Microsoft has used the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo to announce new developments based on virtualisation.
One of the most talked about techniques in the computer industry, virtualisation is attributed with helping IT centres reduce IT infrastructure costs through server consolidation, disaster recovery, re-hosting of legacy applications, and software test and development.
At the Linux show Microsoft announced a three-point plan to drive its goal of making virtualisation a more mainstream technology. It announced that its Virtual Server 2005 R2 product was available as a no-charge download; it made available no-charge virtual machine add-ins to run select Linux distributions, along with a technical support model to assist users as they consolidate their Linux-based applications on Virtual Server 2005 R2; and Microsoft announced that it now has 45 vendors signed up in its Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) format licensing program, which says the company is intended to drive industry development of solutions to help users better manage virtual machines.
In terms of Microsoft’s support for open source in Virtual Server, the company announced that it will support Linux running as a guest in Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 from both a technology perspective and a 24-hour technical support perspective. It says that this will help customers safely consolidate their Linux-based applications on Virtual Server and will provide software that users can install in the Linux guest operating systems. Initially, Microsoft will support multiple Linux distributions from Red Hat and Novell.