A (Microsoft) code name a day: Carmine

There's one more week to go of Microsoft code names on this blog. Today's entry: Carmine, aka System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Even though more and more teams at Microsoft seem to be shying away from christening their fledgling products with good, old-fashioned code names – favoring the ever-so-boring “V.Next” designation instead -- there are still some who are doing so.

Microsoft code names always have piqued my interest. They offer some great clues about the Redmondians’ development priorities, not to mention a better understanding of which future Microsoft products fit together, from a strategy standpoint.

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In honor of Microsoft code-name junkies everywhere, I’m going to feature one, random Microsoft code name per work day for the rest of this month. I’ll provide as much information as I’ve been able to unearth on each, and attempt to provide some context as to how the team chose the name and how the forthcoming technology fits into the Redmond product hierarchy.

Microsoft code name of the day: Carmine

Best guess on what it is: System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Meaning/context of the code name: Carmine is a red/purplish-red color. So how does that fit in with Microsoft's systems-management code-name hierarchy? Good -- and puzzling -- question. System Center Operations Manager 2007's code name was/is "Relentless," which seems unrelated (to me, at least).

Back story: Carmine currently supports Virtual Server 2005 R2 and also will work with Longhorn Server, when that product ships in the latter half of 2007. Testers are currently working with Beta 1 of Carmine, released earlier this year.

Additional info: Carmine is due to ship in the latter half of 2007. It will be a complement to Microsoft's growing family of virtualization products, including the "Viridian" hypervisor technology for Longhorn Server, as well as the Microsoft Virtual Server product line.

Anyone have more details to share on "Carmine"? Or do you have another Microsoft code name you’ve been wondering about? Send it my way and I’ll do my best to track down some leads on what it might be.

And if you want to keep track of the full month's worth of Microsoft code names I end up posting, bookmark this "Microsoft Codenames" page.