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VMware gives in, joins Microsoft's SVVP program

Perhaps most importantly, a Microsoft PR rep also confirmed this morning that VMware has joined the SVVP, which will allow customers running Microsoft server apps on VMware's virtualization platforms to get improved Microsoft technical support. VMware's decision to join the SVVP--and Microsoft's willingness to welcome VMware into the SVVP program -- is good news for the virtualization market, and even better news for IT Pros tasked with managing VMware and Microsoft products under one roof. (A caveat: At press time, neither the Microsoft SVVP page or the related news release list VMware as a member of the SVVP program.)

Microsoft also sent word that it plans to launch a series of more than 100 global virtualization events (beginning August 3rd) to kickstart the launch of Hyper-V and related Microsoft products, like System center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (VMM2008). For more information on the Microsoft virtualization event series, visit www.getvirtualnow.com.



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Dress me up in my new threads
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grease my hair
I'm ready for the fall


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