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Red Hat, Microsoft: Love-Hate Relationship Goes Virtual

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Hate is a strong word … especially when you’re in love. Consider the situation between Red Hat and Microsoft. During the Red Hat Summit in September, the open source company warned customers and channel partners not to get locked in Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud strategy. Fast forward to the present, and Red Hat and Microsoft […]

Citrix CTO Says, ”No I Really Didn’t”, Did He?

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Veteran virtualization blogger Alessandro Perilli of virtualization.info, whom I credit with unearthing most of the interesting goings on in the virtualization world, made an interesting observation that I validated the VMware platform strategy in a recent blog, observing that I had done a good job of developing a rationale for the VMware SpringSource acquisition. It”s […]

The Geopolitics of Cloud Computing – Gartner

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Like most highly hyped technology topics, also cloud computing is raising increasing political attention. This is already clear for the U.S: Federal Government where many people at OMB and GSA push the idea of cloud computing as a cure for various IT diseases. But this is happening also at the state and local level. Two […]

Windows Azure Platform Training Kit

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The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform including: Windows Azure, SQL Azure and .NET Services. The August release includes the following content: Presentations Azure Platform Overview What is Windows […]

As If By Cloud Magic…

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Since my last post where I discussed the Microsoft Azure cloud service and highlighted that I felt companies competing in the cloud space such as VMware are now diversifying past the Hypervisor to reach aspirations of Cloud, and then Vmware go and do me a favor and make me look like i’m a visionary and […]

Microsoft: Azure Enterprise Licenses Will Be Simple

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Microsoft has not made clear how it will incorporate Windows Azure pricing into the long-term contracts it signs with its enterprise customers, but a company executive said this week Microsoft intends to make it as simple as possible for them to take advantage of the new cloud-computing service. At its Worldwide Partner Conference this week, […]

Will Microsoft Azure Promote Efficient Software Development?

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Microsoft’s announcement of Windows Azure pricing confirmed a lot of speculation about the nature of Azure and its target audiences. First, Microsoft plans to compete directly with infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) vendors, especially market pioneer and leader Amazon Web Services. As CNET’s Ina Fried reported:   On a pure consumption basis, Microsoft said it will charge 12 […]

Microsoft Announces Cloud Computing (Azure) Pricing Details

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Microsoft’s Bob Muglia announces Microsoft’s Windows Azure plans at last year’s professional developer conference. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced how it will charge for the service and what level of guarantees it will provide. Microsoft on Tuesday announced how much it will charge companies that want to use its Windows Azure cloud computing service when it […]

DABCC Radio: Microsoft Virtualization Podcast with David Greschler from Microsoft – June 14, 2009 – Episode 81

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In Episode 81, Douglas Brown interviews David Greschler, Director of Integrated Virtualization and Management at Microsoft.   In this special episode Doug sits download with David at Citrix’s Synergy conferences to discuss what’s new with Microsoft Virtualization, Windows Azure cloud computing, Microsoft’s application virtualization for server apps, Hyper-V vs. VMware vSphere, and much more.  Click to […]

Microsoft Blows Into Town With Azure Cloud Computing Show

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Microsoft Corp. has been taking its cloud computing road show around the country, and today it reaches Boston, where local software developers will learn about the Redmond, Wash.-based giant’s latest over-arching product, the Azure cloud operating system. The Sheraton Boston is the site of a day-long Developer’s Conference put on by the Microsoft Developer’s Network […]

Will Cisco Unify Computing?

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Cisco’s public blog recently announced an architectural approach they call “Unified Computing”. There’s been a lot of speculation about Cisco moving into the blade server business and so forth. I think Cisco just made clear that in their view the network may be at the center of IT, but “unifying” it with computing and storage […]

Cloud Computing Reality Check: Microsoft Servers Crushed By Windows 7 Downloads

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You could consider this a positive sign for Microsoft (MSFT): Interest in the recently announced public availability of Windows 7 Beta has been so strong that Microsoft’s servers failed under the load, leaving Windows engineers scrambling to add capacity. Microsoft has been actively stoking interest in Windows 7 Beta, and they must have known interest […]

Microsoft’s 2009 To-Do List Includes Services, Virtualization

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Microsoft has a lot on its plate for 2009, including establishing Windows 7, Windows Azure, and Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 It has been a year of transition for Microsoft in 2008, with the biggest being co-founder and company icon Bill Gates stepping aside and Ray Ozzie assuming the role of chief software architect. On […]

What’s New with Microsoft Virtualization, and Cloud Computing Podcast with Microsoft’s David Greschler

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In episode 66, Douglas Brown interviews David Greschler, Director of Virtualization Strategy at Microsoft.   Doug and David discuss what’s new with Microsoft Virtualization and Microsoft Cloud Computing!   David and Doug also discuss the following subjects: What’s New with Microsoft Virtualization, App-V, and Hyper-V System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (formally known […]

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