Microsoft may have finally thrown in the towel on the idea of having certain hardware partners sell preconfigured containers of servers running Windows Azure as a 'private cloud in a box.'
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Remember those "private cloud in a box" Windows Azure appliances that Microsoft announced a year ago? There's finally a ship date slated for the first of them.
Based on comments made by a Microsoft Server and Tools division exec this week, it seems the M.I.A. Windows Azure Appliances are still on the Microsoft roadmap.
What's going on with Microsoft's private-cloud-in-a-box -- its Windows Azure Appliances? No one's really saying....
Windows Azure Appliances aren't the only ways for Microsoft customers to create private clouds. They also can assemble a number of on-premises components, including the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Self Service Portal 2.0.
VMware will standardise all its virtual appliances on Novell's OS under a deal that should help the virtualisation specialist reduce its dependency on Windows
Citrix has delivered a technical preview of a toolkit that allows developers to create and deploy OVF-based virtual appliances that run on multiple virtualization hypervisors.The toolkit, which was introduced last July, is code named "Kensho" and provides the ability to create, import and deploy application workloads on Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V and VMWare's ESX hypervisor as well as Citrix's own XenServer.
The tie-up with Microsoft should make it easier to manage Windows Server services in remote offices
Microsoft has added two new features to a Windows 2000 kit that allows computer makers to create special-purpose "server appliances," the company said Monday. The new features to the Server Appliance Kit are Multiple Device Manager, which allows customers to manage several server appliances from a central location, and Role-Based User Interface, which lets server administrators dictate the privileges of various classes of people.
The week of June 20 saw interesting tidings in the x86-based operating system frontgood news for Windows enthusiasts, and bad news for the Linux contingent. First, the Linux news: LynuxWorks, a Linux vendor that specializes in developing embedded operating systems (systems that go inside Internet appliances, hand-held computers, and industrial equipment) decided to postpone its initial public stock offering.
Microsoft on Wednesday released a new test version of Windows 2000 designed computer manufacturers who want to mold the operating system for their own designs. Windows 2000, released a year ago, has been catching on more slowly than the Redmond, Wash.
Intel is expected to announce that a brand of its non-PC Web appliances won't run on Windows. They will be powered by penguins instead.
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