Microsoft has announced the upcoming availability of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 and the new Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 as a no-cost download.
"Now is the time for customers to get virtual," said Bob Kelly, Microsoft corporate vice-president of infrastructure server marketing. "With desktop and datacentre virtualisation offerings available from Microsoft and its partners, customers are adopting Microsoft solutions because they have better value and will make IT operations more dynamic."
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, a new hypervisor-based server virtualization product, will be released within 30 days and be available at no cost via the web.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 provides a simplified, reliable, and optimised virtualisation system that allows customers to consolidate Windows or Linux workloads onto a single physical server.
Hyper-V Server 2008 allows customers to leverage their existing patching, provisioning, management and support tools, processes and skills.
Microsoft also said System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 will be released within 30 days. System Center Virtual Machine Manager enables customers to configure and deploy new virtual machines and centrally manage their virtualized infrastructure, whether running on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 or VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3.
System Center Virtual Machine Manager is part of the System Center suite of products, which provide centralised, enterprise-class management of physical and virtual resources across desktops and datacentres.
Last week, Microsoft released Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5, which gives desktop users a boost in fully harnessing the power of Windows Vista by streaming resource-heavy applications to the desktop.
This helps eliminate potential software conflicts driving desktop stability and performance, while simultaneously enabling IT managers to centrally control key applications and their use, said Redmond.
Application Virtualization 4.5 will be included as part of Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2008 R2, which is due for general availability in the coming weeks.
Microsoft started a series of road shows around the world last month to promote its virtualisation offerings. The US leg starts today.