Yesterday I was at the UK technical launch of Windows Server 2012, built from the cloud up!Â It was a great event to be part of. We MVPs had a big presence; I was on stage with Andrew Fryer (DPE aka @DeepFat) talking â€śbeyond virtualisationâ€ť, Damian Flynn (Cloud and System Center aka @damian_flynn) talked private/public/hybrid cloud with System Center and Azure, and Thomas Lee (PowerShell) presented on PowerShell and administration.
Iâ€™m guessing that there was something like 800 people in the full room. The stage was really nicely built, looking like something from a TechEd.Â You can see it below, with Jeff Woolsey (Principal PM Lead for Windows Server at Microsoft) presenting during the keynote.
During lunch and in the afternoon I was at the MVP desk out in the exhibitors hall. 18 companies had stands there, including servers, storage, software, and services. I worked a whiteboard, and as usual, Storage Pools, SOFS, and Hyper-V Replica were the hot topics.Â In fact, we were forcibly removed from the hall when it was time to shut down!
It was a fun day and I got to meet lots of people.Â The feedback was positive which always makes the work feel worthwhile.Â It was amazing how many of them said something like â€śWe have VMware but weâ€™re moving to Hyper-Vâ€ť.Â Best laugh of the day for me went to the guy who booed when his friend won a HP Microserver!
Thanks to Microsoft UK and Claire (the UK/IE MVP lead) for allowing me to participate!Â Itâ€™s always fun to share what information I have with people who are eager to learn.
I flew back in from London this morning (03:50 wakeup) and went straight to the office. Iâ€™ve got a web meeting to attend tonight, and a podcast recording tomorrow night, and about 10 hours of sleep to catch up on â€¦ so Iâ€™m going to be quiet
Watch out for the video interview that I did with the nice folks at PC Pro and Iâ€™ll leave you with some tweets from attendees yesterday:
@ShadowfaxTech: #Microsoft #ws2012 most excited by Hyper-V replicas and Livemigration. Basically better uptime and resilience for our clients.
@priteshgir: #WS2012 The best part at the launch has been discovering How much more capable HyperV is than some of the other virtual solutions available.
@wpsolltd: So long and thanks for all the fish. Bye bye vSphere hello Windows Server 2012. Thought SC 2012 was amazing W2K12 rocks #ws2012
@BlandJon: #WS2012 Love it! Cost savings, flexibility and scalability features are awesome not to mention Azure. Time to switch from VMware!
@coreinfra: “I was always for VMware, not anymore..#ws2012 is the #VMware killer…and its freeeee!” LOVE it @joe_elway :)
@MAKH83: I was always for VMware, not anymore..#ws2012 is the #VMware killer…and its freeeee!
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