Microsoft to Deliver Windows
Server 2008 RC1 "> As VMware steps into the virtualization limelight in San Francisco at its VMworld conference Sept. 11, Microsoft is trying to steal some of that thunder by making a number of announcements of its own. Microsoft, of Redmond, Wash., is announcing that it plans to deliver the first release candidate of Windows Server 2008 later this month.The company will also announce that partner Citrix Systems has committed to standardize on its VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) image format as a common run-time environment for both virtualized operating systems and applications, making it easier for mutual customers to deploy virtualization solutions, he said. In addition, Microsoft will talk about a new installer utility for its SoftGrid Application Virtualization solution, which bridges the gap between traditional physical control of installed applications and the new paradigm of virtual applications. Read here about how an upcoming Microsoft management application will support VMware and Xen. While Microsoft still plans to release Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 together Feb. 27, 2008, in what will be the companys single largest launch ever, company officials acknowledged recently that Windows Server 2008 will be released to manufacturing in early 2008 rather than late 2007. But that delay could affect the timing of Microsofts Viridian hypervisor, which the company previously said would ship 180 days after Windows Server 2008. The delay could push back the introduction of this crucial piece of technology until the end of 2008 or even 2009, said John Abbott, an analyst with The 451 Group. But Orecklin disagreed, saying Microsoft is confident that it will still make the Feb. 27 launch date for Windows Server 2008 and that Windows Server Virtualization will be released within 180 days of that date. Read here why Microsoft delayed the RTM of Windows Server 2008. Any delay in Windows Server Virtualization gives VMware, of Palo Alto, Calif., more time "to consolidate its already huge market lead" in the virtualization space, Abbott said. He also said Microsoft might be having trouble scaling up the hypervisor for the enterprise space. "It may be harder than they expected," he said. That, in turn, could lead Microsoft to strengthen its ties with Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Citrix, which recently moved to buy open-source virtualization technology vendor XenSource. Page 2: Microsoft to Deliver Windows Server 2008 RC1
The first Community Technology Preview of Windows Server Virtualization, code-named Viridian, will be released at the same time, Larry Orecklin, Microsofts general manager of marketing for System Center, said at a media event Sept. 10.