The Virtualization Room

May 4 2009   5:33PM GMT

Microsoft TechEd, virtualization and you

Colin Steele Colin Steele Profile: Colin Steele

Windows 7 is supposed to be the star of next week’s Microsoft TechEd show in L.A., but the conference will also have a ton of stuff for all you virtualization users out there.

Some sessions will focus on Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V R2, System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 and other products. Others will cover cloud computing, green IT and more hot topics in virtualization. I’ve just gone through the entire agenda to set my schedule, and I’ve picked out what look to be some of the most interesting sessions:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2: Hyper-V: This session with Windows infrastructure consultant Corey Hynes previews the new features in Server ’08 and Hyper-V. He’ll also talk about storage management, performance and other related issues. If you can’t make TechEd, check out this Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V R2 sneak peek by Rick Vanover. (Monday, 2:45 p.m., Petree Hall D)
  • Patterns for moving to the cloud: You know a technology is complicated when there’s not even a consensus on its definition. This session looks like it will be good for cutting through the cloud computing hype and giving real-world advice to IT managers. The speaker is Simon Guest, a Microsoft evangelist. (Tuesday, 8:30 a.m., Room 151)
  • Understanding environmental compliance, policy and regulation: Green IT, like cloud computing, means something different to practically everyone. But that’s changing thanks to new environmental regulations, which could force businesses to get a better handle on their energy usage. In this session, Microsoft architect Lewis Curtis and environmental consultant Joan Krajewski will offer tips for planning more measurable green IT initiatives. (Thursday, 1 p.m., Room 502A)

If you’re going to TechEd, drop me a line. I’d love to meet up with some attendees and get your opinions on Microsoft’s virtualization efforts.

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