Today at IT Forum, Bob Kelly, corporate vice president in the Server and Tools Business at Microsoft, announced pricing, packaging and licensing for Windows Server 2008 and introduced a new product, Microsoft Hyper-V Server. Specifically:
- The Windows Server 2008 lineup includes the following familiar editions — Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, Web and Itanium.
- Microsoft Hyper-V was introduced as the official name of the server virtualization technology within Windows Server 2008 (previously code-named Viridian).
- Microsoft also announced Microsoft Hyper-V Server, a stand-alone version of Microsoft’s virtualization technology that includes only the Windows hypervisor and additional components needed to support virtualization. Complementary to the Microsoft Hyper-V technology within Windows Server 2008, this stand-alone version allows customers to consolidate workloads onto a single physical server.
Continuing Microsoft’s efforts in the virtualization space, Kelly also announced the Server Virtualization Validation Program. Beginning in June 2008, vendors will be able to self-test and validate certain technical requirements of their server virtualization software running Windows Server 2008 and prior versions. The program will enable Microsoft to offer cooperative technical support to customers running Windows Server on validated, non-Windows server virtualization software.
For more information on this announcement, please visit the IT Forum Virtual Press Room or Windows Server press release:
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/nov07/11-12HyperVPR.mspx. A video interview with Zane Adam, Senior Director Product Management, Windows Server Division, can be found here: http://www.virtualteched.com/Videos/ZANEADAM.asx