Microsoft Virtualization Launch Conversation with Microsoft’s Mike Neil
A few weeks ago Microsoft officially launched their Virtualization 360 offerings, including their hypervisor – Hyper-V, application virtualization solution – App-V, and their virtualization management solution – System Center Virtual Machine Manager. At the official launch, held on September 8, I was very fortunate to be able to sit down with Microsoft’s Mike Neil, General Manager for Virtualization Strategy, to discuss Microsoft’s virtualizations offerings and much more.
In the following podcast Mike discusses the Microsoft virtualization launch, what’s new and great about Hyper-V, what’s new in their application virtualization solution called App-V (formally SoftGrid), along with a bit about Microsoft’s relationship with Citrix, Microsoft virtualization licensing, and of course a brief insight in to what we can expect from Microsoft next.
About Mike Neil
Mike Neil is general manager for virtualization strategy in the Windows Server Division at Microsoft Corp in Redmond, Wash. Mike is focused on the delivery of the Windows virtualization technology, including the Windows Server virtualization, as part of Windows Server "Longhorn," and Virtual PC 2007. Mike also directs the technical enablement of Microsoft’s broader vision for virtualization, to include virtualization management tools. Prior to this role, Mike was responsible for Microsoft’s server and PC virtualization efforts since 2003.
Mike joined Microsoft as part of Microsoft’s February 2003 acquisition of Connectix Corp. While at Connectix, Mike was the vice president of engineering and worked on the original team that developed Virtual PC Mac, allowing Apple Macintosh computers to run Windows. Mike also was one of the founders of Pixo, a small company that developed operating systems and applications for handheld devices, the most notable of which is the Apple iPod.
After attending the University of Michigan, Mike joined Apple culminating as the integration lead and technical lead for Apple’s OS project code named Copland.
About Douglas Brown (Host of DABCC Radio)
Douglas Brown worked at Citrix Systems, Inc. as a Senior Systems Engineer from 2001 to 2004 at which time he was voted Systems Engineer of the Year 2002 by his peers and management at Citrix. He was awarded the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) by Microsoft Corporation in 2005, 2006, and 2007 for his contributions to the industry. He was also a charter award winner of the Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) for his continued support of the Citrix community.
Mr. Brown authored the popular "Methodology in a Box" book covering best practice project management in a Citrix deployment and developed Advanced Print Manager, a software application for the management of printers in a server based computing environment.
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