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Server Madness in Redmond

Let's get right to the news because there's plenty of it this week. For starters, Microsoft is planning on offering a lot of versions of Windows Server 2008 at a lot of different price points. Think we're exaggerating when we say a lot? Check out Keith Ward's story on the lineup -- and bring a scorecard, or maybe a spreadsheet.

Speaking of Windows Server 2008, its server virtualization component finally has a name: Hyper-V, which sounds like the name of a character that would've appeared in the noted 1984 break-dancing drama Breakin'.

We liked Longhorn as a name for Windows Server 2008, but we love the name Hyper-V. We sincerely hope that Steve Ballmer or some other Microsoft executive eschews the standard-issue, blue button-down shirt and trots out to Grandmaster Flash dressed like this at February's server launch event.

Oh, and there's more server news. From early-'80s hip-hop to alphabet soup, we have next SQL Server CTP coming out PDQ. That's "community technology preview," of course, and, in this case, "pretty darn quick" -- hey, it's a family blog -- is some time in the next couple of weeks.

Seriously, though, we need more names like Hyper-V for Microsoft products. What do you suggest? What should we call Windows Server or SQL Server to make them sound a little more hip? Send me your suggestions at lpender@rcpmag.com.

Posted by Lee Pender on 11/13/2007 at 1:21 PM


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