The holidays and the start of a new year are often slow news days, but that hasn’t been the case for the Microsoft virtualization and cloud computing business.
The biggest news is that Bob Muglia is leaving the company this summer. Muglia spent the last two years as president of the Server and Tools Business, which was responsible for Microsoft’s virtualization and cloud computing strategy, and he has been with the company since 1988. In an email to employees, CEO Steve Ballmer said it was time for new leadership in the group, and Muglia decided to leave Microsoft altogether in response.
Microsoft has also made news with a billboard near VMware’s headquarters, which reads, “Virtualization alone does not a cloud make.” This marketing campaign sheds light on Microsoft’s cloud computing strategy, which is to stress other cloud technologies and differentiate itself from VMware.
This edition of This Week in Virtualization covers all the latest news surrounding the Microsoft virtualization and cloud computing strategy. There’s also a report on TechTarget’s 2011 IT priorities survey.
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This was first published in January 2011