Microsoft has announced plans for new virtualisation software and is to acquire specialist firm Softricity to boost its product range.
The software giant said a beta release of its Windows Server virtualisation software was “on track” to be available by the end of the year, alongside the forthcoming Windows Server “Longhorn” operating system.
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The package is designed to offer increased server utilisation, centralised management of virtual machine infrastructure and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines.
Microsoft also announced that System Center Virtual Machine Manager – formerly codenamed “Carmine” – would be available as a beta release within 90 days.
Virtual Machine Manager will offer a centralised, enterprise management system for virtualised datacentres. It is aimed at meeting demand for more efficient hardware utilisation.
Microsoft intends to buy Softricity, maker of the SoftGrid Desktop Virtualisation Platform, which can turn most Windows applications into a services using application virtualisation and streaming software technologies.
The technology allows applications to be installed and managed centrally and delivered directly to users’ desktops in contained, virtualised images – a system that is expected to reduce the total cost of ownership for businesses using Windows across many desktops.