to note that as much as CITRIX have been very lacklustre ...
Well I must admit it sounds great, but by using PCI-over-IP does have it's disadvantages, like Video and Audio which are both mandatory these days on business client devices. The current model that both Citrix and VMware (they do agree on something? ;-) use is to have Video be streamed natively to the client device and then use locally installed codec's to reassemble and display the video stream. If you have no CPU or Memory then this will have to be done back at the server - then streamed in uncompressed ...
Very interesting news, especially when you consider this is coming out just a week prior to the VMworld event in SanFrancisco? Surely this news might have been worthy of being released then? So why the rush? Does this actually indicate that VMware is concerned about competion? I wonder how VMware's stock price is going? It was also interesting to note that as much as Citrix have been very lacklustre about announcing any particular roadmap of how they are going to integrate Ardence in to their offerings, ...
This just in from Alessandro, but of particular note and possibly concern for me is the following: Inclusion of Wyse multimedia redirection engine ESX Server 3.5 VMware Tools will include a DLL provided by Wyse to simplify delivery of multimedia contents when VMware Infrastructure 3.5 is used as Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in conjunction with Wyse thin clients. The last feature is particularly important: VMware is preparing to release its own connection broker after silent Propero acquisition, ...
If you are interested in keeping abreast of all things in the Virtualization space you should make sure you check out Alessandro's blog on a regular basis. Sample chapters of VI3 Advanced Technical Design Guide are available By Alessandro Perilli In the last two years the most popular virtualization book has been for sure VMware ESX Server: Advanced Technical Design Guide, written by two exceptional authors: Ron Oglesby, CTO at RapidApp (now acquired by Glasshouse), and Scott Herold, former Director ...
One thing is for sure, if Microsoft were to buy/offer XenSource $1b and trump Citrix - then I think we would be able to safely say "the bubble has burst" on Tech Stocks again.... Having said that, this <cough> reporter from TheDeal then goes on to compare Microsofts Virtualization efforts to Google's acquisition of Green Border for the browser virtualization technologies - so on that little insight I'm not going to be worrying too much if I was Citrix. But in fairness, there is a very good ...
More comment on the Citrix acquisition of XenSource.... Citrix buys XenSource: what next?And what will Microsoft and VMware do now? By Manek Dubash, Techworld Last time we wrote about virtualisation -- only just over a month ago -- we said: "the virtualisation market is in a bit of turmoil at the moment, shaken up by the prospect of billions of dollars of revenue." How prophetic those words have proven to be, albeit not in the manner we expected. Market gorilla VMware now has a rival. But what does ...
Courtesy of Dugie at Dugie’s Pensieve Virtual Server R2 ‘Cookbooks’ released Virtualization August 20th, 2007 Microsoft have released “5 Cookbooks” for Virtual Server R2. Cookbooks are a step-by-step guide (with screen shots) on how to “make and bake” a solution. Thanks to Matt McSpirit for the early heads up! Each of the cookbooks are about ~100 pages in length and you can download them directly below: Hosted Backup.pdf - data backup and recovery to customers as a hosted solution with Virtual Server ...
This Q&A from Alessandro is quite interesting from my point of view, but more importantly for this quote from Wes Wasson: XenSource does not get any revenue from the underlying hypervisor, nor will Citrix. Our revenue will come from adding a compelling set of application delivery value propositions on top of the hypervisor, whether it is Xen or Viridian. The more successful Viridian is, the more opportunity Citrix will have to sell value-added application delivery offerings on top of this platform, ...
So is it a crazy month for Virtualization or what? News in from Alessandro regarding KVM being possibly ported to Windows? and VMware quietly slipping in the news that it is serious about adding Security to the Virtualization Layer? KVM being ported to Windows and FreeBSD After XenSource acquisition by Citrix, another breaking news is going to shake virtualization industry: young virtualization platform KVM, already included in Linux kernel, is being ported on Windows. At the moment there are no ...