Sunday, April 27, 2008

IPv6 - folks seem to be paying more attention?

Well, one of my observations for the Microsoft MVP Summit was that the network team at Microsoft is still very interested in hearing about what is happening with IPv6 and if anyone has done anything with IPv6. I am not sure that Microsoft has a good road map of what needs to happen to make IPv6 a reality in North America but they are paying attention.
Microsoft has several reasons for getting IPv6 out to the consumer space as quickly as possible. IPv6 will allow Microsoft devices to do peer to peer easily and allow them to get back to the model of all hosts being available and accessible which is a desirable thing when you build an OS platform for PC's.
In addition to all this, there appears to be in the works some cool applications that will be IPv6 only that will leverage that peer to peer openness that IPv6 allows. I think the next generation of Groove would be a great starting point myself.
With Server 2008 having the same network stack as Vista and both being IPv6/IPv4 I think there is an opportunity for IPv6 services to leapfrog some of the IPv4 technologies and potentially allow IPv6 to grow more quickly then originally anticipated. Only time will tell.
- Ed

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Microsoft MVP Summit

It is that time again, the Microsoft MVP Summit is next week and I am flying up tomorrow to catch up with it (late as usual) and then hopefully hear and learn about all the new and interesting stuff that Microsoft is up to. As is typical for all MVP's, seems that most of the content is covered under NDA but anything that isn't I will try and make a comment about. Seems that Server 2008, Security (Forefront), and System Center will be talked a lot about.
I got very mixed feedback on the new Hyper-V product at the Server 2008 launch event. Most folks who are working with other hypervisors really felt that Hyper-V was behind the curve and it isn't really officially out yet. I don't know how much market share Microsoft can gain in that market but I guess they should have something to reduce the de-coupling of the OS to the hardware, something Microsoft considers pretty important. They definitely want a piece of Microsoft software controlling the hardware and any other OS that wants to use the hardware should have to go through that MS software. I really believe that is for licensing reasons as technically I can't see that it would make that much of a difference.
- Ed