Microsoft Releases Virtual Server 2005
by Arie Slob
Hello Windows users,
This week, Microsoft announced the general availability and pricing of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005. Virtual Server 2005 is available in both Standard and Enterprise editions.
"Our customers are looking for ways to cut infrastructure costs and make better use of their IT and development teams. They want to streamline application testing and development, consolidate to fewer servers and move legacy applications to new hardware running on the Windows Server (TM) 2003 platform," said Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows Server Division at Microsoft. "Virtual Server 2005 meets these needs and provides easy, automated deployment and configuration. This improved efficiency and simplicity represents progress toward our Dynamic Systems Initiative vision of reducing IT complexity."
Virtual Server is a useful product under specific scenarios. This could include software testing and development, server consolidation, and legacy application hosting.
Virtual Server 2005 Standard Edition supports up to four processors, with an estimated retail price of $499 (U.S.). Virtual Server 2005 Enterprise Edition supports up to 32 processors, with an estimated retail price of $999 (U.S.). Both versions will be available within 30 days through retail and volume licensing and will be licensed on a per-physical server basis.
More information on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 - including a 180-day trial version - can be found at the Microsoft Windows Server System Web site.
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