Virtualization Price Break

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


Microsoft and Citrix will also collaborate to ensure that the Citrix XenDesktop connection broker works well with Windows Optimized Desktop solutions.

Microsoft expects to release Hyper-V in the third quarter of 2008.

Within three months of then, Microsoft will also release a tool to help customers migrate from the Xen hypervisor to Hyper-V. "It takes the VHD format and converts that to the Hyper-V format seamlessly," said Orecklin.

Microsoft will also use the Jan. 22 virtualization event to announce that it will cut the annual subscription price of its Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop by more than two-thirds, to $23 per desktop from $78 previously for rich-client access devices covered by the Windows client Software Assurance program. 

"This price reduction is in the spirit of making this more approachable and available, and we feel it is competitive at this level and strikes the right balance," Boettcher said.

The licensing for Windows Vista Enterprise Centralized Desktop allows customers to run Windows in virtual machines on servers and access them from either PCs or thin clients.

Microsoft said that Calista, which has about 35 employees, will become a wholly owned Microsoft subsidiary, and will remain in California. Microsoft officials declined to disclose financial details of the deal.

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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