Microsoft to drive 'Democratization' of Server Virtualization

While Microsoft is not the leader in virtualization, the company wants to drive the "democratization" of server virtualization so that its adoption will become far more widespread, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Feb. 27. Giving the keynote address at Microsoft's "Heroes Happen {here}" event, Ballmer said this represented the launch of the company's broad virtualization […]

While Microsoft is not the leader in virtualization, the company wants to drive the "democratization" of server virtualization so that its adoption will become far more widespread, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Feb. 27.

Giving the keynote address at Microsoft's "Heroes Happen {here}" event, Ballmer said this represented the launch of the company's broad virtualization strategy in earnest.

"There are a large number of things people want to virtualize," he said, and added that what differentiated the company's virtualization strategy was that it was just a component of a comprehensive management strategy.

"It's well known that we are not the market leader in server virtualization," Ballmer acknowledged, but said Microsoft wanted to make it so that server virtualization could run on 90 percent of servers rather than the less than 10 percent today.

"Our management tools and low price will help propel virtualization into the mainstream," Ballmer said, adding that Windows Server 2008 and its Hyper-V hypervisor were critical components of that effort.

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