February 27, 2008

Microsoft Introduces Virtualization Technology

Microsoft announced the worldwide release of Windows Server 2008, the successor to Windows Server 2003, and the first attempt by the firm to venture into the virtualization technology market.

Windows Server 2008 will begin shipping alongside the test version of its "Hyper-V" technology in hopes of outperforming rival VMware Inc, a leader in the virtualization market.

"One indication of the momentum that is building around the latest server operating system is the number of beta and evaluation versions that customers and partners have obtained: more than two million," a Microsoft press release said.

Hyper V is Microsoft's response to increasing interest in virtualization technology, which allows a machine to run more than one operating system.

Microsoft's test version is expected to be replaced by the full feature within six months. The company will also begin offering Windows Server 2008, in both 32-bit and 64-bit formats.

On Tuesday, rival virtualization firm VMware boasted an agreement with Dell Inc, Hewlett-Packard Co and International Business Machines Corp. Under the agreement, VMware's virtualization technology would be included in computer servers from its partners.

Compatibility continues to be a hot issue for Microsoft operating systems. The firm was confronted with a record $1.3 billion fine imposed by The European Union on Wednesday. EU regulators claimed that Microsoft was charging "unreasonable prices" for rival software developers who were trying to increase their products' compatibility.

"We've been working with more than 1,000 software and hardware partners to help ensure that their products take full advantage of the capabilities and features of Windows Server 2008," Bob Visse, senior director, Windows Server Marketing Group at Microsoft, said in a written statement.


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