Microsoft's virtualization products

HOUSTON, TX–Microsoft has released a collection of virtualization products that the company says demonstrates its interest in capturing the server virtualization market.

During his keynote Wednesday at Microsoft’s 2008 Worldwide Partner Conference here, Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of infrastructure server marketing, said the company intends to capture the vast majority of servers that are not running virtualization technology.

To that end, Kelly announced a set of new virtualization products, starting with the company’s hypervisor virtualization system, Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008, that is available via Windows Update.

He added that Hyper-V would cost a third of that offered by competitor, VMware.

Kelly also announced two other virtualization products slated for launch on 8 Sep. this year, which are currently in beta version–System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 and Microsoft Application Virtualization.


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