Microsoft Wednesday for the first time laid out the underpinnings of the security capabilities it has built into its forthcoming Windows Server Virtualization technology, in hopes that researchers will help vet the software, which is expected to ship next year.
The company chose this week’s Black Hat conference in Las Vegas to talk about the security inherent in the WSV hypervisor-virtualization technology formerly code-named Viridian.
It will be an add-on to Windows Server 2008, and Microsoft hopes it will offer serious competition to VMware, XenSource, Virtual Iron, Novell and Red Hat in the hot market for virtualization technology. “As Viridian comes to market, we want to have the security research community engaged in making sure we have a secure product,” said Mike Neil, Microsoft’s general manager of virtualization.
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