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Joe Wilcox had an interesting post in his Microsoft Monitor blog on our R2 development and the recent release of the Virtual Server SP1 Beta.
The virtual server post caught my eye as Joe could not think any realstic scenarios as to why anyone would want to run Linux in a Virtual Server environment. Since we are offering support of Linux as a guest OS with Virtual Server SP1, I thought I would throw out a couple (albiet biased) ideas off the top of my head.
1- Server consolidation - One benefit of linux is its ability to run on legacy harware. This can easily lead to linux proliferating on older hardware throughout an organization. If an organization is looking to consolidate many legacy hardware boxes and save some money, Virtual Server can accomplish this at a very attractive price point..... 499.00
2.- Hardware Compatability - Windows Server 2003 offers a wide-array of driver support, which is sometime a challenge for Linux. By running your Linux instances in Virtual Server, you are always ensured hardware compatability.
3 - Application development - What is a better environment to test your Linux app than in a Virtual Environment? With undo drives, you can easily 'reset' a box when testing applications. Addtionally, the extensive API set of Virtual Server makes provisioning systems for application development a breeze.
If anyone wants to read some real-world implementations of Virtual Server, check out these case studies:
Virtual Server 2005: Allstate Case Studyhttp://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/casestudy.asp?CaseStudyID=15891
Virtual Server 2005: AtlantiCare Case Studyhttp://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/casestudy.asp?CaseStudyID=15805
Virtual Server 2005: Barker’s Inc.http://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/CaseStudy.asp?CaseStudyID=15983
Virtual Server 2005: Cigna Healthcarehttp://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/CaseStudy.asp?CaseStudyID=16014
Virtual Server 2005: Denver Healthhttp://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/CaseStudy.asp?CaseStudyID=15978
Virtual Server 2005: Exelon Case Studyhttp://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/casestudy.asp?CaseStudyID=15884
Virtual Server 2005: Jack-in-the-box Case Studyhttp://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/casestudy.asp?CaseStudyID=15897
Virtual Server 2005: PINGhttp://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/casestudy.asp?CaseStudyID=16104
Virtual Server 2005: Southwestern Community Collegehttp://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/casestudy.asp?CaseStudyID=15919
Virtual Server 2005: Tecturahttp://www.microsoft.com/resources/casestudies/casestudy.asp?CaseStudyID=15920
- Ward Ralston