Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008: in 30 days for $0

The show begins in a few hours, but the news it out:

  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a new hypervisor-based server virtualisation product (like ESXi), will be released within 30 days and be available at no cost via the Web
  • Microsoft will demonstrate live migration feature of Windows Server 2008 R2. And the next version of Microsoft Hyper-V Server (the one after 2008) will have live migration capabilities.
  • System Centre Virtual Machine Manager 2008 will be released within 30 days [not a surprise], which will manage Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3
  • Microsoft’s global server OEM partners ... report that nearly 100% of their customers who order Windows Server 2008 with hardware are also choosing to have Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V included with their order.
  • Dedicated virtualisation lab established within the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Centre.

The keynote will be shown Tuesday morning (NZ time) here:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/virtualization/default.mspx