Microsoft Hyper-V Server

Sounds fancy doesn't it? Its the official name for our Microsoft server virtualization technology, previously known as "Viridian". This was just announced at the recent TechEd IT forum in Barcelona. Hyper-V technology will be included in Windows Server 2008 when it launches and there will be a stand-alone virtualization server called Hyper-V Server.

What is Hyper-V Server?
Microsoft Hyper-V Server, a hypervisor-based server virtualisation product, complements the Hyper-V technology within Windows Server 2008, allowing customers to consolidate workloads onto a single physical server. In addition, Microsoft Hyper-V Server will increase original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners’ ability to offer customers simplified, reliable and cost-effective virtualisation solutions that can easily plug in to their existing infrastructure. Partners including Dell Inc, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Fujitsu Ltd, Hitachi Ltd, HP, IBM Corp, Lenovo, NEC Corp and Unisys are already committed to working with Microsoft to offer solutions based on Microsoft Hyper-V Server once it is available. The estimated manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for Microsoft Hyper-V Server is $28 (US).

Notice the price point.  Nice.

A customer technology preview of Windows Server Hyper-V is now available as part of Windows Server RC0.

Here is a short video demo of Hyper-V (I don't know about the background music in this one!)

Read more about it here or subscribe to the Virtualization Blog

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