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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization, Consolidation and Cloud - What Will It Mean For Servers? Two Truths and a Myth...

    Two Truths and a Myth: The rate of virtualization (number of servers and / or number of instances per server) has hit a plateau. The total number of virtual instances will be greater than physical servers in 2011. Because of virtualization, the number of new servers shipped...
  • Blog Post: 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 1 st . This does not affect the pricing in the other...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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