Virtualization is a technique for hiding the physical characteristics of computing resources from the way in which other systems, applications, or end users interact with those resources. This includes making a single physical resource (such as a server, an operating system, an application, or storage device) appear to function as multiple logical resources; or it can include making multiple physical resources (such as storage devices or servers) appear as a single logical resource.”
To compete with the leader in this field, Microsoft intends to partner with Citrix Systems and to buy Calista Technologies Inc., as well as to lower the price for Vista used on virtualized computers.
“This is a shot across VMware’s bow,” said analyst Roger Kay, president of Endpoint Technologies Associates. “It basically means (Microsoft and Citrix) are going to gang up on VMware.”
In accordance with Mercury News, Microsoft said it sees the virtualization market in its early stages, with only 5 percent of new servers being outfitted with virtualization software. The company confirmed its plans to deliver its key Hyper-V virtualization software within six months of the launch of Windows Server 2008, which is expected this quarter. The Hyper-V is a so-called hypervisor, a software layer that enables applications programs to communicate with a machine’s hardware components. It is a key piece of Microsoft strategy.
Calista Technologies was founded in 2006, is headquartered in San Jose, California; first products are scheduled to ship in 2008.
The Calista Virtual Desktop (CVD) platform provides a traditional desktop quality experience, including rich media and 3D graphics, to virtual desktops. CVD is well suited to multi-core CPU and virtualized server trends and today’s densely populated datacenters.