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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-10-10 Print this article Print

These changes have a "profound impact" on not only the platform aspects of Windows but also how that extends up the rest of the stack for the Windows Server System family. "This is a significant give; this is innovation in licensing and allows customers to accelerate their adoption of technical innovation," he said. Data over the past five years has indicated that customers tend to spend some 70 percent of their IT budget maintaining existing systems and just 30 percent on developing new capabilities for their business. "Our job is to shift that model and get it to better than 50-50 so customers can innovate more of their own value proposition to their market by driving out costs from the way they manage and maintain their systems," Kelly said.
Another critical component of the Dynamic Systems Initiative is ISV support for the Virtual Hard Disk Format (VHD), which Microsoft has licensed to the broad community, royalty-free.
The software giant is also announcing this week that a number of ISVs—including Acronis Inc., Akimbi Systems, BMC Software Inc., Consonica, Emulex Corp., Leostream Corp., QLogic Corp., Quest Software Inc., Surgient and XenSource Inc.—have all announced plans to build solutions that integrate with Virtual Server 2005 R2 or support the VHD format. Microprocessor and hardware manufacturers including Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Dell Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Hewlett-Packard Co., Hitachi Ltd., IBM, Intel Corp., NEC Corp. and Unisys have also committed to developing joint solutions that will help customers successfully implement virtualization solutions and achieve dynamic systems. "It is extremely important to have one consistent way to do these things, and, at the end of the day, having an open, standardized format for how you do a virtual machine will allow us and customers to have a consistent way to manage both physical and virtual machines, and that is fundamental to how you drive out costs and a key piece of our strategy," Kelly 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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