Microsoft MMS, FusionIO and HP


Thanks for sharing Simon Williams –

New Records in Terms of VM Performance, Responsiveness, and Scalability

During MMS, 400 instructor-led lab seats with more than 2000 simultaneous virtual machines were provisioned in less than seven minutes, every 90 minutes, without any degradation, every day for five days. Over the course of the week:

  • 48,589 virtual machines were provisioned
  • 15,759 individual labs sessions supported
  • Maximum number of concurrent virtual machines achieved on the 32 node cluster:  8,312, ~260 VMs per blade server
  • Averaging 70-100 server-class virtual machines per blade server – with microsecond access latency
  • Consolidated 570 servers down to just 32 servers:  dramatic savings in power and cooling, smaller footprint
  • Each of the 32 HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 blade servers in the ‘HP Cloud Solution for Microsoft’ were configured with a 785GB or 1.2TB HP IO Accelerator mezzanine card
  • With each IO Accelerator delivering about 250,000 IOPS, aggregate system performance capability reaches 8 million IOPS
  • With each IO Accelerator delivering 1.5 GB/s bandwidth, system throughput capability is 48 GB/s
  • Each IO Accelerator makes it possible to host more and larger virtual machines per blade server, per core
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Telefónica provides Microsoft with 130,000 new Office 365 users

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Microsoft launches Windows Azure Infrastructure Services – IaaS


Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (Azure Iaas) has now been launched!

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SQL Server 2000 Extended Support has ended (9th April, 2013)


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How Microsoft *does* IT….

Every wondered how Microsoft runs their own global IT services? Well wonder no more… We have a team called Microsoft IT Showcase that typically made available on request content around how Microsoft does IT. The team has just published a YouTube Channel called Microsoft IT Showcase where you can get access to the media and content. Check it out.

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Huawei unveils a new Windows Phone for Africa

Microsoft and Huawei today unveiled a new Windows Phone designed specifically for Africa, one of the most rapidly-growing technology markets in the world. 

The phone, called the Huawei 4Afrika, is the first in a series of smart devices being custom developed for the continent and released as part of Microsoft’s sweeping new 4Afrika Initiative, which also kicked off today. (Check out this blog post and website for more details.)

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Yammer and SharePoint Roadmap Update

Thanks to my productivity sales colleague Nick Schoeffler for sharing this roadmap link.

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