Microsoft posted for download on March 22 the documentation for its coming Microsoft Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) beta technology.
Server App-V enables you to virtualize application images on a Windows Azure worker role (single role, single instance) without rewriting them or packaging them within a virtual machine. Once the application is deployed this way, customers take advantage of the the automated service management capabilities of Windows Azure, including automatic configuration and ongoing operating system management.
In other words, “Microsoft Server Application Virtualization converts traditional server applications into state separated “XCopyable” images without requiring code changes to the applications themselves, allowing you to host a variety of Windows 2008 applications on Azure.”
The final version of Server App-V is due to be released in the second half of calendar 2011.