Despite the fact that the first public beta of Microsoft's new Windows Server Virtualization technology is not due out until mid-year, corporate users can get a glimpse of things to come via an online demo.
The demo shows off a number of features of the software, formerly code named Viridian, and slated for delivery sometime in the six months after Longhorn Server ships.
Longhorn Server is scheduled for release before the end of 2007.
Microsoft IT Pro evangelist Arlindo Alves has posted the demo to his blog.
The six-minute demo is presented by Jeff Woolsey, a lead program manager on the Windows virtualization team.
The video, which also includes a demo of Microsoft's Server Core technology, covers Windows Server Virtualization running on Server Core managed from another Windows Server Longhorn installation, 64-bit hosts and 32-bit hosts and Linux running on the same Server Core box, an 8-core virtual machine, and a PowerShell script that hot-adds a second NIC to an SQL Server Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Image.
Woolsey also showcases management and monitoring tools including System Center Virtual Machine Manager, System Center Operations Manager, and monitoring of VMs on the Server Core installation.
Microsoft is highlighting virtualization as a key technology for 2007 and beyond. Microsoft recently released Virtual PC 2007, its virtualization software for the desktop. Last year, Microsoft also acquired Softricity, which developed application virtualization to ease desktop management and provide on-demand application delivery. In 2006, Microsoft also launched a partnership with Novell that includes a focus on co-developing virtualization technology. The two announced a roadmap for that work earlier this year.
The hypervisor technology as the core of Windows Server Virtualization includes an optimized microkernel to create a high-performance virtualization platform.
The technology is aimed at helping Microsoft better compete with VMware. The competition boiled over this week as Microsoft lashed out]] after VMware posted a whitepaper criticizing the software giant over licensing and technological constraints in the Microsoft software.
Last year, Microsoft gave select partners a private beta of Windows Server Virtualization.