Windows Server 2008: Virtualisation is the key

Posted: June 13, 2007 in Softwares

Virtualisation will be the key to the popularity of Microsoft’s long awaited server operating system, Windows Server 2008, analysts have predicted. The final version of the OS – formerly known as Longhorn Server – is due to be released at the beginning of 2008 following a long and protracted development.

The first public beta version of Longhorn was recently made available, with 100,000 downloads made since the end of April. But analysts are predicting the virtualisation app – Viridian – will be key. According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 will initially include a beta version of its virtualisation application which will be updated when the full version becomes available within 180 days.

David Bradshaw, analyst at Ovum, emphasised the importance of virtualisation. “Virtualisation is the silver bullet. As with any silver bullet you have to treat it with caution,” he said.

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