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.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 thirdparty 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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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.