Microsoft Shares Dynamic Data Center Vision

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-07 Print this article Print

Vision involves using a collection of Microsoft's own software to manage and provision the data center.

NEW ORLEANS—As Microsoft Corp. works to live up to its promise to bring revolutionary changes to the data center, the Redmond, Wash., software company Tuesday announced the road map for its initiative to create a dynamic data center. Microsofts vision for the dynamic data center involves using a collection of its own software to manage and provision the data center, as well as Windows-certified servers, storage and networking switches connected in a well-defined network topology that could be changed on the fly, Eric Berg, a product manager for Windows Server marketing, told eWEEK in an interview here at the , or WinHEC. Microsoft also on Tuesday announced that several new hardware partners, including Fujitsu, NEC and IBM, has signed up to support its Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) and that they will be testing and validating Microsofts Automated Deployment Systems (ADS) on their hardware and integrating this with their deployment solutions.
Microsoft shipped the first deliverable for DSI with the beta release of Automated Deployment Services for Windows Server 2003 last month. This will be a free add-on feature for the Windows Server 2003 Enterprise or Datacenter Editions, but the companys vision for reducing complexity in the data center wont be realized for some time.
To achieve this goal, Microsoft believes it needs to align itself and its products around a new software architecture, based on its System Definition Model (SDM)—essentially an XML-based schema for easily instrumenting systems, applications and other infrastructure components during the development of those elements. While this is currently a Microsoft model, the company is working with its partners to ratify it. The SDM will be published and discussed further at Microsofts Professional Developers Conference later this year, Berg said. Microsoft has not decided specifically how it will make this an industrywide initiative, but already has the support of a large number of its partners. "We will open up the SDM for others to support," Berg said. "And, in addition, there will be a wide set of products from ISVs, hardware vendors and system integrators that will support this new software architecture based on the SDM."

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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