Overnight at IT Forum in Barcelona we made some announcements about Windows Server 2008 family of Server products. "Viridian" aka Windows Server virtualisation will be known as Hyper-V. What is also interesting is that we are building a new separate product called Microsoft Hyper-V Server, which is a standalone hypervisor-based virtualisation product. The Microsoft Hyper-V Server will be based on the same hypervisor virtualisation technology that is in the Hyper-V feature included with Windows Server 2008. The most fascinating detail is the price - around NZ$50. I thought it was a typo the first time I saw it.
Here are the details from the press release:
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).
“Microsoft and Dell are continuing to work together to provide virtualisation solutions and by offering Microsoft Hyper-V Server across a wide variety of Dell servers,” said Rick Becker, vice president of Software and Solutions at Dell. “Our joint customers can continue to leverage their expertise with Microsoft technologies to rapidly provision new services and better manage and simplify their IT environment.”
“The combination of Microsoft Hyper-V Server, industry-leading HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers, and our comprehensive services portfolio provides customers with an adaptive infrastructure that is simple to operate, reliable and cost-effective,” said Scott Farrand, vice president of Industry Standard Server Software at HP. “HP plans to support customers in the adoption of Microsoft Hyper-V Server by delivering solutions that help them realise the benefits of a virtualised environment.”