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Another Cool Vegas Attraction

Posted: December 09, 2013   /   By: Mike Leone   /   Tags: Cloud Computing, Microsoft, IT Infrastructure, Private Cloud Infrastructure, HP, Virtualization, Microsoft Management Summit, private cloud

This past April, I travelled to Sin City (for the first time in my life) to attend the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS). Being my first trip to Vegas I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and of course I was not let down by the pure extravagance of everything. People, food, entertainment, gambling…I swear this place was designed by a group of people with the worst forms of ADHD. The fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on how you look at it) part was that I was there for a tech conference, so my experience was a little less overwhelming.

For those who attended MMS, I’m sure you’re familiar with arguably the coolest part of the event, the hands-on and instructor-led labs. You can sit down and test out a number of Microsoft management technologies in your very own virtualized environment at your own pace. The best part? Who cares if you break something, because you can just start over! The setup this year had 650 different lab stations and let me tell you, the seats were rarely empty. People were getting kicked out late at night because the event team needed to get some sleep. Each lab consisted of numerous VMs with specific amounts of memory, processing power, storage, and network resources. For example, even the fairly simple Service Delivery and Automation Lab used four VMs, 15GB of RAM, 15 virtual processors, 280GB of storage, and two virtual networks.

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Microsoft MVPs talk about System Center 2012

Posted: April 20, 2012   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Microsoft, IT Infrastructure, Data Protection, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Information and Risk Management, Jason Buffington, Microsoft Management Summit, System Center, DPM

At MMS 2012, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012.

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Cisco UCS solutions for Microsoft Private Cloud

Posted: April 19, 2012   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Microsoft, Cisco, IT Infrastructure, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Jason Buffington, Microsoft Management Summit, private cloud

At MMS 2012, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012.

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Veeam announces VMware management for System Center 2012

Posted: April 18, 2012   /   By: Jason Buffington   /   Tags: Microsoft, IT Infrastructure, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Networking, Veeam, Jason Buffington, Microsoft Management Summit, System Center

At MMS 2012, Microsoft announced the general availability of System Center 2012.

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Hyper-V: Hyper Adoption

Posted: April 17, 2012   /   By: Mark Bowker   /   Tags: Microsoft, IT Infrastructure, VMware, Private Cloud Infrastructure, Compute, Microsoft Management Summit, Hyper-V

I'm attending Microsoft Management Summit 2012 this week and had an interesting observation in one of my sessions. I always ask (and make a little joke out of asking) "Who is using VMware?" and as you would expect, the majority of the room raise their hand. No surprise. I asked the same question during one of my sessions at MMS and I received the same result. I then asked the obvious next question, "Who is using Hyper-V?" In the past at a Microsoft-focused event such as MMS, I would honestly get a healthy showing of hands and I would use that as a good indicator that there is some pickup with Hyper-V. This time when I asked about Hyper-V usage, nearly the entire room raised their hand! Now I understand, yes, this is a Microsoft crowd, but wow, that is impressive.

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