Some big Microsoft virtualisation announcements happening real soon now
Check it out http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2006/may06/05-22Virtualization.mspx
System Center Virtual Machine Manager site is at http://www.microsoft.com/scvmm
if you're up bright and early tomorrow morning, be sure to catch the Bill Gates keynote from WinHEC streamling live from http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/winhec/default.mspx will be some great demos to watch there.
Starts at 4AM New Zealand time, otherwise available to stream on demand later in the day
UPDATE: the stream is now available on demand:
56k 100k 300k The times for the Hypervisor demos are:25:30 BillG starts talking about Hypervisor27:00 demo starts33:30 end
The Windows Hypervisor is a core component of Windows Server virtualization, a thin layer of software between the hardware and the OS that allows multiple operating systems to run, unmodified, on a host computer at the same time. It provides simple partitioning functionality and is responsible for maintaining strong isolation between partitions. It has an inherently secure architecture with minimal attack surface, as it does not contain any third party device drivers.
It was announced during the keynote that we aim to have a beta by the end of this year (2006). and targeted for RTM within 180 days of RTM of Windows Server “Longhorn”. Windows Server virtualization will include x64 host and guest support, ability to run guest machines in a multi-processor environment, dynamic resource management, and ability to move running virtual machines with minimal downtime.
Some of the key features demonstrated in the keynote include:
The demo was done with real code, no smoke & mirrors here :)
Lastly the Microsoft Windows Virtualization Product Group Team Blog is now up and running at http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/default.aspx