VMware made its big "private cloud" pitch last week with its introduction of vSphere. Not to be outdone, Microsoft is fleshing out its private cloud positioning at the annual Microsoft Management Summit this week in Las Vegas.
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Microsoft archrival VMWare announced this week a set of future technologies called the "Virtual Datacenter OS" that some are comparing with Windows Server 2008. But Windows Server 2008 and its integrated Hyper-V hypervisor aren't what Microsoft is going to be pitting against VMware, Google and Amazon in the brave, new datacenter-centric world
Microsoft is running an ad in USA Today, in the form of an open letter to VMware customers, asking them to talk to Microsoft before signing a contract that might lock them in to a less-than-complete cloud solution from Redmond's foremost virtualization rival.
Microsoft unveils another glitzy Live Search map today. How about some info on something more useful, say, one of the many expected Windows Live storage and synchronization services? Luckily, the LiveSide.Net guys are on the case.
Microsoft has taken the wraps off its new licensing plans for System Center 2012, its cloud-management suite.
Microsoft is set to deliver a downloadable beta release of Hyper-V, its virtualization product, on December 13, according to sources close to the company. The final release of Microsoft's hypervisor is still not likely until next summer, however.
Microsoft's Windows Azure storage service went down just before 4 p.m. ET. An expired HTTPS security certificate could be at fault.
Microsoft is rolling out new storage arrays that tie into Azure, which are fruits of its 2012 acquisition of storage vendor StorSimple.
Whether you think the recently proposed class action lawsuit over Xbox Live service holiday outages is crazy or justified, there are undeniable problems with Microsoft's back-end Live infrastructure that Microsoft needs to address.
Former Microsoft platforms chief -- who, these days, is heading up cloud computing at EMC -- might be trying to get at least some of the old Microsoft band back together again. According to a few different sources who asked not to be named, Maritz has hired Charles Fitzgerald, Microsoft's former head of Platform Strategy, to work at Smart Desktop, a division of Martiz's Pi Corp.