Microsoft releases feature-complete Hyper-V code
IDG News Service - Microsoft Corp. has finished most of the major work on its Hyper-V virtualization technology and expects it to be available for Windows Server 2008 on schedule in August, the company said on Wednesday.
A feature-complete release candidate of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V is now available online. Hyper-V is Microsoft's long-promised hypervisor technology for Windows Server 2008, formerly code-named Viridian.
The ability to use virtual machine technology to run multiple operating systems on a physical server is becoming increasingly important as companies seek to cut costs and consolidate hardware in their data centers and IT environments. Microsoft had originally intended to release Hyper-V as part of the original release of Windows Server 2008, but the technology was delayed until six months after the server's release last month because Microsoft opted to pull out some originally planned features.
Microsoft has added support for more guest operating systems in the release candidate, which now has the ability to host Windows Server 2003 Service Pack (SP) 2, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP1, Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3. Microsoft also has expanded host server support to include the 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter editions.
Support for 64-bit operating systems is critical for Hyper-V, as customers and partners think its availability for Windows Server 2008 will be a factor in moving from 32-bit versions of Windows to 64-bit versions. Microsoft is urging customers to move off of 32-bit Windows and has even made some of its software, such as Exchange Server 2007, available in 64-bit only versions, a trend that is expected to continue.
Now that Hyper-V's release is imminent, third parties are also coming out in support of the technology. In particular, a product from a company called Surgient Inc. could be useful to developers that need to test applications with limited back-end server resources.
The Surgient Lab Management Platform will support Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 once it is available, the company said Wednesday. The product is a virtual test environment that allows developers to test applications on a host of virtualized machines so they don't tie up live production servers.
- 15 Non-Certified IT Skills Growing in Demand
- How 19 Tech Titans Target Healthcare
- Twitter Suffering From Growing Pains (and Facebook Comparisons)
- Agile Comes to Data Integration
- Slideshow: 7 security mistakes people make with their mobile device
- iOS vs. Android: Which is more secure?
- 11 sure signs you've been hacked
- HP HAVEn: See the big picture in Big Data HP HAVEn is the industry's first comprehensive, scalable, open, and secure platform for Big Data. Enterprises are drowning in a sea of data...
- Piecing Together the Business Intelligence Puzzle Business intelligence (BI) technology collects and analyzes company data, delivering relevant information to corporate decision-makers in an effort to produce favorable outcomes.
- Harness IT -- An Introduction to Business Intelligence Solutions Learn the key selection criteria required to provide your organization with the capability to address structured data, unstructured data and mobile demands so...
- Business Intelligence Shows its Smarts Today's Business Intelligence (BI) tools provide a new way to think about data with self-service capabilities and user-friendly analytics that can be used...
- Cloud Knowledge Vault Learn how your organization can benefit from the scalability, flexibility, and performance that the cloud offers through the short videos and other resources...
- Testimonial: Cystic Fibrosis Trust Peter Hawkins, the Head of IT for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, discusses the role CommVault's Simpana software platform plays in improving the company's information... All Data Center White Papers | Webcasts