The fifth annual VMworld user conference gets under way this week in San Francisco with a flurry of product announcements, a packed schedule and a bit of controversy.
- By John K. Waters
Microsoft on Monday announced the availability System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 evaluation version.
Microsoft's Brad Anderson on Tuesday talked about the company's management product strategies, while downplaying those of VMware, at investment banker-sponsored event.
Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have simultaneously booted 1 million Linux kernels, all of which ran as virtual machines on the labs' Thunderbird supercomputer.
- By Joab Jackson
The release candidate (RC) version of Windows XP Mode is now available, Microsoft announced on Tuesday.
Microsoft on Tuesday announced the promotion of Brad Anderson, an executive who helped foster various server management products in the Microsoft System Center product line.
Microsoft on Tuesday announced Volume Licensing program changes that supposedly simplify matters for IT shops, as well as hosting providers.
The downturn in the economy is affecting the role and spending strategies of IT organizations, according to a Harris Interactive survey commissioned by Microsoft.
Microsoft has clarified its downgrade rights policies for Windows 7 purchasers when that operating system becomes generally available.
Microsoft executive Bill Koefoed answered some questions about the software giant's business prospects on Wednesday at an investment firm-sponsored technology conference.
A recent study from IT staffing specialist Robert Half Technology suggests that CIOs plan to invest in new IT initiatives over the next year, in spite of a bad (and possibly worsening) economic climate.
- By Stephen Swoyer
Microsoft continued its foray into unified communications (UC) with an announcement last week of support for a virtualized topology in Microsoft Office Communications Server R2 (OCS R2).
- By Herb Torrens
The release candidate (RC) of Windows 7, Microsoft's newest operating system, can be downloaded today by Microsoft TechNet and MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) subscribers.
Windows XP Mode, a feature designed to help small businesses migrate to Windows 7, will be available as a beta for download on April 30.
Microsoft provided a couple of Windows 7 tidbits on Friday, confirming the availability of Windows 7 release candidate (RC) and describing a forthcoming virtualization capability in the new operating system.
At a time when everyone is watching the bottom line, there is an increasingly strong impetus to virtualize IT environments.
- By William Jackson
Virtualization leader VMware sees a cloudy future for the datacenter. To that end, today the company announced vSphere 4, the next generation of what was formerly called VMware Infrastructure.
On April 21, VMware will take the wraps off of vSphere, the next generation of its infrastructure suite currently known as VMware Infrastructure.
The first version of Microsoft's desktop virtualization tool was announced last week.
- By Jim Barthold
Sun Microsystems has released VirtualBox 2.2, an update to the company's free and open source desktop virtualization solution.