Mike Neil, GM of Virtualization Strategy at Microsoft wrote up a statement on the Windows Server Division blog which touched on some really interesting points in regards to where Microsoft is heading with virtualization.
Some of the highlights…
When thinking about virtualization, people so commonly just think of virtualization software (e.g. Virtual Server 2005 R2), but as Mike state’s, this is only one small piece of what makes up virtualization as whole.
One of the biggest pushes with virtualization is to make it more manageable overall. What is the point of a technology that is supposed to increase business productivity if it is a management nightmare? Easier management has already come with MOM support, but the big thing on the horizon is System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
Changes in licensing of the VM technology itself are being made in order to achieve maximum interoperability with other operating systems. You have the Open Specifications Promise (OSP) model to thank for this.
Virtualization licensing is really on the ball when it comes to providing an incentive for people to think about switching to a virtualized infrastructure. The move from installation-based licensing to instance-based licensing has really led to a bang in virtualization adoption. Figure up the potential savings yourself by using the Windows OS licensing calculator.
Security is still really not where it needs to be for mass adoption of server virtualization. Work needs to be done to the virtualization layer in order to provide an extra means of data protection. There are talks of doing this through both hardware and software based solutions.
It is really great to see articles like this in regards to the future of virtualization technology. With the level of commitment Microsoft has expressed, it is clear that virtualization is not only here to stay, but that it will eventually become the de facto standard in server and client operating systems to come. Anyone who isn’t using some form of virtualization in their IT strategy will be left behind by those who are.
Read Mike’s full blog posting by clicking here.