Microsoft delivers test build of server app-virtualization technology

Microsoft delivers test build of server app-virtualization technology

Summary: Microsoft quietly delivered a promised Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of its server application virtualization technology just before Christmas.

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Microsoft quietly delivered a promised Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of its server application virtualization technology just before Christmas.

Company officials said at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October 2010 to expect CTP 1 of server app-virtualiztion before the end of 2010. The final version of the technology is still on track for delivery in the second half of 2011, execs said on December 22.

At the PDC, Microsoft published a lengthy laundry list of new cloud technologies the company was planning to roll out in test and final form in the coming year-plus. I believe the server app-virtualiztion component was the last of the expected deliverables to make it out before the year-end deadline.

In June 2010, Microsoft execs said to expect Server application virtualiztion to be delivered via System Center Virtual Machine Manager v.Next, due in the second half of 2011. (That product is expected to debut as SCVMM 2012 when it ships.)

Server application virtualization (Server App-V), as explained in a December 22 TechNet blog post, builds on the client App-V technology that Microsoft currently offers as part of its Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP). It will allow users to separate application configuration and state from the underlying operating system. As the post noted:

"This separation and packaging enables existing Windows applications, not specifically designed for Windows Azure, to be deployed on a Windows Azure worker role. We can do this in a way where the application state is maintained across reboots or movement of the worker role."

Server App-V converts traditional Windows Server 2008 apps into "state separated 'XCopyable' images without requiring code changes to the applications themselves," the Softies explained.

Server App-V is meant to be a complementary technology to the Windows Azure VM Role technology, a test version of which Microsoft delivered in November. The two technologies are aimed at allowing customers to host more of their legacy applications in the cloud.

Topics: Hardware, Cloud, Microsoft, Servers, Virtualization, Windows

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  • Allow me to be the first to say...

    Microsoft had best find a more coherent explanation for what this does. Hard core IT pros will understand separation of app configuration and state from the underlying OS, but everyone else is going to give the glazed-eyed "Huh?" response.
    jasonp@...
    • RE: Microsoft delivers test build of server app-virtualization technology

      @jasonp@... Citrix has been doing it for years, without users worrying too much over it. :) I've been piloting something similar from VMWare - mostly for the sake of (eventually) streamlining and ditching the over-pricey Citrix licenses.

      Microsoft is extremely late to this particular game, and is even less likely than VMWare to dislodge Citrix' hold on this particular use case.
      Random_Walk
      • RE: Microsoft delivers test build of server app-virtualization technology

        Microsoft is pitching License Mobility as making it easier for customers to move their application-server workloads from on-premises to the cloud at any time without additional licensing. For customers looking at hybrid cloud-on-premises deployments, the new terms should make life easier, Microsoft officials contend.
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      • RE: Microsoft delivers test build of server app-virtualization technology

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      • RE: Microsoft delivers test build of server app-virtualization technology

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        Arabalar
    • RE: Microsoft delivers test build of server app-virtualization technology

      @jasonp@... That is really a big question. Google's servers are the heart of Google's business. And it has long been a FEATURE, a FEATURE, not a LOOPHOLE, that one could privately modify the GPL code they use to run their business. Of course web applications are obviously SaaS. But where does one draw the line between those applications and the servers that host them? For example, take an insurance company running open source on their back end servers. At some point they decide to put a customer facing front end on those servers so that customers can access their accounts over the Net. Does that suddenly make that whole kaboodle Saas? If so, I am not sure I am comfortable with AGPL. In fact, I am not sure I am comfortable with this concept anyway since it undercuts one of the few provisions that make GPL software highly attractive to businesses that are not engaged in reselling the software itself. It really compromises the spirit of the GPL in some ways
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  • Never mind AIX LPARs and Solaris Zones?

    Virtual containers are not new, but what is a real challenge for Microsoft is the foundational OS architecture does not support this approach at all. This lipstick on a pig in a real sense, just as Azure is not a true statless and diskless model, which VMare ESXi (is) and KVM (can be). Microsoft needs a memory resident OS instance, to really launch this technology keeping the lipstick, but ditching the pig.
    Schorschi
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