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The Insider Skinny: Hyper-V Takes On VMware

by Derek 30. July 2009 08:34

I'm fresh back from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. This is the annual pilgrimage of 9,000 partners from around the world who come to find out about the latest Microsoft technologies. Obviously, Windows 7 was a highlight. But what struck me most was the amount of time devoted to virtualization, and especially VMware. Here are a few highlights:      Per Kevin Turner (Microsoft’s COO), VMware has changed their licensing scheme. Besides being very expensive, it’s not an easy upgrade path. So Microsoft will leverage this to their advantage—especially on price point—since one can get Hyper-V for free with Server 2008.  People have said that Hyper-V is too early in as a technology to decide on its being a viable alternative to VMware. Perhaps so. But 24 pts market share were taken from VMware with version 1.0 of Hyper-V alone. And now, Microsoft has Hyper-V R2 coming out with a new Live Migration feature to compete directly with VMware's core V-motion functionality.  Good enough to make one want to switch? I don’t know. But Microsoft has put a lot of thought into this. Check out their migration path: Using Microsoft’s new System Center console, one can run BOTH Hyper-V and VMware together. Microsoft views this as their “big differentiator” since VMware can't do the same.  This means with Hyper-V you will have the ease of having both products under "one pane of glass." So you don’t in fact need to give up your VMware if you wish to try both at once. Clever. 

Microsoft referred to this as "offering significant value at a fraction of the cost" (1/6th to be exact) and they showed the side by side pricing to prove it.  I am not really here to say this is right, wrong, good or bad—we deliver products for both platforms. But it does seem to me that the customer is the one who is coming out on top on this one. So it should be an interesting battle to watch.

[Derek De Vette is the VP Channel & Public Affairs] 




Defrag and RAID: We need this on every server

by Colleen Toumayan 29. July 2009 10:50
Here is a cool success story I thought I'd share:  “The deployment process was exceedingly easy.  Made the purchase, downloaded and installed the software - watched response times drop.  Pretty nice over all. Diskeeper is exceeding my expectations. We had definite performance problems caused by heavy amounts of fragmentation. During the first two hours after installation we saw a significant improvement in access and delivery perceived timings.  This was a big surprise for us. The web application that runs on all of our servers was responding faster, pages popped a little quicker and the time between pages was reduced enough to notice without a stopwatch.   The servers are relatively standard Dell PowerEdge rack servers, running 3-6 drives in a RAID 5 configuration.  Unfortunately I don’t have timing or supporting data for comparison and analysis.   I didn’t really think that we would see a noticeable improvement after adding Diskeeper to the servers; it was more of a preventative maintenance issue for me. But on the databases host servers, we saw query times drop rapidly.   Since changing pages in our application can require dozens (or hundreds) of database calls, a small increase in the database performance results in a significant difference for the application.  Combined with a slightly faster access time for web resource files, it was a very positive change for server performance all around. Diskeeper has been moved from the optional utilities list, to the required utilities list for all of our production server deployment.   We are also recommending Diskeeper for our mid-to-high volume enterprise clients for their own hardware.  When the money-counters notice a difference dramatic enough to say, ‘We need this on every server’, something good has happened!”  Greg Porterfield, Pragmatic SoftwareSolutions Engineer/Architect 



Hangin' out with Microsoft

by Michael 24. July 2009 11:18

Last week we were in New Orleans at Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference.


Diskeeper Corporation staff met with numerous Microsoft PMs and executives regarding existing and future partnership opportunities. Derek De Vette, who overseas partner relations here at Diskeeper Coporation, met with Becky Lymberis, Senior Marketing Manager, Solutions Marketing. With Small Business Servers (SBS) often tasked to do just about everything under the sun for smaller businesses, they tend to need a great deal of advanced care and maintenance. Becky had this to say about Diskeeper on the Microsoft Facebook site:  

“Diskeeper 2009 defrag products increase the productivity of the workplace and keep business systems always running at their maximum peak performance. Diskeeper is a great application for Small Business Server because it helps prevent crashes, slowdowns and sluggishness, extending the life and enhancing performance of the server—helping small businesses to be more productive. Everyone should check out this solution. It’s one of the most cost effective ways to enhance the performance of your customer’s servers.”

Find it here:

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2010, something's going to happen....

by Michael 21. July 2009 14:26

The next evolutionary step for defragmenters is coming.




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