Microsoft announces Virtual Server 2005

By : |September 15, 2004 0

NEW DELHI: Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. Available in both Standard and Enterprise editions, Virtual Server 2005 helps reduce hardware costs and increase operational efficiency in three key scenarios: automation of software test and development environments; rehosting of legacy applications; and consolidation of production server workloads such as networking, directory infrastructure or departmental applications. Virtual Server 2005 provides customers with more flexibility and control in the provisioning of data center resources.

Virtual Server 2005 provides easy, automated deployment and configuration. This improved efficiency and simplicity represents progress toward the Dynamic Systems Initiative vision of reducing IT complexity.


“Virtual Server 2005 will allow us to get out of the one-application, one-server paradigm when dealing with applications with low system requirements,” said Eric Hart, senior network engineer at PING Golf. “We will be able to consolidate 77 percent of these applications in our datacenter. Now we have the ability to provide a scalable, fault-tolerant and hardware-independent solution for deploying single-server applications in a cost-effective manner.”

Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 includes simple installation and convenient Web-based management of virtual machines, as well as robust storage and networking features. In addition, physical server management tools from Microsoft and third-party management vendors have been updated to provide administrators with a seamless one-to-many management experience across a combination of physical and virtual servers. For example, a Virtual Server 2005 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 will enable centralized monitoring and performance management of multiple virtual and physical servers.

“Gartner predicts that enterprises that don’t leverage virtualization technologies will spend as much as 25 percent more for their x86 servers,” said Tom Bittman, research vice president at Gartner Inc. “Server virtualization software can help enterprises reduce the time, effort and costs associated with the consolidation of servers and applications.”

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