Neil said Windows Server would contain application programming interfaces based on standards developed by the Distributed Management Task Force. The DMTF is an organization that develops and maintains standards for system management of IT environments. Participants in DMTF's efforts in developing standards for plugging management tools into virtualization environments include VMware, XenSource, which Citrix ( CTXS) plans to acquire this year; Dell (Dell), Hewlett-Packard (HP), and others.
Microsoft launched this month System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007, which provides centralized deployment and management of virtual machines, which connect operating systems to the hypervisor or host OS. In addition, System Center enables IT managers to convert VMware offerings to a Microsoft-compatible format.