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  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 Ships for Your Private Cloud

    Microsoft System Center 2012 is now available for evaluation and purchase, to create private clouds. The announcement was made by Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson at Microsoft Management Summit this week. He discussed how IT professionals can evolve their roles with cloud computing to help their...
  • Blog Post: New Sales Incentives Offered Through Microsoft Partner Network

    The Microsoft Partner Network announced new incentive programs for Gold partners. The announcement made at Worldwide Partner Conference provides incentives for partners to help customers move to the public cloud on Windows Azure, private cloud on Windows Server Hyper-V, and SQL Server “Denali”...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap to Transition to the Cloud, Windows Server 8, System Center Beta Announced

    Acknowledging the continued need for on-premises deployments, Satya Nadella, president of the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, outlined how partners can use Microsoft’s private cloud solution and announced roadmaps for products to bridge private to public cloud. The private cloud solution...
  • Blog Post: Roadmap – Updates Announced for Data Center at Tech•Ed

    Announcements this week at Tech•Ed included new products for System Center, Forefront, and new support for Linux-based CentOS in Hyper-V. The announcements include: System Center Orchestrator (formerly Opalis) provides an IT process automation platform that orchestrates workflows across...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack for the Free Hyper-V Server Ships with Dynamic Memory, RemoteFX

    The free standalone Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 has shipped with two features that enhance your virtualization scenarios: Dynamic Memory and RemoteFX. These features help you better utilize memory resources of Hyper-V hosts and provide rich end user experience for VDI and...
  • Blog Post: New System Center 2012 Helps Deploy, Manage Customer’s Public, Private Cloud

    The new System Center 2012 , announced at Microsoft Management Summit , will enable your IT managers and your customers’ IT Managers build private clouds with the infrastructure they know and own today — including other vendors’ platforms and virtualization technologies. ISVs are...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track Program Offers On Ramp for Private Clouds

    If you're looking to get started implementing a Microsoft private cloud infrastructure, the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program can offer invaluable help by delivering pre-validated reference architectures. Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track solutions are currently being offered by six Microsoft hardware partners...
  • Blog Post: ISV Video: PowerShell Automates Datacastle Testing with Hyper-V, Reduces Deployment Costs

    Datacastle uses PowerShell to work with Hyper-V for quicker tests across many configurations and for quicker and improved deployment at customer sites. ISV Video: PowerShell Automates Datacastle Testing with Hyper-V, Reduces Deployment Costs Datacastle Vice President of Quality Assurance Barry...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Benchmark: 100K Concurrent Users with Hyper-V

    Recently we conducted a new benchmark test involving 100,000 concurrent users. Benchmark testing was performed on a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 implementation that included Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2, two Dell PowerEdge servers running Intel® Xeon® Processors...
  • Blog Post: Free Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Supports Live Migration

    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 that includes live migration is now available from Microsoft Download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 . Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 a stand-alone hyper-visor that includes live migration and expanded processor and memory support for host systems. You can consolidate workloads...
  • Blog Post: How to Ready Your Web Applications for Windows Server 2008 R2

    The Chief Technology Officers (CTO) of ISVs that I work with are asking me how they can set their applications apart from their competitors. One of the most visible ways is to show you are a thought leader and support the next generation technology, like Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 . So this...
  • Blog Post: Neverfail Software Developers Adopt Hyper-V, Add Customer Value

    Paddy Falls, CTO of Neverfail Software spent a few minutes to talk with me about how Neverfail adopted Hyper-V . Falls describes the customer benefit, how the development team incorporates virtualization in the dev process. He talks about the upcoming versions of Hyper-V that is part of Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Roadmaps for Major Products Announced at TechEd

    The product roadmaps for the coming year were announced at TechEd this past week. The products include lots of important technology for ISVs. Date not announced: Silverlight 3 . introducing more than 50 new features, including support for running Silverlight applications out of the browser,...
  • Blog Post: Follow TechEd Events Online

    TechEd North America today begins in Los Angeles for developers and ITPros. You can expect announcements across several product lines. You can view the keynote this morning online and follow sessions at Microsoft Tech-Ed Online . For example, as the Windows Mobile team has announced on their blog, the...
  • Blog Post: BizTalk Server 2009 Supports Latest Platforms, Enhances Developer Productivity

    Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009 has now shipped. It introduces enhancements and new featured in four main areas: Support for the latest platforms from Microsoft including server, database and development environment. Enhanced developer productivity and new application life cycle management...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Beta Offers Live Migration, Provisioning

    ISVs are using Hyper-V to test and host applications. System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) offers a centralized way to manage your virtual machines, whether they be on Hyper-V , Virtual PC, or VMWare. Use VMM to manage the great new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta including: ...
  • Blog Post: Beta Updated for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

    The latest beta of latest update to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 has been updated. The R2 version supports live migration that lets users move virtual machines (VMs) from one machine to another within a virtual host cluster with little or no downtime. Host processors must...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta Now Available

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta is now available. You can download it from the Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta site. Key Features for ISVs You will want to start using Windows Server 2008 R2 for your own development efforts right away. Here's some of the features that apply to ISVs developing applications...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Supports Hyper-V, VMware

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has been released. ISVs use Virtual Machine Manager to manage testing and customer support environments without the cost of separate computers for each type of environment. Virtual Machine Manager is part of a suite of software that supports virtualization...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008: beyond relational

    As an ISV, why should you move to SQL Server 2008? The simplest reason ISVs need to support 2008 is that your customers will be asking for it soon if they are not already. SQL Server 2008 is a very smooth upgrade from 2005 that adds key enhancements to performance and manageability – so even if your...
  • Blog Post: Running SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V Environment

    Have you wondered how well SQL Server 2008 will run in a Hyper-V environment? The SQL Server team has published a white paper with performance metrics of running certain workloads with and without Hyper-V. The goal of this document is to help address two key areas of running SQL Server in a Hyper-V environment...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Server Available for FREE

    Today a new product from Microsoft; Hyper-V Server 2008, became available for download free of charge . This is the same Hyper-V technology available as a role in Windows Server 2008, but it's important to understand that Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 is a stand-alone product. It operates with no GUI...
  • Blog Post: End-to-end Virtualization Kick Off Set for September

    The Microsoft virtualization products that includes Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V , System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 , and Microsoft Application Virtualization (formerly SoftGrid) starts with a press briefing September 8. The September event is the U.S. kickoff event to a 6-month worldwide...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V RTM Bits Available

    The highly anticipated Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is now shipping! ISVs use virtualization as a way to ship fully configured applications to customers and develop and test their applications. Customers can use virtualization as a way to consolidate servers and provide business continuity. Using...
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