Microsoft has unveiled a roadmap for its Virtual Server virtualisation technology.
The next release, now called Virtual Server 2005 R2, is due to begin shipping in the last quarter of the year.
It will provide customers with increased operational efficiency in server consolidation, application re-hosting, disaster recovery, and software test and development, said Microsoft.
The company plans to deliver a new release of Virtual Server soon after Virtual Server 2005 R2. Scheduled for beta release in the first half of 2006, with commercial availability in the second half of 2006, the next version will provide users with greater support to tie in with the next version of the main Windows operating system, Windows Vista.