Wait for Viridian?
As a result, some commentators, such as John Abbott, an analyst with The 451 Group, have said they expect some customers to wait until they see Viridian, Microsoft's virtualization software, before migrating to the new server software from Windows 2003.Microsoft will release eight versions of Windows Server 2008, three of which will include Hyper-V. Microsoft will also release the Hyper-V Server, a stand-alone, hypervisor-based server virtualization product that complements the Hyper-V technology in Windows Server 2008 and allows customers to virtualize workloads onto a single physical server. The server software is already widely deployed on thousands of servers inside Microsoft and across a range of workloads-it already powers the Microsoft.com Web site-although the company has shied away from recommending that customers run the software in production environments, Joseph Landes, Microsoft's director of product management for Windows Server 2008, told eWEEK previously. More than 100 companies from 30 countries are participating in the rapid deployment
TAP (Technology Adopter Program), and deployments of the server software have accelerated after the first release candidate became available in September, Landes said.
In addition, more than 140,000 IT professionals and developers have already been trained on Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008, while 2,000 have been certified on Windows Server 2008, he said.
Klaus Merle, director of the computing center at the
, is a Windows Server 2008
Germany TAP partner, which allowed him to give input into the development of the product from the outset.
This included asking for the features he wanted and being able to deploy the technology early, putting the university at the bleeding edge, he told eWEEK in a recent interview.
"We have been deploying the software in our production environment since April 2007 and have had no major issues with it since then, as we first tested it extensively in the lab," Carsten Allendorfer, who leads the systems department at the university, told eWEEK.
Microsoft executives are anticipating that the release of Windows Server 2008 and the other products will be good for its bottom line in 2008.
Last July, at its Worldwide Partner Conference in
, Kevin Turner, Microsoft's chief operating officer, said, "I smell money in fiscal year 2008. With Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 all coming out over this next year, I see 2008 as the year in which we accelerate the monetization of this innovation."