Virtualization Meets the Core

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2004-02-18 Print this article Print

Window Kernel?"> Berg also skirted the issue of whether Microsoft would integrate this virtual server technology into the core Windows kernel going forward, saying that Microsofts current focus was on selling it as a stand-alone, separate server product. "You know, there are some core capabilities in Windows Server 2003 today that deal with resource management but that dont have the full range of capabilities that you have in Virtual Server. But there are some capabilities in the operating system that can address certain capabilities," he said.
While pricing was not disclosed today, Berg said customers should expect this to be extremely competitive and that Microsoft would deliver "a great amount of value in terms of price performance for customers and we will be pricing accordingly.
The announcement of the Virtual Server beta follows the news last November that Microsoft had released its Virtual PC technology to manufacturing at a lower price than the original Connectix product. There has been a lot of activity around virtualization firms in recent months. In December, storage vendor EMC Corp. bought VMware Inc. in a bid to offer combined storage and server virtualization and management tools. Also in December, open source and Linux provider Red Hat Inc. announced it was acquiring Minneapolis-based Sistina Software Inc., (/article2/0,4149,1417646,00.asp) a storage infrastructure software company, for some $31 million, to be paid through the issuance of Red Hat common stock. "Concurrent with Red Hats Open Source Architecture strategy, the acquisition will provide Enterprise Linux customers a path to virtualization and vendor-independent storage solutions. The acquisition of the Sistina technology and world class development team, in close collaboration with the open-source community, will greatly accelerate the availability and advancement of open-source storage solutions for the enterprise," said Paul Cormier, Red Hats executive vice president of Engineering, at that time. Check out eWEEK.coms Windows Center at 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.

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