News

Muglia Promises Low Price for Virtual Server 2005

LAS VEGAS -- While Microsoft isn't saying how much it will charge for Virtual Server 2005, the company is promising the price will be low.

Virtualization products allow a single system to run several operating systems at once without resource conflicts. Microsoft acquired its virtualization technology a year ago from Connectix Corp. and is working to release Virtual Server, which Connectix had not yet gotten to market. Microsoft positions the technology as a way for customers to create standard images that can be tested in virtual environments and for running older applications on new hardware.

"Virtual Server will be the lowest cost way of doing this in the industry," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president for Microsoft's Windows Server Division. "We haven't announced prices yet."

The main company in virtualization is VMWare, which was recently bought by storage giant EMC Corp. Microsoft created a precedent for undercutting VMWare's prices last year with its first Microsoft-branded release of Connectix' Virtual PC. The Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 release in November came out at $129 compared with VMWare Workstation 4's packaged price of $329.

Microsoft's offerings, however, are widely seen as solutions aimed primarily at Microsoft shops, while VMWare's desktop and server virtualization offerings are far friendlier to cross-platform deployments.

About the Author

Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

Featured

  • Microsoft Warns SameSite Cookie Changes Could Break Some Apps

    IT pros could face Web application issues as early as next month with the implementation of a coming SameSite Web change, which will affect how cookies are used across sites.

  • Populating a SharePoint Document Library by E-Mail, Part 1

    While Microsoft doesn't allow you to build a SharePoint Online document library using e-mail, there is a roundabout way of getting the job done using the tools that are included with Office 365. Brien shows you how.

  • Microsoft Previews New App Reporting and Consent Tools in Azure AD

    Microsoft last week described a few Azure Active Directory improvements for organizations wanting to connect their applications to Microsoft's identity and access service.

  • Free Software Foundation Asks Microsoft To Release Windows 7 Code

    The Free Software Foundation this week announced that it has established a petition demanding that Microsoft release its proprietary Windows 7 code as free software.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.