Virtualization Meets the Core
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.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 http://windows.eweek.com for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
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.