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Microsoft TechEd 2011 virtualization news

Microsoft TechEd 2011 had more than its fair share of virtualization news, from Exchange support for VMware HA to Veeam’s support for Hyper-V.

At Microsoft TechEd 2011 in Atlanta this week, not all the virtualization news had to do with Hyper-V.

Microsoft finally gave in on Exchange Server 2010 support for VMware High Availability (HA), and attendees buzzed about VMware’s Shavlik Technologies acquisition. On the Hyper-V side of things, Microsoft received a boost when Veeam announced support in its Backup and Replication product. And Microsoft also unveiled a new partnership with Cisco Systems and NetApp.

Check out these stories and more in this recap of the virtualization news from Microsoft TechEd 2011:

Microsoft changes tune on Exchange 2010 VMware HA support
After much ado, Microsoft will finally support Exchange 2010 database availability groups with VMware HA. Microsoft had previously said it wouldn’t support hypervisor-based, third-party failover tools because they could make it more expensive and complex to run Exchange. But users doubted there were ever any real technical issues prohibiting Exchange 2010 VMware HA support.

Hyper-V shops gain new backup option in Veeam
Hyper-V users hungry for additional software that supports the platform will get their wish: The next update of Veeam Software Inc.'s Backup and Replication will support Hyper-V. IT pros at Microsoft TechEd 2011 said this virtualization news showed that Hyper-V was gaining traction against VMware vSphere.

Cost comparisons push Microsoft Hyper-V growth
Now that Hyper-V sports Dynamic Memory and Live Migration, more potential customers are eyeing cost comparisons with VMware ESX. TechEd 2011 attendees said the potential savings for new deployments, and upcoming features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012, will bolster Hyper-V even further.

Can SCUPdates survive VMware’s Shavlik buy?
Following VMware’s acquisition of Shavlik Technologies, some IT shops worried that VMware would not care to keep SCUPdates, a third-party patch tool that extends Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager.

Microsoft moves beyond SMI-S with NetApp
At Microsoft TechEd 2011, the company announced a partnership with Cisco and NetApp to offer a new reference architecture. The pre-tested architecture, called NetApp Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track, includes Hyper-V, System Center, NetApp storage and Cisco’s Unified Computing System.

Hyper-V users make storage and DR wish list
For Microsoft TechEd 2011 attendees deploying Hyper-V, integrating storage management and data replication represent the next frontier. Users said they’d like to see Hyper-V’s SAN integration on par with VMware vSphere’s, multi-site high availability and disaster recovery without the need for third-party products.

Microsoft TechEd 2011 reporter’s notebook
Senior news writer Beth Pariseau hits on some quick virtualization news from Microsoft TechEd 2011 in her reporter’s notebook. SCVMM 2012 could be the beginning of the end for Microsoft’s original hypervisor, Virtual Server. Plus, vendors touted added support for Hyper-V, and attendees shared a few of their wish-list items, such as bare-metal provisioning and more consistent management tools.

Microsoft TechEd 2011 photos
These Microsoft TechEd 2011 photos show Corporate Vice President Robert Wahbe’s first-day keynote, the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta and a  music duo called the Glitch Mob that welcomed attendees to the conference.

IT pros seek details on Microsoft cloud computing strategy
As Microsoft TechEd 2011 approached, IT pros wondered what the show might illuminate about Microsoft’s cloud computing strategy. Success stories from Windows-based cloud shops would be reassuring, they said, but did Microsoft deliver?

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