This week at VMWorld we made some announcement around Windows Server Virtualization (codename Viridian). The Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server virtualization is coming soon with the initial release candidate of Windows Server 2008. You will finally be able to test out our newest hypervisor based Virtualization Technology. I've been playing around with this for a while now but couldn't share a lot with you that will change once the CTP has been released.
Read the full press release and interview with Larry Orecklin, General Manager of marketing for System Center at Microsoft, to learn more about our Virtualization Strategy. http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2007/sep07/09-11virtualization.mspx
Furthermore we made some other announcements about the strategic alliances with Citrix. Basically we announced that Microsoft and Citrix will standardize the format as a common runtime environment for both virtualized operating systems and applications. This collaboration will result in future versions of Citrix’s Desktop Server and virtual application solutions adopting the Microsoft VHD format. At the same time, Microsoft plans to adapt a future version of Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization for both the desktop and Terminal Services to the VHD format. Microsoft and Citrix will also collaborate on emerging virtualization technologies and virtual infrastructure management tools to help ensure interoperability and simplified administration for end users.
This is great news not only about the fact that Citrix is following is with the VHD format but also that our own products will adopt the same technology which will make deployment, supportability, backup and management of those products much easier