Microsoft stepped up the pressure on competing virtualisation vendors at its North American 2008 Tech Ed. Conference, where the software giant disclosed several updates it said would help customers prepare to deploy virtualised infrastructure. Microsoft said its server virtualisation validation programme would now allow any software vendor to test and validate its virtualisation software to run Windows Server 2008 and previous versions of Windows Server.
Microsoft general manager for Windows Server products Bill Hilf said: “We’re not trying just to concentrate on the Hyper-V aspect of virtualisation, but also grow the whole ecosystem - from managing virtual machines (VMs) using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, to using our Forefront security system to secure both online and offline VMs.” Microsoft added that the programme would enable it to offer, co-operative technical support to customers running Windows Server on validated, non-Microsoft server virtualisation software.
Source:→ IT Week