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The price increase of user CAL by Microsoft troubles IT pros

December 5th, 2012    Posted in Internet, web server news, Windows Server

On the 1st of December, Microsoft raised the price tag of its user CAL (client access license) by 15%, which resulted in drastically higher prices for the clients who have no other choice but to pay.

The price increase of user CAL by Microsoft troubles IT pros

The user CAL is used by companies which require its employees to access the Microsoft servers or other products via a variety of devices, including laptops, smartphones and tablets. The increase of price will not have an effect on the device client access license, which is to be used for a single device to access a Microsoft server, in spite of the number of users on the device.

Although the customers of user CAL by Microsoft seems to be very frustrated due to the unexpected price hike, they are left with little choice except to take the Microsoft’s way and pay the new increased price.

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Microsoft Releases BizTalk Server 2013 Beta

November 23rd, 2012    Posted in Internet, web server news, Windows Server

The accessibility to Connectivity server is going to be given through on-premise servers or Windows Azure cloud by Microsoft.

Microsoft has announced the release of the beta edition of its BizTalk Server 2013. The BizTalk Server 2013 will add support for the Visual Studio 2012, Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012.


In addition, the company also promised the transaction integration features with the solutions from SAP, Oracle and Microsoft’s own SharePoint and Dynamics technologies. The developers will be able to leverage BizTalk Server 2013 via the Business Connectivity Services capabilities of SharePoint.

Although Microsoft previously stated that it is planning to publish the final product of BizTalk Server 2013 after 6 months from the release of Windows 8, or April, now they have stated that it would be released within the 2nd half of 2013 calendar. The ESB Toolkit will be integrated to BizTalk Server 2013.

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Dell acquires Boomi

November 20th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Internet, web server news

Dell has obtained the SaaS (Software as a Service) integration company Boomi.

The Boomi AtomSphere allows the users to connect any combination of Cloud, SaaS, or On-Premise applications with no software, no appliances, and no coding.

Dell acquires Boomi

Neither parties disclosed the terms and conditions of the acquisition. However, Dell, the technology solutions, services and support provider, stated that the deal is expected to help the businesses employ and enjoy the total value of the cloud computing technology.

The SaaS (Software as a Service) application integration platform of Boomi can transfer data between on-premises and cloud-based applications without software or appliances.

The CEO of Boomi, Bob Moul, stated that the acquisition will make it possible to scale the products of Boomi on a global platform.

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Server virtualization vendors are trying to push the application defined data center

November 19th, 2012    Posted in virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, web server news

It seems that, as gaps in features are closing between the rivals in the server virtualization industry, the vendors are looking to pull apart of the server infrastructure and go beyond server memory and CPU in their control. And the IT community seems to use the “wait and see” technique about how this will all come together.

Server virtualization vendors are trying to push the application defined data center

The VMware Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure, who delivers customer-proven virtualization solutions, has started to use the term “land-grab” to refer to this infrastructure of data centers where the software or the applications will be defining the data center. This concept took the center stage at the last VMworld conference by VMware in San Francisco.

According to the VMware executives who delivered the keynote speeches at VMworld conference, in a data center infrastructure which is software defined, “all of the infrastructure will be virtualized and will be delivered like a service, while the automation will be completely controlled by the software”.

Microsoft, which uses the Hyper-V virtualization technology, is also going to introduce its very own protocol to be used for network virtualization. The protocol is dubbed NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation), which, similar to VXLAN by VMware, could be used in order to overcome the limitations in VLAN scalability.

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Windows Server 2012, receives the first patches

November 16th, 2012    Posted in Internet, web server news, Windows Server

Two of the Patch Tuesday’s passed without any mentions about the Windows Server 2012, and Microsoft has decided end that trend in November.

Microsoft released 3 critical bulletins in this week, according to the part of the monthly updates on Patch Tuesday, promises patches for Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2012, receives the first patches

The Bulletin MS-075 will fix 3 vulnerabilities within the kernel-mode drivers of Windows, which might also direct to the remote code executions. The patches will deal with the issues regarding the documents, which are embedded in a malevolent TrueType font that enables an attacker to take control of the system. And the patches will also address the security issues in Windows 8.

The security expert say that it is not a surprise that patches like MS-075 are designed to address the vulnerabilities in both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

In addition, the MS Office suite also received an important update.

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Microsoft attempts ‘kitchen sink’ approach for Windows Server 2012 update

November 6th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, Virtualized Data Centers, web server news, Windows Server

IT professionals say that Microsoft could have printed “includes the kitchen sink” in the product packaging of Windows Server 2012.

According to them, Microsoft has packed much more important core abilities straight into this particular edition of their flagship OS, by a broad margin, when compared to almost any prior incarnation. A number of these abilities strengthen not just fundamental operating system features but also are developed to serve as foundations for Microsoft’s virtualization, storage and cloud techniques. And Microsoft also has a number of rapacious rivals in each one of those markets.

Microsoft attempts 'kitchen sink' approach for Windows Server 2012 update

However, it is yet to be seen if this raft of brand new technologies and features (more than 300 in number) could persuade Microsoft corporate clients to maneuver out from the cozy limits associated with Windows Server 2008 R2 and into Windows Server 2012 anytime soon. While some are all ready to upgrade their servers to Windows Server 2012, some others are stating that they are still in the process of upgrading their servers into Windows Server 2008 R2.

Eugene Lee, the senior systems administrator of a big bank in the Charlotte, North Carolina, stated that, although upgrading to Windows Server 2012 looks like a pretty exciting proposition, it is necessary to think about not only what his next server Operating System requirements are, but also the requirements of the virtualization and cloud strategies. He also stated that he would stay with the Windows Server 2008 until he investigates how the new version (Windows Server 2012) would operate with non-Windows applications and environments.

