Here’s the key points I pulled from today’s keynote at TechEd. I’ll post this as we go, with updates later!
The keynote did not have much really stunning news – most of the ‘announcements’ were well trailed and had been largely already announced. I was very dissapointed with no mention of PowerShell V2 (or announcing it’s availability!) and no mention at all of OCS 2007 R2. But hey – it’s great to see MS getting into recycling (and now recycling news).
- TechEd 2009 is to be in Berlin (Hooray – I think!)
- Brad Anderson is speaker – he’s the GM of the Management and Services Division.
- Brad see's IT Priorities today as: Virtualisation, Cloud, Compliance, BI, Access Anywhere, Green IT
- Dynamic IT is the key – 4 key areas (virtualisation, models of IT, service orientation (cloud), user focused (Win7)
- Infrastructure Optimisation is a key aspect to enable dynamic IT or help organisations get there.
- WiFi is poor (again) – although it managed to more or less be usable for the whole 90 minutes.
- Brad says, moving forward 5% of worlds power supply goes to powering IT data centres – wow!
- A server at idle, uses 60& of full power .
- Virtualisation gives 10:1 impact (each physical server can support 10 virtual servers) – 90% reduction in power usage.
- Next release of Windows Server R2 – includes a new version of Hyper-V. Moving forward, Hyper-V will be updated with the OS and not out of band.
- Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V will have live migration (a feature dropped from first release of Hyper-V V1)
- They did a System Center VMM demo – very cool
- Everything starts with a model
- PRO – performance resource optimisation – part of SCC VM monitors SLA compliance (and can make recommendations)
- Virtualisation is not a product but a strategy (including server desktop, application and presentation). Not a new message.
- Kidaro integrates into MDOP next year
- MDOP the fastest selling product inside software licensing
- App-V – application virtualisation is independent of the OS
- Oslo is new modelling techniques to help manage the combination of app/server management
- MS is currently the largest commercial purchaser of servers today!
- New data centres – one a quarter – based on green IT (using ambient air to do cooling).
Server 2008 R2
- New Hyper-V version coming
- Updates to IIS and ASP.NE on Server Core
- Power Management improvements
- PowerShell V2 including lots of new cmdlets (also as previously announced, PowerShell will run on Server Core)
- Best practices analyser – no details of what it will look like
- DirectAccss – VPN-less business across the internet.
- Branch Cache – a caching solution to improve performance/decrease bandwidth demand for poorly connected sites
- Bitlocker to go – encryption for disconnected media eg thumb drives
- Kilimanjaro – next version
- Gemini – self service BI analysis
- Cool demo – lots more legs to BI!
- Forefront – built on Operations Manager, etc.
- Next release of Forefront will be installable on top of existing ops manager implementation
Services (aka The Cloud)
- Moving forward “Live” brand is consumer focused, “On-Line” is business brand
- MS seem to be killing off 3rd party hosting partners
- Coexistence between cloud and org starts with synching local AD with Cloud – this mean all YOUR AD Contents now are hosted by MS.
- Launch in Spring 2009
- Azure – launched last week at PDC contains key features to help you migrate to the cloud.