Your Guide to the Latest Windows Server Product Information
My team's ultimate goal here is the help customers’ IT systems become more self-managing and dynamic. We know that customer effort to deploy and configure IT systems often means change is too costly and too slow for IT to keep pace with the changing business needs. Virtualization software is just one technology – which is just one piece of the formula - that helps customers gain more control of their IT systems, and enable business to respond faster and stay ahead of the competition.
The people I work with are making broad investments to offer customers a set of virtualization products to become more dynamic. These investments span multiple disciplines and range from the desktop to the datacenter. These investments – in the areas of the platform, management, applications, interoperability and licensing -- fuel our virtualization strategy. I’ll touch on each now.
Platform: resource management has always been part of operating systems, be it mainframe, UNIX and more recently x86-based operating systems. Today, vendors such as Sun, Novell and Red Hat incorporate virtualization into their x86 operating systems. Even a few weeks back we saw KVM added to the Linux kernel. Our desire is to bring hypervisor-based virtualization to Windows Server – and a wider range of customers - with Windows Server "Longhorn." We’re adding some innovative functions to Windows Server virtualization (aka, Viridian), like live migration, support for up to eight virtual processors, and hot add of resources such as disk, networking, memory and CPU, so customers have more flexible and dynamic deployment options for all their workloads.
Management: we want to make Windows the most manageable virtualization platform by enabling customers to manage both physical and virtual environments using the same tools, knowledge and skills. No other virtualization platform provider is delivering this. Today customers can use MOM and the management pack for Virtual Server. We’re extending the virtual infrastructure management capabilities with System Center Virtual Machine Manager, which will allow customers to increase physical server utilization, centralize management of virtual machine infrastructure and quickly provision new virtual machines. And it’s fully integrated with the System Center product family so customers can leverage existing skill sets.
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