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Microsoft and VMware to offer big discounts in order to gain virtualization market share

November 5th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, web server news, Windows Server

According to the channel partners and IT shops of Microsoft and VMware, when they compare the publicly available prices of the IT giants, the figures of both should be taken together with a pinch of salt, due to the fact that both these vendors are negotiating prices in order to capture territory in the virtualization market.

In theory, comparison between the published price lists for Microsoft and VMware virtualization tools differentiate according to many factors like the scale of the virtual environment, the kind of operating system that’s been virtualized, and also on the management tools that a particular customer buys.

However, there are many theoretical nitpicks, which surround operational efficiency, VM density and also the ever-elusive notion of TCO (Total Cost of Ownership).

Microsoft and VMware to offer big discounts in order to gain virtualization market share

In reality, however, the actual negotiations that takes place renders the list pricing controversial.

As of now, for the customers of Microsoft, the best thing to do if they want to negotiate for a better price is to enter into an EA (Enterprise Agreement) with Microsoft. And the users of virtualization can also get a hold of the ECI (Enrollment for Core Infrastructure) that delivers Microsoft System Center 2012 and Windows Server OS together, which is cheaper than licensing those two products separately.

Although the ECI prices are different from organization to organization, the prices almost always drop well underneath the list prices.

In addition, Microsoft also offers generous discounts for the organizations that are in the field of education. Some educational organizations, such as the Olin Business School in Washington University (St. Louis), have reported that they are only paying $150 for a processor, which is actually priced at $2,357. That’s more than a 93% discount. And although VMware also offers academic discounts, they never even get close to that scale.

However, VMware is up for negotiations as well. VMware will offer discounts up to 50% Large VMware shops via the ELAs (Enterprise License Agreements). And according to VMware experts, almost no one pays the list price for anything.

In reality, however, the actual negotiations that takes place renders the list pricing controversial.

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Hyper-V 3.0 Tools Will Not Turn Up until System Center 2012 SP1

November 2nd, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, web server news, Windows Server

Although Windows Server 2012 was released for general availability on the 4th of September, the virtualization shops that is looking forward to set up the latest version of Hyper-V on their stations will have to wait until Microsoft releases the SP1 to manage the Hyper-V hosts, which are running the new Operating System.

According to the documentation issued by Microsoft, the version of the System Center 2012 that is currently shipping will only support the Hyper-V hosts that are running Windows Server 2008.

Hyper-V 3.0 Tools Will Not Turn Up until System Center 2012 SP1

In the meantime, the System Center 2012 SP1 (Service Pack 1), the version that is compatible with Hyper-V 3.0 (aka Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V), is in the 2nd Community Technology Preview, which is a pre-beta version that won’t be used by most of users in production.

However, the System Center 2012 SP1 is one of the necessities to take benefit of the new features in Hyper-V 3.0 such as NVGRE (Network Virtualization using Generic Routing Encapsulation), enhanced backup support for CSVs (Cluster Shared Volumes) and enhancements in live migration.

Up till now, Microsoft has not stated a timing frame for the release candidate or the RTM (release to manufacturers) for SP1. According to the sources, even Microsoft’s Technology Adoption Program or the Most Valuable Professional communities have not received any news about the release.

However, Microsoft officials stated that the exact information about Windows System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 would be revealed in the months to come.

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65% of IT Professionals Say They are Extremely Satisfied with New Windows Server 2012

October 5th, 2012    Posted in Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V, virtualization, web server news, Windows Server

InformationWeek (the news and information source for information technology professionals and business managers), conducted a peer-based IT research and analysis program on Windows Server 2012. The final report of the poll, which was responded by 850 business technology professionals, has been now been released.

New Windows Server 2012


While the research indicates that the release of Windows 8 is overshadowing the release of Windows Server 2012, the server side upgrade of Microsoft is expected to make a much larger effect on most IT companies in 2013, when compared to the client-side Operating System.

Findings of the poll:

  • * 77% of the survey participants currently have Microsoft’s Hyper-V technology in use, or are prepared to adapt to the new hypervisor.
  • * 22% of the participants are now running Windows Server 2003; but by 2014, the number is expected to go down to 5%.
  • * 20% thinks that single pane of glass management for all the Windows Servers within the domain would have a substantial effect on the stores.
  • * 3% of them say that they will wait for the Service Pack 1 to set up Server 2012.


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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V 2012 – Wining Early Partners

September 28th, 2012    Posted in cloud hosting, Hyper-V, Internet, Microsoft Hyper-V, web server news

The Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012, along with the brand new upgraded Hyper-V 2012 hypervisor, has started to win the confidence of Microsoft channel partners along with the trust of their customers. One of the best examples for this is the “Quality Technology Solutions”, one of the partners of Microsoft from New Jersey, who started to set up the new Windows Server 2012 OS in one of the law firms with a NetApp Storage Area Network (also known as a NetApp SAN). And the law firm is expecting to save a lot of money in the future because of this one-step long-term solution. In addition, the QTS has also started to take it even further by linking the Microsoft solutions on-premises to new cloud offerings such as Office 365 and Windows Intune.


As Steve Ballmer, the chief executive officer of Microsoft stated “This year will mark Microsoft’s most ambitious product update cycle after the arrival of Office 95and Windows 95, 17 years back”. The CEO also pointed out that Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and Office 2013 would be the huge opportunities for their partners ahead.

Quality Technology Solutions will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the company this year. It is one of the many companies who are heavily focusing on Windows Server 2012. The company also selected as the New York Metro District Partner of Microsoft for FY2012. It was also one of the finalists for the United States Partner of the Year.

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