Microsoft to Deliver Windows

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-09-11 Print this article Print

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 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.
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

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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