By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-07-12 Print this article Print

The licenses for this will also include the right to run unlimited virtual instances on one server at no additional charge, which can potentially extend the savings customers can realize through server consolidation on the Windows Server platform, VanRoekel said. Click here to read more about how Microsoft has simplified Windows Server Licensing.
Lees will also talk about the upcoming update to the SQL Server Competitive Migration Program, which will include enhancements for partner solutions, migration tools to help partners transition customers to SQL Server 2005, and give a discount of as much as 50 percent for migrating customers.
Microsoft also recently released a second community technology preview of the SQL Server Migration Assistant for Sybase to help customers and partners migrate from legacy Sybase databases, supplementing the SQL Server Migration Assistant for Oracle. Microsoft also plans systems management offerings to help value-added resellers and value-added providers offer remote monitoring and IT managed services business to small and midsize organizations, based on the System Center family of products. To listen to more from Microsofts Partner Conference, click here. This managed services solution, known as System Center Essentials 2007, will be anchored by System Center Operations Manager 2007 and System Center Essentials 2007 technology, which is a new management product built from the ground up to address the IT management needs of midsize businesses. Partners can deploy this integrated managed solution at their customer infrastructure to provide end-to-end management of the Windows Server System platform, VanRoekel said. "This combined solution creates a powerful platform with which VARs and VAPs can provide remote software update management, monitoring and troubleshooting of customer environments over a secure Internet connection to provide end-to-end management of the Windows Server System platform," he said. In addition, partners can resell licenses to System Center Essentials 2007 as an "attach" offering to their existing server infrastructure practice to increase their incremental revenue. When asked about reported delays in the shipping schedule for its midmarket solution under development, code-named Centro, VanRoekel said the product was always planned to ship in 2007, but he declined to be more specific, saying that is dependent on when Longhorn Server ships. Click here to read more about Centro. The delays in the release of Windows Vista and Office 2007 have not impacted the product development and delivery strategy for SMB solutions, VanRoekel said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.

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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