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

In his keynote address at WinHEC on Tuesday, Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates also talked about the changes to come in the data center. Windows Server 2003 has brought built-in provisioning across the network in an automated process, which was a major advance and formed part of Microsofts DSI, designed to ensure that the quality of applications running would be better, while the costs of managing this would be lower, Gates said, demonstrating a dynamic data center built by Hewlett-Packard Co.
The road map going forward will see the ADS piece ship in the third quarter of this year, while the Windows Virtual Server product based on the technologies Microsoft acquired when it bought Connectix Corp. in February will be released in the fourth quarter.
In the timeframe of the next Windows client release (2004 to 2005), currently code-named Longhorn, Microsoft will be developing custom SDM applications that are validated at design time, with that validation compatible with the data center environment, Berg said. Those custom SDM applications can then be deployed across a dynamic data center, he said. While Microsoft officials have hinted that there may be some sort of Longhorn Server release, they have declined to be specific in that regard. In the 2006 to 2007 timeframe, roughly that of the Windows release after Longhorn, code-named Blackcomb, are a number of supported scenarios. These include custom and third–party applications with built-in automation, fully automated software and resource provisioning, and business policy that directly drives changes in applications and resources, he said. "We want to make sure that, incrementally as we go along, were delivering value. Were talking about timeframes now and not specific SKUs," Berg said. Microsoft is also committed to interoperability regarding the dynamic data center and has been talking with its partners about how to open up the right set of APIs to enable technologies like ADS to deploy non-Windows servers. "So what youll see in our approach is opening up the set of interfaces and partnering for people to do development around that environment. We want to enable a dynamic data center that is heterogeneous but centrally controlled and automated by our software," Berg said. HP and Microsoft are already looking at how HP can use ADS as a server provisioning tool for its utility data center solution. "At the end of the day they dont want to be in the hardware resource management business. If Microsoft can come in and provide them with some great plumbing they can leverage, theyre all for it," he said. More News from WinHEC:
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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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