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Hyper-V Maddens Microsoft MVP

UPDATE: It's Doug's blog, but it's my post and I'm Michael Domingo, exec.  editor, and fully to blame on the big mistakes in it. 

Commenter Aidan is correct -- I can't find a clue. In my haste,  working with some Hyper-V coverage on other sites, I made the big mistake of equating Hyper-V with anything having to do with Microsoft's virtualization efforts. Still, no excuse for my idiocy.

In any event, we'll leave this post up, mistakes and all, because there are some good discussions on other blogs about the issues around OnLive's licensing deal with Microsoft. Brian Madden's post is a good start (he links to other discussions), but check these other ones as well:

Daniel Eran Dilger at AppleInsider: http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/03/08/microsoft_challenging_licensing_of_onlives_windows_7_virtualization_for_ipad.html

Will Shanklin at geek.com: http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/microsoft-isnt-happy-with-onlive-desktop-for-ipad-and-android-tablets-2012038/

A review from The New York Times, sans controversy: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/technology/personaltech/onlive-desktop-plus-puts-windows-7-on-the-ipad-in-blazing-speed-state-of-the-art.html

Microsoft CVP of Corporate Licensing and Pricing, Joe Matz, posting on TechNet regarding their investigation of OnLive's licensing deal (well, at least what he can say about it as they dig into the issue a bit deeper): http://blogs.technet.com/b/volume-licensing/archive/2012/03/08/delivery-of-desktop-like-functionality-through-outsourcer-arrangements-and-service-provider-license-agreements.aspx

With that, the unadulterated and idiotic post (if you care to read on, that is....):

Brian Madden is a star in the virtualization realm, so to speak. What he has to say about Microsoft's Hyper-V is eye-opening, and it's got him mad enough to want to dismiss his Microsoft MVP status.

In a nutshell, Madden believes Microsoft's licensing scheme will hinder the use of Hyper-V on a scale to contend with the likes of VMware and Citrix. In particular is the mystery behind the licensing deal that seems to give OnLive Desktop (based on the ads I've been seeing during some of the ESPN sports programming, it looks to be a nifty service where you can run Windows apps virtualized -- even Flash-based ones -- on devices like the Flash-unfriendly iPad) an edge that no other company seems to be able to take advantage of.

For those of you who are willing to look past that and continue to use Hyper-V, do check out Brien Posey's best practices guide. And don't forget Paul Schnackenburg's "Paul on Hyper-V" column over at VirtualizationReview.com.
-By Michael Domingo

Posted by Michael Domingo on 03/07/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Reader Comments:

Thu, Mar 8, 2012

Doug, do yourself a favor and remove this article. You look incredibly foolish. You're not even remotely close.

Thu, Mar 8, 2012

This article is completely wrong. Let me guess... Sponsored by VMware?

Thu, Mar 8, 2012 Marcel

This 'article' is a complete joke. As Aidan Finn commented the author cannot find a clue in a clue factory. I assume the article is a mistake. Brian Madden never mentioned Hyper-v in his article. Please remove this nonsense to prevent more damage to the image of redmond magazine.

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 Dan Iowa

I am angry too! I want to be aable to use Windows 7 VMs, and offer them to the public for free or next to nothing. (I believe that was the scenario presented.) I don't see why Microsoft should make me pay for this! OK, so they might never be able to sell Windows 7 if I did that... In all seriousness, I'm not sure I'd get mad if they don't roll over and let you trash their own business. It virtualization is great and all, but you can't say their screwing you just because they won't let you screw them.

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 Nathan Lasnoski Virtualizing

Microsoft has developed an awesome product set with Hyper-V and System Center. Further, Remote Desktop Services continues to push the innovation bar forward, especially in Windows 8. The root of Brian’s post was an argument over licensing of VDI, which is not even a platform discussion. It is hardly a product issue or even a fair analysis. Even if you feel that Microsoft has to change licensing in the VDI space, the product has clear cost advantages over VMware. I know, as I unseat VMware all the time, because of costs, management advantages, or features.

Wed, Mar 7, 2012 Aidan Finn Somewhere Out There

Hmm, Don't ya just love journalists who couldn't find a clue in a clue factory. Brian was talking about licensing Windows for VDI in the hosting world, and nowhere did he even mention "Hyper-V" just once. Ethics, let me introduce you to Michael ...

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