Microsoft Plots Virtual Data

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-02-17 Print this article Print

As Microsoft prepares for the April launch of Windows Server 2003, the company is working on what it sees as the next big challenge: the "virtual data center."

As Microsoft prepares for the April launch of Windows Server 2003, the company is working on what it sees as the next big challenge: the "virtual data center."

Addressing a group of attendees at Microsofts Mountain View, Calif., campus last week, Bill Veghte, Microsofts corporate vice president of the Windows Server group, committed to making the virtual data center an industrywide initiative.

Microsoft will provide a system definition model, resource virtualization and partitioning, operational automation, and management of APIs and solutions, Veghte said.

"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," Veghte said.

He said the company has taken a huge step forward with the application server platform, which he said is driving its vision of Web services as well as the deployment and operation of those applications.

Veghte also acknowledged that there is a significant number of Unix servers in the installed base, "and we need to do a damn good job of interacting with them.

"You have to have Unix interoperability for people to leverage the skills sets and innovations they already have, even as they take advantage of the out-of-box benefits of Windows Server," Veghte said.

But there are also things Microsoft can learn from the open-source community, he said. "The transparency of the development model, the tools they have to debug using source—these are things we need to learn," Veghte said. "We need to relearn in our development process how to participate with the broader community."

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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