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Updated: 2010-06-10T12:18:27-07:00


Meet me on the Gartner Blog Network


Hi Everyone: As part of Burton Group's integration into Gartner, we are moving to the Gartner Blog Network (affectionately known as GBN). You can follow me here:

New Readers Begin There!


Just to let everybody know, this will be my last post on the DCS blog. Ok, don’t panic, I’m not disappearing from the blogosphere, just moving...

Understanding the Ways of the VMforce


On Tuesday VMware and announced their joint venture - Both vendors offered informative blog posts about the announcement, and I recommend reading the following: VMforce and VMware’s “Open PaaS” Strategy (Steve Herrod) VMForce: Why? What? How? (Anshu Sharma)...

Digesting the MMS 2010 Keynotes and Announcements


With the postponement of Catalyst Europe, I had the opportunity to virtually attend the Microsoft MMS conference keynotes on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. MMS has long been one of Microsoft’s best conferences, and this year didn’t disappoint. I’m...

Microsoft in Data Center ARM Race?


Yesterday, an eagle-eyed reporter at EE Times noticed an interesting job on offer at Microsoft in its BING Autopilot group. According to the job ad, Bing Autopilot is responsible for designing the infrastructure behind Microsoft’s Bing search platform, and as...

When All You Have is Hammer


Everything looks like a nail, a truism that ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) has just demonstrated in its advice to data center operators on how to achieve greater cooling efficiency in the data center (see...

A Busy Week (Part 2)


Funnily enough, the week turned out to be so busy that I never got around to talking about AMD’s Opteron 6000 series. The main changes vs. the previous high-end Opterons are: Twice as many cores: The 6000 family tops out...

Microsoft Pulls The Plug on Itanium


Microsoft will not support Itanium processors with future releases Windows Server according to the Windows Server Division blog. So Windows Server 2008 R2 is the last release of Windows on Itanium, with support ending in July 2013 (extended support continues...

What if Novell said YES?


In my previous post on Novell’s answer to Elliott Associates unsolicited offer, I indicated that I’d talk about Novell’s assets that many may not be considering. For those of you following the (yet another) SCO vs. Novell UNIX copyright trial,...

A Busy Week (Part 1)


Apparently Intel and AMD don’t care about poor analysts trying to get their content completed by the end of the quarter, as evidenced by their decision to launch major server processor refreshes (AMD, Intel) on consecutive days this week. Needless...

Novell Says NO! - No Surprise


Novell officially turned down the purchase offer of $5.75/share from Elliott Associates in a letter and press release this past Saturday. So what does this mean for the software company? The rejection comes as no surprise. Any board would value...

Is That a Graphics Card in My Server?


For many years, one of the common factors in x86 servers has been a graphics subsystem characterized by the cheapest graphic chip the vendor could find to put on the motherboard. The logic (if you’ll forgive the pun) behind this...

the sleeping giant awakes - more on Microsoft's desktop virtualization announcement


Yesterday's other big news was that Microsoft’s investment in Calista is finally paying off. Windows Server 2008 R2 SP 1 will see the introduction of Calista technologies. Now renamed RemoteFX, Microsoft has taken Calista and remade it as both a... Yesterday's other big news was that Microsoft’s investment in Calista is finally paying off.  Windows Server 2008 R2 SP 1 will see the introduction of Calista technologies. Now renamed RemoteFX, Microsoft has taken Calista and remade it as both a new graphics engine to power RDP and a major incentive for customers to look to Hyper-V for as the foundation for any future desktop virtualization project. The key to understanding RemoteFX is to know that it is being implemented as a graphical extension to RDP that provides host based rendering of 2D/3D graphics and not a complete new rip and replace protocol. The RemoteFX codec will be delivered in three different implementations; a software only engine, a GPU/CPU-based encoder that can share off-the-shelf GPUs between multiple VMs, and a custom hardware encoder (much like that employed by Teradici) that can be implemented either on a plug-in mezzanine board or placed direct on the server motherboard.  This was very much in-line with expectations, what caught quite a few people by surprise was the announcement that RemoteFX would only be available on a Hyper-V based virtualization stack. By burying RemoteFX within Hyper-V Microsoft have shutout VMware but at the same time have left the door open to all Hyper-V ready desktop virtualization vendors making a very effective double-edged sword to use against VMware. Also of note is that Microsoft and Citrix are reaffirming their partnership by announcing an agreement to work together to integrate RemoteFX with HDX in Citrix XenDesktop (and I presume XenApp as well).  This will extend the capabilities of the Microsoft RemoteFX platform out to the broader range of endpoints that Citrix supports.  A RemoteFX ready XenDesktop release is expected to be released to production within six months of the release of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. What was missing here was any kind of announcement about integrating RemoteFX with XenServer.  This leaves me wondering was this a marketing decision not to share this until Synergy in May, or part of a bigger decision by either Microsoft (possible) or Citrix (unlikely) not to head down that road. UpdateOne point that was not clear to me to start with is the role that Quest continue to play here. While Quest was not mentioned during Thursday's webinar, Quest continues to work closely with Microsoft and is likely to release a RemoteFX ready version of it's own RDP implementation shortly after Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 is released.  Given both Quest's track record of support for Hyper-V and greater agility afforded by a smaller number of client platforms (and possibly a simpler integration path, although I admin I don't know the details here) Quest could well have a RemoteFX ready version of vWorkspace out in advance of Citrix.The other big step forwards is that Windows 7 XP mode and MED-V no longer require hardware virtualization technology.  This is clearly big news from a technical perspective but I’m not sure that it will make a huge difference to adoption. I can’t say that I’ve had many people tell me they are looking at MED-V and XP mode is nearer to being a last desperate grasp than it is to being a tactical solution so I can’t see many people willing to invest the time and effort of implementation unless they are in deep trouble. Having said that though, I've[...]

A User-centric Microsoft Licensing Model? Not Yet, but Getting Closer


There are some physical things in life that I like to associate with as part of my identity. My Jeep Wrangler is one of them. My laptop is not. How I live and work is not defined by a physical...

The sleeping giant awakes - Microsoft gets desktop virtualization right


Yesterday was a huge day for desktop virtualization. Microsoft shared it's vision for the virtual desktop, corrected its past mistakes, and showed off its bright new future. Right from the start Microsoft showed that it had been listening to its...