This paper is published by TMurgent Technologies discusses issues that ISVs face in deciding whether/when to port their products to the 2005 version. If one develops C++ applications this paper covers the primary issues one needs to consider when deciding on whether/when to upgrade to VS2005. TMurgent experiences may tend to be more kernel/system oriented than individual projects and additional considerations may be needed that are not covered here.
The majority of consolidation projects are focusing on replacing a number of existing underutilized systems with a more modern server using virtualization. The ""Conventional wisdom"" in the field is to keep the number of virtual machines per server low and incorporate only servers that have low resource utilization. This white paper looks at the two leading ""Virtual machine"" architectures, from Microsoft and VMware. In the paper, tests are described and results published that provide insight into how these systems perform under scale.