Introducing #Dell PowerEdge VRTX for Hybrid #Cloud with System Center 2012 SP1 Suite #sysctr


DELL PowerEdge VRTX Has Potential Beyond ROBO As a Scale Out File Server Building Block

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The PowerEdge VRTX

I went to have a chat with Dell at TechEd 2013 Europe in Madrid. The VRTX was launched during DELL Enterprise Forum early June 2013 this concept packs a punch and I encourage you to go look at the VRTX (pronounced as “Vertex”) in more detail here. It’s a very quite setup which can be hooked up to standard power. Pretty energy efficient when you consider the power of the VRTX. And the entire setup surely packs a lot of punch at an attractive price point.

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It can serve perfectly for Remote Office / Branch Office (ROBO) deployments but has many more use cases as it’s very versatile. In my humble opinion DELL’s latest form factor could be used for some very nice scale out scenarios. It’s near perfect for a Windows Server 2012 Scale Out File Server (SOFS) building block. While smaller ones can be…

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Get your Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview here #WS2012 #Winserv #Hyperv #WindowsAzure #TEE13

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview



Get your evaluation copy now of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview now supports two types of activation:
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This AVMA key enables license activation for virtual machines based on the license state of the virtualization server (please see this  whitepaper for more information).


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What is new in Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 ? #sysctr #Cloud #WindowsAzure #SCVMM

Complete VM Mobility Across The Data Center with SMB 3.0, RDMA, Multichannel & Windows Server 2012 (R2)

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The moment I figured out that Storage Live Migration (in certain scenarios) and Shared Nothing Live Migration leverage SMB 3.0 and as such Multichannel and RDMA in Windows Server 2012 I was hooked. I just couldn’t let go of the concept of leveraging RDMA for those scenarios.  Let me show you the value of my current favorite network design for some demanding Hyper-V environments. I was challenged a couple of time on the cost/port of this design which is, when you really think of it, a very myopic way of calculating TCO/ROI. Really it is. And this week at TechEd North America 2013 Microsoft announced that all types of Live Migrations support Multichannel & RDMA (next to compression) in Windows Server 2012 R2.  Watch that in action at minute 39 over here at Understanding the Hyper-V over SMB Scenario, Configurations, and End-to-End Performance. You should have seen the…

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MCTDayZero – Leveraging Windows Azure Infrastructure Services as an MCT – IT Pros ROCK! at Microsoft – Site Home – TechNet Blogs

In SkillingUP its always about finding the best ways to use what technology thats available in all cases to get the most out of learning / presenting / lab’ing – Keith Mayer from MS has a great article on how he is using Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.

MCTDayZero – Leveraging Windows Azure Infrastructure Services as an MCT – IT Pros ROCK! at Microsoft – Site Home – TechNet Blogs.


/Enjoi ChBooth