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Microsoft ships Server 2008 to OEMs

The superstar of Microsoft's new technology lineup, in many ways, is Hyper-V, which will enable partitioning of resources on a physical server and allow for installation of multiple operating systems from within Windows Server 2008 environments.

But there was not universal awe from the advances that Microsoft is bringing to the table. Executives at VMware - - which have now been set up as a key competitor for Microsoft - - have been particularly eager to talk about differentiation between their technology and Microsoft's virtualization.

"This is going to be something that runs multiple, virtual machines that you put your business-critical applications on," Erik Wrobel, VMware's director of product management, said. "You obviously are not going to put that into your data center unless it's something that's robust. And this is a first-generation product."

Wrobel said that VMware's own virtualization technology has been available for data center computing for seven or eight years and has been tried and tested in data center applications.



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