Microsoft may have arrived late to the virtualization game, but the software giant still sees mountains of opportunity in the nascent market. In a keynote speech Sunday at the opening of XChange ’08 in Dallas, Texas, Dai Vu, director of virtualization products/solutions marketing at Microsoft, said with less than 10 percent of servers currently virtualized, the technology is just now entering the mainstream.
“Virtualization is ultimately going to be ubiquitous, and a core technology component in everything we do. We want to get to point where all workloads will be virtualized,” said Vu. “We’ve only scratched the surface of where we’re ultimately going to be headed.”
In addition to server virtualization, Microsoft’s portfolio includes desktop virtualization, application virtualization, and presentation virtualization. However, these are only available with Microsoft’s Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP), which is only available to Software Assurance subscribers.