Microsoft hopes to have validation testing services available when its long-awaited Windows Server virtualization technology comes online next year. The Hyper-V server virtualization technology, to be delivered both as a standalone server and with some Windows Server 2008 SKUs, is due within 180 days of the operating system. The new Windows Server itself is promised in the first quarter of 2008. Microsoft had already set up a set of test harnesses and published specifications to help ISVs and developers get certified or "logo" for the technology. But the new validation program will also let outside virtualization providers test their wares running atop the server upgrade.
"The goal is to validate Windows Server for these solutions. We'll validate our own [virtualization] but VMware is out there, Xen and Citrix are out there. We need a good way to give customers confidence so we announced this program last week to give them an opportunity to validate with Windows Server," said Jim Ni, group product manager for Windows Server Marketing. The process consists of a set of what he calls self-explanatory tests which should be available in mid 2008.