Microsoft has done a good job of integrating its virtualization services into the same framework of easy-to-manage server roles that govern Windows Server's other key functions, and I found that Viridian's facilities for creating and monitoring virtual instances compared well to rival products from VMware and XenSource.Read on over here.
Of course, my early tests of Microsoft's new virtualization feature have not been wrinkle free—the firm has labeled this initial public release of Viridian as a Community Technology Preview, and the CTP moniker is a fitting one. For instance, Viridian cannot yet import pre-existing virtual instances stored in Microsoft's Virtual Hard Drive format, and I experienced some issues enabling networking support for the Windows and Linux guests with which I tested.
With that said, I expect Microsoft's new virtualization bits, which will eventually ship with every copy of Windows Server, to expand significantly the reach of server virtualization and to give enterprises a viable third option to the VMware and Xen-based hypervisor options that are currently available.
A look at Windows Server 2008's new features
Posted on Tuesday, Oct 02 2007 @ 01:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck