Today, our Hyper-V group has announced the availability of the Hyper-V Release Candidate (RC) build. This is a very important release and step towards the final release of Hyper-V. Hyper-V is one of the key technologies behind our strategy of providing virtualization products from the datacenter to the desktop.
As Hyper-V progresses and nears release, we recognize that management is one of the key factors in virtualization and with that in mind, we are preparing a new version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to support Hyper-V. This version of VMM, currently known as VMM vNext, will bring both Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 support to the VMM feature set. In addition to the new platform support, we will also add new features such as integrated cluster support for Windows Server 2008, delegated administration support, and advanced resource calibration and optimization in conjunction with System Center Operations Manager.
In addition to support for Hyper-V, VMM vNext will add support for managing VMware ESX servers, through VMware Virtual Center. VMM vNext will provide full functionality, including features such as vMotion, for the VMware ESX servers it will manage. VMM vNext will also bring all the VMM specific features, such as Intelligent Placement, to the VMware servers. In fact, VMM vNext will manage multiple Virtual Center implementations, providing administrators with an enterprise view of the entire virtual infrastructure, regardless of Hypervisor. We have also announced support for Xen in VMM for the version after VMM vNext.
With VMM vNext, we are committed to bringing the best management experience to administrators, whether you run Virtual Server, Hyper-V, or VMware ESX. We want to enable administrators to have the capability to deploy all types of workloads, across the enterprise, physical or virtual, with the systems management tools and interfaces they are already accustomed to. We expect to bring a great unified physical and virtual management interface to Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 through System Center Virtual Machine Manager vNext and the rest of the System Center family of products.
For now, go ahead and download Hyper-V. Start using Hyper-V to see the features and performance that it provides. And look out for more information on VMM vNext at our upcoming Microsoft Management Summit 2008, in Las Vegas at the end of April. This is a very exciting time in virtualization and I hope that you are as excited about our products as we are to bring them to you.
Senior Technical Product Manager