I spent this week at the 2011 Microsoft MVP Summit in Redmond, WA. It was an excellent trip, full of great information that I can’t talk about: Microsoft is the only company I have an NDA with! But I can say that no one should count that company out. Although Apple, Google, and Facebook (?!) get all the attention, Microsoft is making some good moves. The Kinnect and Windows Phone 7 show that innovation and creativity is alive and well in Redmond!
Now for some highlights from the week:
- My writing:
- I wrote another post for Network Computing: Storage Capacity Still Drives Accessibility
- I picked up a new 2011 MacBook Pro last Thursday, and took it along to Redmond. You might want to read my MacBook Pro review series:
- I had some time on the plane, so wrote up some things I’ve been meaning to get out:
- Some good deals popped up this week, too: Great Deals on iPads (for now) and Get a Cradlepoint PHS300 Portable 3G WiFi Router For Just $79!
- This week marks my first Storage for Virtual Environments seminar, so I kicked it off with Introducing Storage for Virtual Environments (From My Seminar)
- Other great stuff:
- Terry Slattery is perhaps the most-famous CCIE, and we were lucky to have him join us at Networking Field Day in September. But he wanted to talk about Infoblox & NetMRI at Tech Field Day from last month! He also wrote about IPv6 Economics – Why Move To IPv6?
- Another great post from Tech Field Day comes from Matthew Norwood, who will also be joining us in two weeks at Wireless Field Day: HP Networking — The Vision(As I Understand It)
- Last week saw the unveiling of the iPad 2: I don’t often share John Gruber’s writing, but I loved The Chair, and also really enjoyed MG Siegler’s piece, An iPad Lover’s (Initial) Thoughts On iPad 2
- Some interesting tech notes out of Redmond:
- Using Hyper-V with large sector drives on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2
- An update that improves the compatibility of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Advanced Format Disks is available
- File Server improvements from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 R2. 8 items for 8 years…
- A great Greg Schulz post on bit-level encoding: From bits to bytes: Decoding Encoding
- Nigel Poulton is always worth reading, but his take on Storage Benchmarking and Formula 1 is especially rewarding
- Nerd Vittles didn’t like the Motorola Xoom: A Disappointing Introduction to Android 3.0
- Another great enterprise networking piece by Greg Ferro: Diverging Ethernet Switch Markets
- Who’d have thought it? Exploring the Limits of Datacenter Temprature
- Some great information on the next Mac OS: iOS on the Desktop: Hands-On With the OS X 10.7 Lion Preview
- Bill Hill put together a great single-piece on Tech Field Day Posts as well as Fixed Block vs Variable Block Deduplication — A Quick Primer
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