TechEd 2007: Microsoft touts Dynamic IT

TechEd 2007: Microsoft touts Dynamic IT

Apps and services to provide 'seamless IT environments'

Microsoft has unveiled a suite of products and tools designed to expand its Dynamic IT vision.

Bob Kelly, corporate vice president for servers and tools at Microsoft, laid out the company's latest products at the TechEd IT Forum 2007 in Barcelona.

The applications are aimed at helping enterprises to manage their physical and virtual IT systems.

Among the announcements was Microsoft's Hyper-V server virtualisation technology within Windows Server 2008, previously codenamed Veridian, and Hyper-V Server, a standalone hypervisor-based server virtualisation product.

Kelly explained that virtualisation technology is moving beyond servers and expanding into application, desktop and presentation virtualisation.

"Earlier this year we introduced our vision for Dynamic IT which aims to make IT a stronger partner to the business by bringing together the capabilities of core infrastructure, application and development platforms," he said.

"At TechEd IT Forum we are demonstrating how that vision is coming to life for customers as IT is streamlined across the full spectrum of our software and technology offerings.

"This includes exciting new developments with Windows Server, Microsoft System Centre, SQL Server and the Desktop Optimisation Pack.

"The response from customers has been strong as we move towards the worldwide February 2008 launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008."

Kelly added that Microsoft will unveil new products on 27 February next year providing the "most secure, most reliable software stack Microsoft has ever delivered".

These are Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008, with Visual Studio available to developers by the end of the year.

Windows Server 2008 will ship before the end of the first quarter of 2008 and SQL Server 2008 by the end of the second half of 2008.

The February kick-off date will also see the announcement of Windows Essential Business Server and Small Business Server, aimed at companies with up to 300 employees, both of which are due to ship later in 2008.

Kelly also outlined pricing and licensing for the eight upcoming editions of Windows Server 2008, and the Server Virtualisation Validation Program which will enable vendors to test and validate virtualisation software running Windows Server 2008 and previous versions.

The programme will enable Microsoft to offer cooperative technical support to customers running Windows Server on validated non-Windows server virtualisation software.

Also in the offing is a range of new Microsoft System Centre products and an Alliance Programme.

The three new System Centre products - Configuration Manager 2007, Data Protection Manager 2007 and Virtual Machine Manager 2007 - are designed to optimise server and software deployment, compliance and configuration management, backup and restore and virtualisation management.

Kelly went on to elaborate on a series of improvements to the TechNet and MSDN online communities, which provides a range of tools to help IT professionals and developers.

The enhancements include new online developer TechCenters to increase visibility of key members of the technical community, as well as a new TechNet Edge and Spotlight video portals, updated TechNet and MSDN forums and enhancements to its evaluation centres which provide access to trial and beta software.