Wait for Viridian?

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2008-02-04 Print this article Print


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 University of Mainz in Germany, is a Windows Server 2008 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 Denver, 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."  

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 www.eweek.com.


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