New Solution Accelerators

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-01-21 Print this article Print


Microsoft will also introduce four new Solution Accelerators that will be available at the Windows Server 2008 launch on Feb. 27. This is essentially free guidance resources and tools to help customers plan and deploy virtualization technologies, including Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Windows Server 2008 Terminal Services and Microsoft Application Virtualization, Orecklin said.


This latest reversal follows the company's flip-flop in June 2007, when it was all set to announce that the lower-cost Vista Home Basic ($199) and Vista Home Premium ($249) versions could be used in virtual machine environments, and that it had lifted its prohibition on the use of information rights management, digital rights management and its BitLocker data encryption service in a virtual machine.


In a prebriefing at the time, a spokesperson for the Vista team told eWEEK that the decision to allow the virtualization of all Vista SKUs was a reaction to greater awareness of the potential security issues around virtualization and customer pressure on the company to offer greater choice.


But then something happened that resulted in a 180-degree turnaround in Microsoft's position, with a company spokesperson telling eWEEK shortly thereafter that "Microsoft has reassessed the Windows virtualization policy and decided that we will maintain the original policy announced last fall."


That meant that only the high-end Business ($299) and Ultimate ($399) versions of Vista would continue to be enabled for virtualization.

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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