Microsoft products like Visual Studio .Net will support the SDM and make it easier to develop applications that are operationally aware, while server software like SQL and Exchange will also support it to provision and manage those servers. "Windows servers will be able to support the SDM to support things like automated resource management. Microsoft would also be making specific investments in its management tools team to support SDM and DSI going forward," Berg said."Our first version of ADS focuses on server provisioning so, for the dynamic data center, we are going to extend that to care about storage and networking switches as well," Berg said. To kick-start the initiative, Microsoft on Tuesday released a technical white paper titled "Building a Dynamic Datacenter," which discusses hardware requirements and innovation ideas as well as what Microsofts software architecture looks like, he said. This provided fodder for discussions between Microsoft and its hardware partners about how they could innovate on the hardware underneath and what interfaces Microsoft needs to expose above for them to differentiate on. As first reported by eWEEK, Microsoft in February floated the idea of the virtual data center, saying it was committed to making it an industrywide initiative. For its part, Microsoft said at that time it would provide a system definition model, resource virtualization and partitioning, operational automation, and management of APIs and solutions. "What were now doing is thinking about what Windows Server can do on the deployment and operation and policy of how those applications are written and how server applications such as Exchange or SQL take advantage of them," Bill Veghte, Microsofts corporate vice president of the Windows Server group, said at that time, declining to elaborate further.
The first implementation of the SDM will be delivered in the next version of Microsofts Visual Studio development tool, due early next year. Following that release will be an SDM implementation in Microsoft Operations Manager 2004, due next summer, and then in the forthcoming Systems Center suite.