Version 5.5 of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit was released early this week.
One year after announcing a $250 million, three-year pact to deliver next-generation data center technology, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft this week unveiled five appliances that offer Exchange and SQL Server in turnkey configurations.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
Microsoft has posted the release candidate of Service Pack 1 for System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2.
Rockdale County School District in Georgia has experienced the benefits of server virtualization, which has--so far in the early phases of implementation--saved on hardware costs and helped IT staff consolidate and cut down server "clutter." But what about server virtualization's little cousin, desktop virtualization? Rockdale's tried it ... twice; but for this district it's proved a less than ideal alternative to full-featured PCs.
- By Bridget McCrea
Cisco's desktop virtualization dreams call on partners for the heavy lifting, even as it introduces devices to compete.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Energy efficiency is more important to K-12 IT managers than ever. About three-quarters of all K-12 organizations have a program in place or in development to reduce IT energy consumption, and most of those have already begun seeing cost savings from their efforts, according to new research released this week. But barriers to more widespread energy efficiency initiatives remain.
A California school district is turning to virtualized desktops to override its traditional equipment replacement policy.
- By Bridget McCrea
Virtual computing can take some getting used to. Three districts that have made the leap from conventional desktop PCs offer firsthand advice.
- By Jennifer Demski
Microsoft recently announced a partnership with Cloud.com to help integrate its commercial hypervisor into the open source OpenStack project.
Release candidate versions of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 have been released and can now be downloaded.