In an earlier post, I covered some of the background on one of the keynote speakers at Citrix Synergy, Nicholas Carr. Another major keynote speaker at Citrix Synergy is Bob Muglia, Senior Vice Preseident of Server and Tools Business at Microsoft.

Here is a bit about Bob Muglia from his official Bio on –

Bob Muglia is Senior Vice President of the Server and Tools Business (STB), a part of the Platforms & Services Division at Microsoft. STB is chartered to deliver Microsoft’s unique vision for information technology professionals and developers: “Empower People across the IT Lifecycle through Integrated Software Innovation.” As STB business leader, Muglia is responsible for developing and marketing Microsoft’s infrastructure and developer software. This integrated set of products provides the foundation for IT operations, security, application development and integration. This portfolio includes Microsoft Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center management products and the Forefront line of business security products.

Since joining Microsoft in January 1988, Muglia has served in a variety of positions, including managing the development of the MSN network of Internet services and Microsoft Office family of business productivity applications, Windows Server applications, and productivity appliances such as Pocket PCs, eBooks and Tablet PCs. In addition, Muglia helped to bring together the Visual Studio family of developer tools and drive the Win32 API, customer requirements and product specification for the Microsoft Windows NT operating system.


Here is a link to an interview I found with Bob Muglia on Technet Edge. In this interview, Bob admits to having NINE servers at his house.

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Steven Bink posted an interview with Bob Muglia last month on his site. Here are a few snippets –


First of all I asked the obvious question about Hyper-V, if he would be more detailed on the release date than “after 180 days of the release of Windows Server 2008” He smiled and just repeated “180 days of the release of Windows Server 2008”

I asked him about Hyper-V and the stand-alone SKU it will be released in, can you walk in a store and buy it from the shelve for the announced $28?
He said it probably will be popular in the OEM channel and not in the retail.


Now that Hyper-V beta is out, it is a pity there is no System Center Virtual Machine Manager that can mange Hyper-V. When can we expect a beta of SCVMMv2? He said the beta will be out this spring (which meteorological) is now) The final version is to be expected the same time as Hyper-V RTM is available.

I told him that I was kind of surprised when Microsoft announced a few months ago that SCVMMv2 will manage Vmware (ESX) servers. He said this was all customer demand, It should be manageable, integrated and easy. So also not just Microsoft but also Vmware, not just Windows VM’s but also Linux.

Last year Bob Muglia did a video with Citrix in regards to the Windows 2008 Launch and our aquisistion of XenSource.


(If you cannot see the video embedded, follow this link_._)

If you would like to see past examples of Bob Muglia keynote sessions, the Microsoft TechNet Spotlight site has three for you to watch

You can click here to register for Citrix Synergy. We look forward to seeing you in Houston.