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

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.
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.
"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.

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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